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Fashion District As prestigious and trendy as the name suggests

Sandwiched between the Entertainment District and Niagara, the Fashion District is a small slice of downtown Toronto with far more fantastic fashion outlets than rental apartments. This is where independent, local designers design, manufacture and sell their clothes, including one-off pieces, custom shoes and fabulous threads you won't find anywhere else. There are a few wholesale shops left here that sell clothing, footwear and accessories for deeply discounted rates. The norm, though, is expensive boutiques. And while the Entertainment District might be synonymous with Toronto's bar and nightclub scene, but the fact is that some of the city's best after dark clubs are now located in the Fashion District. In terms of living, the Fashion District is as pricey as some of its limited-edition wares. From Spadina on the eastern border to Bathurst on the west, and Queen Street West in the north and the Expressway as the southern border, the Fashion District might feature some good steals for your closet, but actually renting a spot to hang your new wardrobe could cost an arm and a leg.

Who Lives Here

Young urban types. Singles and couples live in the mid- and high-rise condo buildings that overlook the lower buildings that house boutique shops in the Fashion District. And you'd better bet that your neighbours in the Fashion District have plenty of cash to throw around on rent and new threads.

Perfect for…

The rich and very, very trendy. The downtown lifestyle is in its prime here, with – shocking! – Toronto's most fashionable residents roaming the streets, storefronts, bars, restaurants, clubs and events of the neighbourhood.

Not-so-perfect for…

Anyone looking for a yard or detached house of any kind. They don't exist here. Also, if noise and a constant stream of eccentrics, socialites and urbanites milling around outside your home aren't what you bargained for, the Fashion District and the rest of downtown aren't for you.

Life and Style

Residents of the Fashion District are well dressed and have the budget to keep their wardrobe fresh at all times. The style here is as varied and eclectic as can be and can't be described in one shot, with haute couture mixing with street grunge at any given moment. Throughout the year, the designers and shop owners of the Fashion District put on fashion shows and other community events to showcase what's new and sexy in Toronto. The new condos in this neighbourhood are as trendy and modern as the shops below them. Those who rake in enough to live here, or fake it enough to make it for a while, are thrilled to be close to everything, with the Entertainment District at your back door and endless work opportunities everywhere else.

Housing Market

The heart of downtown, which includes the Fashion District, is one of the most expensive neighbourhoods to rent in Toronto. There are lots of shiny new condos in the community that range from elegant to contemporary to new age. All command rents higher than the norm, in part due to the ideal location.

Avg. rent by housing type and size

Studio/Bachelor: $1,200
1-bedroom: $1,750
2-bedroom: $2,250
3-bedroom: $2,800
Avg. rent compared to other Toronto neighbourhoods
The Fashion District is 10% higher than TO average

Typical housing type

Trendy condos and townhouses


West Queen West, at the north end of the community, as well as King West, running through the centre of the Fashion District, are both positively lined with restaurants and bars. Among them, La Palette for French fare, Lo Zingaro for pizza, Finn's Temple Bar, Valdez latin food and Blowfish for sushi. The list of bars and nightclubs is endless as well, and is concentrated to King and Queen, but are spread out a little more. Locals and Torontonians from elsewhere in the city head to the Bier Markt, Tattoo, Nocturne and Toika, just to name a few. Plus, just on the other side of Spadina is the Entertainment District, with even more options for spending a night under the coloured lights with the rest of Toronto's young, urban scene.