There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book, and nothing more magical than strolling through a store with shelves full of them. Binge watching an entire season of a show on Netflix is surely entertaining, but reading an entire novel, front to back, feels far more rewarding.
The great thing is that Toronto is full of unique book stores – and we’ve created a list of places for you to check out! take a stroll and support local book shops:
1267 Bloor Street West
The Monkey’s Paw specializes in uncommon print, and is full of rare & unique books, especially from the 20th century. The best part? They have a $2 book vending machine! Just slide in a couple dollars and – tada! An old and unusual book is in your hand.
700 Spadina Avenue
Ten Editions books will make you feel perfectly comfortable in this space crammed with books of all kinds. It’s tough to find a spot more charming than this one!
883 Queen Street West
Type is an indie book store right across from Trinity Bellwoods – they often host events and carry all kinds of interesting books and trinkets. Definitely worth the stop!
471 Bloor Street West
BMV has four locations, but the favourite spot is on Bloor due to it’s size and selection. If you’re ever in need of a popular book for a great price, this should be your source!
548 Danforth Avenue
Re: Reading is an incredibly charming spot full of pre-loved books. It’s sweet prices and enormous selection of used print will have you strolling endlessly through the shop.
499 Church Street
Glad Day is one of the oldest LGBTQ book shops there is! Not to mention it’s a remarkably welcoming space full of friendly staff. Check out their awesome selection of books, sip on a drink and have a snack! What more could you ask for?
366 Bay Street
Ben Mcnally Books will make you feel as though you’re in story-book heaven with it’s stunning interior. The staff are immensely knowledgable and are great at helping you find the perfect book to suit your interest! Make sure to keep an eye out for the events that go on here.
914 Queen Street East
This Leslieville book shop has a sweet, inviting, and quirky vibe. stocked with all kinds of books, and an incredibly welcoming team, you’re bound to find the book of your dreams – or the perfect gift for a friend!
348 Danforth Avenue
Book City is an independent store and has several locations amongst the city, the oldest sits upon 348 Danforth – opened in 1976. The family-oriented business will make you feel right at home, and treat you like it too with all their book deals!
232 Queen Street East
Arcadia Art & Rare Books is full of just that! Rare print covers the room and is stacked on shelves to the ceiling. Fair warning, if you enter this store you will leave with a pile of gems – whether you intended to buy books that day or not!