Toronto - Fashion District
By public transit
The Queen streetcar (number 501) runs through the neighborhood, however it runs with traffic and can be extremely slow, to the point of being slower than walking, it can also be extremely overpacked. It is necessary to always take a transfer upon boarding this route as random ticket inspections can occur, as a result of this, if you already have a valid transfer, you can enter through the rear doors, this is only the case on this route. The 510 streetcar runs from Union Station along Queen's Quay in the Harbourfront neighbourhood and then Spadina where it bisects the neighbourhood, it ends at Spadina subway station on the Bloor-Danforth line. The 510 runs entirely in its own right-of-way and makes less frequent stops than the regular lines, making it significantly faster than the Queen streetcar, getting off at Queen Street will place you right in the middle of the neighbourhood. The 510 is extremely convenient as it connects Union Station, the Harbourfront, Clubland, the Fashion District, Chinatown, Kensington Market, the University of Toronto, the Annex and Spadina subway station. The 511 streetcar runs along Bathurst Street from Bathurst subway station on the Bloor-Danforth line to Exhibition Place in the Harbourfront, getting off at Queen Street will also place you in the centre of the neighbourhood, however this line runs with traffic making it very slow and it can become extremely overpacked. The University subway line Osgoode station at the corner of Queen Street and University Avenue is located at the eastern end of the neighbourhood.
- Several places serving superb polyglot East-West Indian "roti" curry wraps scattered between Palmerston and Spadina, on the North side of the street. Get it hot, don't miss the point.
- A bunch of great sushi places that are pretty reasonably priced (to say the least): Sushi Time, Sushi On Bloor, and a few more that you can spot by strolling between University and Spadina on Queen. Try The Swan for scrambled eggs with oysters for brunch.
- Fressen 478 Queen Street West; 416-506-5127
- The Bovine Sex Club is a Queen Street institution at 542 Queen west of Spadina. It has no sign or visible window, but can be recognized on the north side of the street by the large selection of metallic junk welded together as what passes for their sign. It caters to an extremely eclectic crowd of people - some with mohawks, some who wear their mohawks inside their head - and plays an eclectic range of music. If you are not scared by the term 'punk' then you should be right at home. Note that the 'Sex' in the bar's name is purely provocative - this is not a strip club or swingers bar.
- The Horseshoe Tavern is another Queen St. W. institution just east of Spadina, which specializes in quality modern live music. Assorted bands and artists perform almost every night of the week, at a range of ticket prices. Although the name suggests country and western, the entertainment rarely has any relation to that genre, falling instead into the broad category of Alternative Music.
- Beaconsfield Bed and Breakfast, 38 Beaconsfield Ave., Queen West area of downtown Toronto., . An artist-and-actress couple runs this fun and welcoming 1882 Victorian B&B.C$95 to C$170.
- Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West, ☎ 1 (416) 531 4635, . An interesting alternative to standard hotel-chain fare is the newly renovated, turn-of-the century Gladstone Hotel. It has a number of truly unique, artist designed rooms.Rates from $150.
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