Highly lauded as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world, West Queen West is home to some of the best food, drinks and shopping Toronto has to offer. Luckily, The Drake Hotel is right in the heart of all the action. Make the most of your Toronto hotel stay with this guide.
When it comes to Toronto hotels, the city has no shortage of world-class options. From historic Toronto hotels that have been fixtures in the city for decades to international boutique hotels new to the city, there’s a plethora of places you can stay–but here’s what sets The Drake Hotel apart from other Toronto hotels:
Where To Stay
The Drake Hotel is located in the epicentre of the best Toronto has to offer. Explore our Classic and Modern Wing rooms here and book your stay now.
While there’s no shortage of things to do and see in the surrounding neighbourhood you can enjoy some of the best the city has to offer without leaving the hotel.
You can get your food fix in our dining lounge. Helmed by Executive Chef Laura Maxwell, the restaurant offers exciting menus, featuring locally sourced and sustainable ingredients to from-scratch plates. See our menus here.
If you just want to grab a coffee and one of our famous blueberry scones before setting out on a day of city exploration, head to the hotel’s Café.
In the evening, start your night with snacks and cocktails in our cozy Lobby Bar, or end your adventures with a nightcap before taking the elevator home to your crash pad.
Then if you’re looking for some excitement, descend into Drake Underground to catch a show or dance the night away. The Underground is always hosting dance parties, DJs and other musical acts, so no matter what’s on, you’re bound to have a good time. See what’s on here.
What To Do
The Drake Hotel is filled with thoughtful art around every corner. But if you’re looking for more art to discover, consider these art destinations:
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St W
As one of the largest art museums in North America, the AGO is a must-see for art lovers.
Museum of Contemporary Art
158 Sterling Rd #100
MOCA showcases modern works by emerging and established artists and is another destination for art lovers, and is surrounded by other smaller galleries to explore.
163 Sterling Rd Unit 144
Just by the Museum of Contemporary Art, you’ll find Towards Gallery, which is both an online publishing platform for independent art projects as well as a gallery space.
Xpace Cultural Centre
303 Lansdowne Ave Unit 2
Xpace Cultural Centre is an artist-run centre that showcases emerging and student artists, designers and other creatives.
1445 Dundas St W
This contemporary gallery has been one of the most influential spaces in Toronto ever since opening back in 2007.
Eating + Drinking
Toronto’s food scene is unique and unexpected and some of the best eats in the city are right in the neighbourhood. Eat your way through the city at these spots:
1375 Dundas St W
TikTok’s favourite bistro offering coffee and Parisian charm is just a few minutes away from The Drake.
1122 Queen St W
For a vegan-friendly option, head to Hello 123. It’s a great spot for brunch or lunch, and they also serve cocktails. Their sister quick-service restaurant and café, which is also all plant-based, Kupfert & Kim, can be found all across the city too.
1272 Dundas Street W
This romantic spot for cocktails and small bites also has private karaoke rooms
874 Queen St W
This inventive cocktail bar has an ever-changing menu, inspired by, as its name suggests, their “collective childhood memories.”
1330 Dundas Street W
Inspired by Tokyo homestyle cooking, this intimate spot is low key, offers small plates and a good selection of sake.
181 Dovercourt Rd
This slice shop is inspired by old school New York joints and slings no-frills slices on paper plates for whenever those pizza cravings hit.
Coffee + Treats
Sam James Coffee Bar
6 Brock Ave
Sam James Coffee Bar has been a city favourite for over a decade. They have five locations downtown, including the Brock location just down from us, but you can find their coffee roasting in cafes and restaurants all over.
728 Queen St W
Part café, part garden escape, this spot boasts a heated patio that’s the perfect resting spot during a day of city exploration.
189 Shaw St
This quaint café brings Australian flair to the neighbourhood along with crafted coffee drinks.
1448 Dundas St W
From the same team that brought the city the beloved vegan Bunner’s Bake Shop, Honey’s doles out plant-based ice cream with a rotating menu of inventive flavours.
What’s a trip without a few souvenirs? Peruse some of our favourite shops and boutiques while you’re here:
1410 Dundas St W
A mainstay in the city for fashionphiles, VSP Consignment has one of the best selections of luxury vintage clothing, handbags and more.
1290 Queen St W
For thriftier shoppers, Public Butter is crammed with vintage clothing to sift through. It might take some time, but you’re bound to find a gem or two in here.
1203 Dundas St W
Shopcoat is another curated vintage store that has a funky collection of clothing, shoes and even homewares.
Lost & Found
44 Ossington Ave
Lost & Found offers a premium selection of men’s fashion and home goods.
1447 Dundas St W
Easy Tiger is a lifestyle store that specializes in home decor, stationery, accessories, and more.
960 Queen St W
Coffee and records—is there a more perfect combination? Sip on Armenian coffee while perusing the selection.
Want to spend some time outdoors? Consider our park picks for a more laid back day of sun-soaking and neighbourhood exploring:
Trinity Bellwoods Park
During the summer months, Trinity Bellwoods is a mainstay for city dwellers, perfect for picnicking and people watching. Bring a blanket and grab a sandwich (Forno Cultura and Lambo’s Deli are both good options, but be sure to order ahead of time at Lambo’s!)
Riverdale Park East
Though this park is on the opposite side of Toronto, all the way on the east side of Queen, we promise the trek is worth it. Drive or take the streetcar all the way east and be rewarded with the best views of the Toronto city skyline.
For even more ideas, consult our community board next to the Modern Wing elevators to see a collection of recommendations from those who know the city best—our own team!
The Drake Hotel is steps away from transit stops that will take you directly to two main subway lines that service downtown Toronto—Line 1 and Line 2.
The Eastbound Queen streetcar will take you directly into the downtown core and connect you to Line 1 of the subway system. The streetcar stop is across the street from The Drake Hotel, by Queen Street and Abell Street.
To get on Line 2, you can take the bus north from the corner of Dufferin Street and Queen Street to Dufferin Station. Head to the TTC site for more information about transit hours, fares and more (https://www.ttc.ca/trip-planner).
If you’d like to drive instead, chat with our front desk to reserve a parking space. There’s also an indoor lot located at 45 Abell St, a block south of the hotel.