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Where to Shop Now: Queen East

We tour you through the neighbourhood’s best furniture & lighting shops, decor boutiques and kitchen & bath showrooms

Photography by Naomi Finlay

“Life is all about seating and lighting.” – Graydon Carter, Canadian-American journalist.

Queen East is a hood ‘humming with vintage cool, brilliant baby stuff and contemporary heirlooms. With 28 stores to browse, you’ll find everything from classic Eames chairs to hand-carved stools from Zimbabwe. Click a pin on the map below to get more information about any of this eclectic design district’s hottest shops.

Fave Finds:

Seven standout discoveries from our favourite design shops

DL-G16-Nabes-QE-VisoBolio   Bolio pendant by Viso Inc.

DL-G16-Nabes-QE-IceTray   Kaplus ice tray by Art.Lebedev Studio at Up to You

DL-G16-Nabes-QE-greentea   Bean chest by Greentea Design

DL-G16-Nabes-QE-ZigZaglamp   Pinokkio table lamp by Hala Zeist at Zig Zag

DL-G16-Nabes-QE-3sproutsbox   Peacock storage box by 3 Sprouts at Baby on the Hip

DL-G16-Nabes-QE-GUFF   Teak dining chairs at GUFF

DL-G16-Nabes-QE-IittalaMiyake   Issey Miyake ceramics by Iittala at Studio Pazo

Editor’s Picks:

Two design destinations that constantly delight, surprise and deliver

Avenue Road

Avenue Road
Housed in a 1907 industrial building modernized by Yabu + Pushelberg, Avenue Road is an architectural marvel. Giant triangular steel trusses command attention on the top floor, while a central glass atrium carries natural light all the way down to the basement displays of office furniture. Throughout this dramatic setting, vignettes display artful arrangements of luxe furniture upholstered in plush fabrics, gilded with glam metallics or cut from richly-veined marble.


Little Peeps
Twinkling chandeliers illuminate shelves filled with backpacks, ballet tutus and even a family of plush emus at this enchanting children’s boutique. We especially love the shop’s stylish takes on such everyday nursery essentials as nightlights and storage bins. Looking for educational toys? Check out Uncle Goose’s set of wooden blocks decorated with words from foreign languages.