Toronto’s’ King West neighbourhood has boomed over the last 20 years. The area had very little attraction before that. In fact, there was no sense of community until the Advertising agencies began to see the potential of the historic buildings, these Ad agencies saw a New York City like SoHo vibe potential. They were right. A few years later, condo developers also saw the potential to create a vibrant neighbourhood for young professionals and those who prefer an uptempo pace to city life while being close to work and all of the restaurants one could dream of.
Fast forward with the Hard Loft conversions along Adelaide, Tridel, Freed Development’s projects and a smattering of other downtown condos. We now have a mature neighbourhood with sone fabulous condos in a generally higher value per square foot.
King West is great and only getting better with the future developments that are planned and the overall growth and creativity of the condo developers coming online in this hood.
We want to share some of our favourite spots in King West!
Bar Buca – Choose either Bar Buca or Buca in King West, and you will be happy. Very happy. Buca offers excellent Italian. Some of the dishes are rustic, which adds to a delightful experience in what is a very modern part of town, which boasts the latest and greatest of everything else.
Le Select Bistro – Hands down our long-standing favourite brunch spot in King West. In fact, this is our favourite place for Eggs Benedict in the entire city! They serve their Benny on their very own croissants…and they don’t skimp on the tasty butter! When you step into this restaurant, it is like you have been transported over to Paris. People reading the newspaper and sipping espressos, it’s terrific!
Quantum Coffee – Can you recall the Global Backpacker’s Hostel that seemed to be entirely out of place for all of those years at the North West corner of King and Spadina? Well, a few years back, that building went through a major restoration, and it is simply a stunning space now. Fortunately, an amazing, minimalist coffee shop currently resides in the neighbourhood to support the caffeinated folks of King West.
Best Dog Park:
Stanley Park – No, this isn’t a typo, it’s not “that” Stanley Park in Vancouver. This is the best dog park along King West. It’s a huge piece of grass to let you dog explore. Also, there are tennis courts should you wish to get your excise in, too.