How to Be a Hipster in Toronto

Being a dedicated hipster is a full-time job. But don’t worry; I’ve got you covered. From where to shop for clothing to where to buy your notebooks, you’ll never have to stress about how to be a hipster in Toronto!

Black Market

Black Market is a vintage clothing store located on Queen Street West. From sunglasses to vintage tees to denim vests, they have it all. You even have the option of getting a haircut!  Black Market has an in-house barber for whenever you’re in need of a fresh fade. But wait, you haven’t even heard the best part yet – everything they sell is $10!

Location: 256 Queen St W

Saje Natural Wellness

Once you’ve got your organic grocery shopping done, head over to Saje Natural Wellness for your essential oils! Saje Natural Wellness is a Canadian-owned and operated wellness store that strives to promote sustainability and product purity. The store is separated into sections of natural healing, skin care, balance, and ailments. Turns out, there is an oil to help you with just about anything! Are you a student who is stressed out from studying? There’s an oil for that. Are you a woman PMSing, experiencing mood swings, hot flashes, or menopause? There’s an oil for that too. Whatever you need for your well-being, you can find it at Saje.

Location: Toronto’s Eaton Centre

House of Energy

House of Energy is an organic tea and crystal shop located in Kensington Market. If you’re looking for a specific healing crystal, pendulum, or amethyst, House of Energy is your best bet. From time to time, House of Energy even has an in-house reader so you can learn what life has in store for you in the future!

Location: 145 Augusta Avenue 

Kid Icarus

If you’re into DIY and cool stationary, Kid Icarus is heaven on earth. Also located in Kensington Market, Kid Icarus is a screen print studio and retail shop. Ditch the digital and embrace paper heaven here!

Location: 205 Augusta Avenue

Anice Jewelry

Anice is a cute, handmade jewelry shop named after the owner/designer’s grandmother.  From the first step into the door, you’ll be hit with indie vibes, full force. Every piece is one of a kind, and there are adorable, inspirational messages hidden in every corner.

Location: 167 Augusta Ave

El Furniture Warehouse

Broke and hungry? El Furniture Warehouse is a retro dive bar with amazing food. The best part? Everything (with the exception of the beverages) is priced at $4.95! Music videos from an array of genres and decades play to satisfy the restaurants diverse clientele. El Furniture serves as both a cool place to eat and a cool place to hang. While there is always a line, rest assured, it moves pretty quickly!

Location: 232 Queen St. West

Wanderu recently partnered with VIA Rail to give you even more options to get to Toronto, so you can try to pose as a hipster yourself! Book a trip to Toronto from cities all across the U.S. and Canada on or by downloading the Wanderu app!



About the author: Brianne James is a university student from Toronto, Canada. Majoring in the Creative Industries, Brianne specializes in fashion, journalism, and digital media. Brianne enjoys singing, drinking too much tea, conversations about nothing, and making people smile.


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