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queen for a day

Herewith, an afternoon of shopping and drinks on Toronto's Queen Street West.


Clafouti Patisserie & Café, 915 Queen Street West, 416-603-1935

Francophiles will love Clafouti's perfectly sized and ultra-flaky croissants, mouth-watering brioche and piping hot café allongé. It's clearly the café for Queen Street West's hipster types (enter Maggie Gyllenhaal lookalike with tiny tot in tow) and pastry connoisseurs.


Terroni, 720 Queen Street West, 416-504-0320

Score a seat at the bar and watch as everyone from local politicos to the Globe's style reporters sip on Chianti and dine on must-haves like lemon spaghettini and thin crust pizzas.


Delphic, 706 Queen Street West, 416-603-3334

It's impossible not to scoop up minimalist finds from J. Lindberg, Fillippa K and Acne at this edgy boutique post your Chianti-drenched lunch at Terroni's.

The Paper Place, 887 Queen Street West, 416-703-0089,

You'll spend hours perusing the beautiful Japanese paper, letter pressed note cards, unique journals and other pretty gift items (don't miss the tea tins) at this little gem of a stationary shop.