Toronto’s top shops for paper, stationery and notebooks

Toronto’s best stationery shops appeal to the artist in all of us. Find handcrafted pens that glide just right, pour over gorgeous handmade paper in Koreatown or sign up for a workshop and learn the art of calligraphy in the east end. Whether it’s for writing, sketching or a serious doodle, paper is personal, and these spots will help you find the pulp that’s perfect for you. [Feature image: Take Note]

Take Note

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2993 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z4

Take Note is a chic notebook, pen and stationery store in the Junction. The compact and quaint spot carries some seriously impressive pens, and is committed to offering expertly crafted products. Check out this independent gem for all your ballpoint, rollerball and fountain pen needs, plus an impressive selection of notebook and journals.

Wonder Pens

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150-250 Carlaw Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 3L1

What’s a notebook without the perfect pen? Wonder Pens is an independent, family-run shop in Leslieville, specializing in the perfect writing experience. Wonder Pens carries fountain pens, ink, notebooks, stationery and specialty calligraphy supplies. Drop into the Wonder Pens Letter Writing Club on every second Sunday of the month, or sign up for an introduction to calligraphy workshop and hang out with fellow pen and paper lovers.

Midoco Art & Office Supplies

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555 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6

Midoco is an arts supply store with an enviable selection of paper, pens and notebooks. This Annex mainstay prides itself on choice, and has a great range of journals and planners. All our functional favorites and old timey classics are present, like Moleskine, SemiKolon, Leuchtturm and Rhodia.

TOWN

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1187 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M9

The next time you’re walking through Bloordale check out TOWN, your new source for quirky cards, gorgeous stationery, gifts and design items. With uber ergonomic pencils, modern colouring books, do-it-yourself banners, TOWN has paper and craft activities for everyone. The Bloor Street boutique is also known for stocking beautiful seasonal items and gifts – keep your eyes peeled for floral wrapping paper in the spring and holiday ornaments in the winter.

Mr. Pen

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683 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1L3

Mr. Pen is a stationery and gift store loved by Koreatown shoppers looking to indulge in all things tiny, colourful and totally adorable. Mr. Pen sources their stock from China, Japan and Korea, bringing the best of kawaii to Toronto. Treat yourself to some handy notebooks, pop-up cards, compact pencil cases, washi tapes, gel pens or decorative stickers for cute crafting.

Above Ground Art Supplies

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74 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 3K2

Above Ground Art Supplies on McCaul Street is just steps away from OCAD and stocks a huge assortment of art supplies, paper, notebooks and pens. With a lot of options, knowledgeable staff and affordable prices, Above Ground is a great one-stop shop for artists and doodlers alike.

Hanji - Handmade Paper and Gifts

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619 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K8

Hanji is an adorable specialty paper shop in Koreatown. Sourcing unique stationery, minimalist handicrafts, stamps, pens and notebooks, this cozy spot is the perfect place to find a truly one-of-a-kind gift. Hanji is also equipped for your crafting and DIY projects with their beautiful, handmade mulberry paper, envelops, scrapbooking materials, ribbon, buttons and much more.

Outer Layer

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577 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B6

The Outer Layer is a gift and lifestyle shop on Queen West, catering to Toronto’s desire for the truly unique. You’ll find all your writing staples here, from quirky spiral bound journals to novelty sticky notes and notepads. Spoil yourself with some eclectic writing accessories and adorable office supplies.

Roncesvalles has long been a destination for Toronto’s foodies and at-home chefs. Known for its traditional Polish delis and indie produce markets, Roncey is also home to a slew of gourmet grocers, home-style bakeries and ethical meat shops. Spend an afternoon perusing this casual west end stretch and pick up the ingredients for your next kitchen creation.  [Image credit: iStock.com/martin-dm]
Made from crispy, flaky dough piped with pastry cream and traditionally topped with chocolate icing, éclairs have caught food-trend fire in Toronto, with expert pastry chefs serving up fun variations that rival those found on the streets of Paris. Head to these Toronto patisseries when you’re craving this classic French dessert, they’ll be offering rich flavour fusions that are absolutely to die for. [Feature image: Nugateau]
Toronto is a lingerie lover’s dream. With local designers like Fortnight and Mary Young making waves on the international scene, and boutiques importing cool brands from New Zealand and Los Angeles, this is the city to find your dream bra. Sprawl out in lush change rooms and consult with expert fitters on style and size. Who says high quality comfort has to be a luxury? [Feature image: Melmira Bra & Swimsuits Inc]
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