For something a little more alternative go to Queen Street West where you will find many independent clothing stores and a great collection of bistros and bars. Queen SW is now best known as a centre for Canadian broadcasting, music, performance, fashion, and the visual arts. Over the past twenty-five years, Queen West has become an international arts centre, and a main tourist attraction in Toronto. Queen St. W between University Avenue and Spadina Avenue is a place of shops and restaurants. Check out Queen St. W. from Bathurst to Dufferin, where you'll see independent designers, coffee shops, pubs, and boutique hotels and bars like The Drake. Located in downtown Toronto 'Clubland', where music is hammered every night of the week, can be found just south of Queen St. W. between University and Spadina Avenue and attracts attention of many tourists. Try also Fez Batik for a good patio, or head to System Soundbar for late night or early mourning dancing.
Yorkville, a former village and the 3rd most expensive retail space in North America, is a district in Toronto. Once the shelter of hippies musicians like Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, Yorkville lies just north of the University of Toronto, between Bay Street and St. George Street, on Cumberland Avenue. The district is very famous for its shopping. Tourists will see high end shops, dining, hotels and celebrities floating around this district. A number of the city's most exclusive retail stores decorate its streets, for example Lux Spa, Prada, Gucci, MAC Cosmetics, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Holt Renfrew, Tiffany & Co., Escada, Ermenegildo Zegna, Cartier SA, Harry Rosen, Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Vera Wang, Lacoste, Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Williams-Sonoma, Bang and Olufsen, Betsey Johnson, Max Mara, Mont Blanc, Bulgari, Henry Birks and sons, Coach, Guerlain, Swarowski and other fashionable designer boutiques.
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