Queen Street West is a Historic Street

Spanning approximately 3.5 miles in Toronto, Queen Street West is a historic street that has cultural and commercial significance. From premium entertainment facilities to underground music clubs, you'll find an eclectic mix of venues along this thoroughfare. You can easily navigate this lively street by riding the TTC streetcars during the day or night. Click to book your Queen Street West Pastry Tour.

Attractions and Landmarks

The Horseshoe Tavern on Queen St West
The Horseshoe Tavern on Queen St West
The street cuts through the centre of the Entertainment District of Toronto. Standing at the corner of University Avenue, the Four Seasons Centre is a world-class performing arts venue with more than 2,050 seats. This contemporary facility serves as the permanent home of the Canadian Opera Company. Standing across from the performing arts centre, Osgoode Hall is a historic landmark with a beautiful Neoclassical facade. Originally built in the 1820's, this building has a rich heritage in serving local lawyers and other individuals in the criminal justice system. You can also learn about the area's history at the neighbouring Campbell House Museum, which was built in 1822 in the Georgian style. As you navigate this famous street, you'll also admire modern skyscrapers that dominate Downtown Toronto's skyline. Standing 978 feet tall, First Canadian Place is located just two blocks south of the street. Additionally, the famous CN Tower is clearly visible from most points along this historic thoroughfare. Trinity Bellwoods Park is perhaps the most visited green space on Queen Street West. Occupying more than 36 acres, this municipal park has trails, playgrounds, tennis courts and an indoor recreational centre. Music concerts, festivals, fairs and other special events are held on the lush lawns of this urban park. The western end of the street leads to the waterfront Budapest Park. Hugging the shore of Lake Ontario, this park has seasonal beaches, boardwalks and other family-friendly facilities.

Shopping and Dining

Queen St West - from Entertainment to Mom-and-Pop Shops
Queen St West features everything from entertainment to cafes to mom-and-pops shops
From ethnic bistros and cafes to delis and high-end restaurants, the street is lined with an array of establishments that serve delicious food and refreshing drinks. As you walk between Spadina Avenue and University Avenue, you'll see plenty of typical urban dining venues with light fare. The stretch between Spadina Avenue and Bathhurst Street is lined with multiple bars and lounges, some of which host live music and special events. This vibrant street also has plenty of mom-and-pop shops instead of modern chain stores. Nevertheless, you'll find some great bargains on designer apparel, jewellery, shoes, accessories and electronics just west of Downtown Toronto. In recent years, gentrification has sparked an increase in art galleries that usually display works from local and international artists. Occupying a short stretch of the street near Chinatown, Graffiti Alley also has lots of fascinating urban masterpieces by amateur artists.

Transportation and Getting Around

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The Toronto Transit Commission's 501 streetcar makes more than 20 stops on Queen Street West throughout the day. Night service on this street is provided by the 301 streetcar. Both services run eastbound and westbound at short intervals. You can make smooth transfers to other streetcar lines, like the 504, 510 and 511. Additionally, the TTC 1 Line subway serves the University Avenue/Osgoode Station and Yonge Street/Queen Street on this busy thoroughfare. Due to the heavy rapid transit options, bus service on this street is limited compared to other parts of Downtown Toronto. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. The westbound and eastbound lanes for vehicles are relatively narrow by the city's modern standards. Streetcar tracks also occupy a significant portion of the street, so bicyclists should take extra precautions, especially during peak hours. By: Denise Marie
Published On: 2018-10-09
Updated On: 2019-11-05

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