Toronto’s Secret Treasure: Acadia Vintage Book & Art Store

Hi honey, I’m home – and I’ve got a big, fat, green monster with me named “Envy”. Yes, I am envious; steaming jealous, in fact. Why? What could I possibly be envious of? You bastards – you bastards and your Autumnal season.

Oh my god, you people will not let me escape it – fall moodboards, fall playlists, fall bucketlists. I moved to Australia to chase the sun and relive my summer, but I’m being bombarded with the beautiful season that is Autumn and I’m . . . I’m melting, guys, it’s getting to me. Part of me is wistfully window shopping on UK sites to look at the new knits and boots and-

Look, let’s just stop this here, I can’t take the pain.

Jokes aside, I have been loving the Autumn content recently and, while I am most definitely not in Autumn, it’s definitely reminded me of what I got up to during Autumn/Winter of last year! So today, almost a year late, I’m going to be sharing some of my trip to Toronto with you – in fact, I’m going to be sharing my favourite place that we found there.

Acadia Antique Book & Art Store

In case you are unfamiliar with the circumstances leading me to Toronto, last year after I sold my blog (go check out that blogging journey post, it’s an interesting one!) I took my mother on a two-part holiday as a Christmas present. We started off in Toronto, then flew from there to New York and we had a great time!

I actually booked this trip with Wowcher (not sponsored, sadly. Feel free to sponsor me though, Wowcher, I wouldn’t complain) – they always have great package holidays where flights, accomodation and transfers are taken care of for a literal fraction of the normal price. You guys already know how much I love Wowcher (my entire Italy trip earlier this year was booked through them!), so if you’re into travelling cheaply make sure you check out their travel offers.

But enough about how we got there; let’s talk about this treasure trove we discovered when we were there.

The store’s address is 232 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S3, Canada, but we stumbled across it when out walking around – and up the road from it is where we got a (very eventful) psychic reading! The entire area is . . . I’m not quite sure what the right word here is, but it’s atmospheric. Bohemian, quirky. Above the stores are unique apartments with tons of character and charm – and the best damn windows you’ve ever seen.

It’s not massive in the way of foot traffic and along its stretch of road there are a few other antique stores, but they’re quite spread out. In fact, we only discovered this treasure on the way to the Toronto Christmas markets and we couldn’t ignore the allure! (If you saw a vintage bookstore with a big sign saying “art” and “books” with a freaking cat on it, would you be able to ignore it? I think not.)

While primarily an antique book store, Acadia is so much more than just that. It’s the sort of place you can lose hours inside and still not make a dent, the kind of place you daydream about working in – the kind of place that piques your curiosity; that inspires story ideas and characters and ideas.

There are three floors of goodies to trawl through. It’s an absolute treasure trove; stuffed full of little wonders to discover from vintage fairytale books to prints and postcards. Art, music – even typewriters! It’s a magical little cove full of hidden gems; in fact, it’s exactly the kind of whimsical little shop you expect to discover walking along the streets that could easily be part of a fairytale.

Look at them; tell me they aren’t straight out of a supernatural novel. I expect a friendly witch to live in one of these houses and tend to Acadia as her day job, running her fingers over the old books and sometimes discovering grimoires and spellbooks.

Which leads us nicely to the love of my Toronto life, a book that I was almost tempted to spend ยฃ50 onย  . . .

Alas, I did not buy the beauty because I’d planned to come back for it if I still had change after the Christmas markets and we ended up coming back too late, but it called to my soul.

While a lot of the wares do come at a premium prices due to their age etc, there are a lot of more affordable options like the vast collection of old records in their simply beautiful covers.

So, even if you are on a budget, you can still pick yourself up some great little souveneirs.

Now, onto the real stars of the show, the cats. There were two beautiful, fluffy, friendly cats lounging around the store – which makes sense, considering the sign outside – and they were just the final touch I never knew the shop needed.

Look at those balls of fluff!

Okay, my beautiful people, that is my little hidden treasure from Toronto now shared with you! I hope you enjoyed this post; have you ever been to Toronto? Would you visit this bookstore? Let me know your thoughts down below!


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54 thoughts on “Toronto’s Secret Treasure: Acadia Vintage Book & Art Store”

  1. Wondered what you were doing… watched Suicide Squad a few times to feel like I was still in the mix.

      1. 2 brothers are renovating their little nest on my block. One is a plastic gangstar…. I probably shouldn’t have asked them if their little home improvement project was a sort of “Alan Parsons project”…

      1. Wooooow girl this is like my DREAM. Wow. This is me all over (I’m loving the whole Autumn / Winter vibe of these photos too)…I never knew you went to Toronto, where have I been? Did you tell us and my memory is really that bad? I’m getting old. It’s too much. I can’t lie, cold weather is my favourite so knowing you’re jealous of us right know MAY have possible made me a little smug….but I’m still jealous of you being in Aus so I guess we’re even ๐Ÿ˜‰ xxx

        1. I ACTUALLY THOUGHT OF YOU WHEN I VISITED! And thank you so much girly ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was last year in December when I was just going on a lot of holidays and I never posted about it ๐Ÿ™‚ We also did NYC! And ugh don’t please, I massively miss my knits and jumpers *cries* … but then I have met many a hot aussie guy so that’s always a plus ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

        1. UGH I’M SO JEALOUS ;-; I hope you massively enjoy it girly, I shall be living through you all! Honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t post about it before – Toronto is such a beautiful place, I hope you get to go <3

      2. Girl I was fighting the Autumn vibes until I went apple picking….yesterday. Still fighting it and once Christmas I over, I will be over it so don’t feel like you are missing out. I still wish I was by the ocean and ninety degree days right now ๐Ÿ™‚ Also I love Toronto! And what an adorable bookshop! <3

        1. I totally see how you were drawn to the store, I would have had to take a look around, too! That’s so freakin’ cute that the cats are in there & enjoying pets. ๐Ÿ™‚

        2. Wow this book and art store looks like a dream ๐Ÿ˜ I love these kind of shops so much. It feels mysterious and they are beautiful. Great pictures โค๏ธ

        3. You’re in Toronto?! We better meet up rnnn. I mean…I totally don’t live around there ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚ And yes, Canada has great autumn weather but the winters SUCK ๐Ÿ˜ญ Doesn’t Australia have autumn too tho? The book store looks cool and how do you pull off a messy bun so well? ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ Great post gurl!!

          1. Sadly not anymore, I was there last december ๐Ÿ™‚ And oh god yeah, I wasn’t there for the REALLY cold parts of winter, but we were told how cold it gets *shudders* Australia does, but their seasons are all backwards so we’re currently in Spring over here! And awwwww thank you so much you total sweetie! <3

        4. I have never been to Toronto but I would absolutely love to! This bookstore probably would not appeal to me but I can admire a good bookstore without wanting to buy anything there. xx

        5. Visited Toronto 5 years ago and completely fell in love with the city, Iโ€™m planning to go back (soonโ€ฆhopefully) and Iโ€™ll make sure to stop at this lovely place! It looks fantastic

        6. omg the cats… ๐Ÿ’• What an awesome shop. I love indie places, but I’ve been to some that definitely weren’t as charming as this!

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