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Bookstores Across Ontario Part 1

Hello friends, happy Thursday, I hope you’re all well! Today I’m going to be starting a new series on the blog! I’m excited to present the Bookstores Across Ontario series; a series where I talk about the bookstores I’ve been to in my province. Let’s jump into it!

I’m so excited to share with you all the seven bookstores I went to visit a few weekends ago. My friends and I spent the whole day going from one independent bookstore to the next. I have to say, before we even went out, I had made a list of all of them in Ontario, and I’m shocked at how many there are. I just counted and there are roughly 111!! I mean, I could even be missing some because one of the places on this list I missed and just happened to find it when we went to another one in that area.

I have lots to discover and the journey is only just beginning.

In this blog we hit up bookstores in these Ontario cities: Mississauga, Etobicoke, Bolton and Orangeville.

First up is Mississauga.

Our first stop was to a very small, yet super cozy shop called The Book Wardrobe. Located in the heart of Streetsville, at 223 Queen St. S on the second floor, this little place has so much to choose from. I’ve been to this bookstore once before years ago and I was so happy to go back (and I can’t wait to go again!). I love how warm and comforting this shop feels.

Website: The Book Wardrobe
Twitter: @book_wardrobe
Instagram: @thebookwardrobe

Next up was Etobicoke.

Our second stop was another small shop, that we almost missed! A Novel Spot Bookshop is tucked away in the Humbertown Shopping Centre at 270 The Kingsway, Etobicoke. This little place has lots to offer as well, and the lady who worked there was SO friendly, kind and made sure you found what you were looking for (trust, we searched high and low for Mexican Gothic by: Silvia Moreno-Garcia). It was such a wonderful experience. I would go again if I was in the area again.

Website: A Novel Spot Bookshop
Twitter: @NovelSpotBooks
Instagram: @NovelSpotBooks

Our next spot in Etobicoke/Toronto was Moonbeam Books. This little shop is located on Jane Street at 335 Jane St. This store focuses on children and young adult literature. Even though it’s geared toward a younger audience, you know that I was still able to find something to walk away with (I almost left with a few things). I liked how crisp this store felt; it was brightly lit.

Website: Moonbeam Books
Instagram: @moonbeambooks

Our next stop in the Etobicoke/Toronto area was a small shop called Squibb’s Stationers. Located at 1974 Weston Road, this store not only has books but it has stationary as well. They also have knick knacks and they have a bit of a focus on religious text. By this point A Man Called Ove by: Fredrik Backman had been following me so I decided to buy it here.

Website: Squibb’s Stationers

Next up was Bolton.

Our next stop was to Bolton where we went to Forster’s Book Garden. Located at 266 Queen St. This bookshop had a dog! A big, friendly dog! If you love dogs this place will be enjoyable. He follows you around and is just such a cutie. Not only is the dog friendly, the owners are too! This was another small little place that had lots to offer, it had books (obviously), DVDs, candles, bookish merch. I ended up getting a Christmas gift for my brother there.

Website: Forster’s Book Garden
Instagram: @forstersbookgarden

Last stop was Orangeville.

Our last stop was Orangeville… one thing I have to say about this city before I get to the stores โ€“ they deck their downtown out for Halloween and it’s SO cool! Their downtown is like something you’d see out of a Hallmark movie, it left our trip on a happy note!

Our next stop was to a bookstore I didn’t originally have on my list. It happened to pop up when I googled our last spot (they are like 10 minutes away from each other) but Reader’ Choice was a happy find. Located in the heart of downtown at 151 Broadway St. This bookstore had rows and rows and rows of used books. There were more books than your eyes can see and I love bookstores like that. I did manage to find a Goosebumps book that the library didn’t have!

Website: Reader’s Choice

Our last shop was at a place called Booklore located at 121 First Street. This was another small little shop that again had so many titles to choose from that I found it hard to choose what book to take home.

Website: Booklore

And that’s a wrap on the first couple bookstores in Ontario I’ve been to. I can’t wait to continue on with this series and visit more, hopefully soon! If you know of any independent bookstores in Ontario, let me know! I’m always happy to add more to my list! ๐Ÿ˜Š

6 thoughts on “Bookstores Across Ontario Part 1

  1. The Book Wardrobe is my local bookstore! Carmella is the best, she’s always so helpful and just lovely to chat to.

    You should make sure The Great Escape bookstore on Kingston Rd in Toronto is on your list! It’s down the street from my work. There is floor-to-ceiling shelves of books – new and used, AND they have a store dog. They’re only open from 10-2 I believe, but so worth the trek. There’s also Ella Minnow a few blocks down as well, so definitely worth the trek!

    There’s also The Pegasus Shoppe (I work above it), which is a thrift store with all proceeds going to the Pegasus Community Project (offering day supports for adults with disabilities). They have a small book selection, but soooo many clothes/household items if you’re into thrifting.

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    1. That’s amazing! I love how cozy and yes friendly. I’d like to go back at some point!

      Thank you for adding The Great Escape to my list! That one wasn’t on it, I do have Ella Minnow on my list, but I somehow missed The Great Escape… adding it now! It sounds so pleasant!

      I am into thrifting, that place sounds so cool! Again, thank you for the recs! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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