Originally populated by greasy-spoons frequented by students and punk-rock fans, the Queen West neighborhood has shaken off its beatnik vibe. Now a high-profile area laden with shops and restaurant chains, the area encompasses the vibrant green space of Trinity Bellwoods, a family-friendly neighborhood peppered with cozy hipster cafes, quirky brunch spots, and lovely Victorian houses. Savvy shoppers are never too far from West Queen West, a two-kilometer boutique haven just south of Trinity Bellwoods Park. The favored stretch for new-age shops such as Frank & Oak and All Birds, Queen West offers plenty of opportunities to peruse the latest art exhibits, sip customized cocktails on a terrace, or discover local labels. Easily accessible to cyclists, public transit users, and motorists, Queen West is the perfect place to while away the time.