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Toronto’s Best Gallery Boutiques: 10 Shops for Art and Design Gifts

BY CRAIG MOY

Pimlico Design Gallery is one of Toronto's best gallery boutiques for artistic home products

Pimlico Design Gallery is one of Toronto’s best gallery boutiques for artistic home products

You needn’t take home a $10,000 painting to prove your good taste. An art book, handcrafted home-decor item or even a unique piece of jewellery from one of these 10 gallery boutiques will do the trick.

BEST GALLERY BOUTIQUE FOR UNIQUE HOUSEWARES
PIMLICO DESIGN GALLERY
High-style housewares are this boutique’s stock-in-trade. You’ll be hard-pressed to leave without buying some colourful cups, chic candlesticks or fun wooden tops for children.

• Pimlico Design Gallery, 643 Dupont St., 416-538-0909; pimlicogallery.com,
Map and reviews

BEST GALLERY BOUTIQUE FOR INUIT ART & MORE
THE GUILD SHOP
The Ontario Crafts Council’s retail arm represents dozens of local artistans—jewellers, textile artists and many others. It’s also the city’s oldest dealer of Inuit and First Nations art.

• The Guild Shop, 118 Cumberland St., 416-921-1721; theguildshop.ca
• Map and reviews

BEST GALLERY BOUTIQUE FOR FABULOUS JEWELLERY
MADE YOU LOOK
More than 100 independent Toronto jewellers sell their creations at this retailer’s two Queen West locations. One store focuses on special-occasion and custom-made pieces, while the other, just across the street, features fresh, fashion-forward wares.

• Made You Look, 1273 Queen St. W., 416-516-9595 & 1338 Queen St. W., 416-463-2136; madeyoulook.ca
Map and reviews

BEST GALLERY BOUTIQUE FOR LOCALLY MADE GOODS
DISTILL GALLERY
A longtime favourite in the Distillery Historic District, this shop showcases jewellery (check out the quirky earrings and cufflinks), decorative and functional ceramics, clothing and much more, all of it designed and produced by independent Canadian artisans.

• Distill Gallery, 24 Tank House Ln., ste. 103, 416-304-0033; distillgallery.com
Map and reviews

BEST GALLERY BOUTIQUE IN A MAJOR ART MUSEUM
SHOP AGO
The store at the Art Gallery of Ontario sells prints, books and objects related to its permanent collection and special exhibitions, but there’s also a huge selection of designer housewares and jewellery, plus tons of artsy accessories for kids.

• Shop AGO, 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6610; ago.net
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The Gardiner Shop is an excellent gallery boutique for functional and decorative ceramics, glass, wood pieces and more

The Gardiner Shop is an excellent gallery boutique for functional and decorative ceramics, glass, wood pieces and more

BEST GALLERY BOUTIQUE FOR CERAMICS & GLASS
THE GARDINER SHOP
Though housed in Toronto’s museum of ceramic art, pottery isn’t the only thing available here. You’ll also find a range of designer glassware, functional wood pieces and more.

• Gardiner Museum Shop, 111 Queen’s Park, 416-408-5066; gardinermuseum.on.ca
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BEST GALLERY BOUTIQUE FOR QUIRKY CHARACTERS
MAGIC PONY
This fun and funky space is a studio, gallery and retail store in one, which focuses on urban pop art and contemporary design objects. The selection of designer toys is especially notable.

• Magic Pony, 680 Queen St. W., 416-861-1684; magic-pony.com
• Map and reviews

BEST GALLERY BOUTIQUE FOR ART BOOKS
ART METROPOLE
Founded nearly 40 years ago by artist collective General Idea, Art Met hosts conceptual art exhibitions, but is also known for its stock of art books, limited-edition artists’ multiples and other accessibly priced ephemera.

• Art Metropole, 1490 Dundas St. W., 416-703-4400; artmetropole.com
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BEST GALLERY BOUTIQUE FOR BOOKS ON DESIGN
SWIPE BOOKS
Anchoring the 401 Richmond building’s array of galleries, studios and community organizations, Swipe boasts a well-curated range of books and periodicals on design, architecture, advertising and urbanism, as well as personal accessories and products for aesthetically inclined children.

• Swipe Books, 401 Richmond St. W., 416-363-1332; swipe.com
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BEST GALLERY BOUTIQUE FOR UNIQUE ANTIQUES
TORONTO ANTIQUES ON KING
A treasure trove for everything vintage, including sterling silver, porcelain and objets d’art, among other things. In particular, seek out dealer Cynthia Findlay and her fabulous selection of estate jewellery and engagement rings.

• Toronto Antiques on King, 284 King St. W., 416-345-9941; torontoantiquesonking.com
Map and reviews

 

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