The top 7 places that are perfect for wearing your glasses in Toronto

Jun 27 2017, 3:03 am

What’s not to love about summer?

You’ve waited for Toronto to warm up for what feels like an eternity, and you’re ready to get outside. You’re feeling pretty good about all your summer essentials – sunscreen, a cute bikini, some new music to keep you entertained. But as you scroll through your Instagram feed, you can’t help but feel you’re missing something; the one special accessory that everyone’s showing off.

Looking at different photos, that item practically looks you in the eye; an elegant pair of 60s-inspired glasses.

But when you look online it’s a bit difficult to choose. The prices are high and you’re looking to score a pair at an affordable price. Luckily, Canada’s largest online optical retailer, Clearly, is running a Buy One Get One (BOGO) offer site-wide on all of their eyeglasses until the end of July.

This is definitely a deal to celebrate so we’ve compiled a list of seven of the top places in Toronto that are perfect for wearing your new glasses.

The Monkey’s Paw



You want to read something totally new so you take a trip to The Monkey’s Paw. Known for stocking uncommon books spanning arts, travel, fiction, and more, this bookstore is the perfect place to find something that’s as quirky as your new square frames. Read a few pages of books that spark your interest at the Bloor Street bookstore while you try your new frames for the first time.

Art Gallery of Ontario

Step into the hub of contemporary art in the city at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Browse the different galleries at the Dundas Street venue and watch the scenes unfold through mediums of paint, print, and sculpture. Embrace the contrast of the gallery’s different colours just like the different tones in your oval-shaped Betty Davis-style frames.

The Green Grind

Stop by The Green Grind for an americano and light snack. Centrally located on College Street, you’ll love the laid-back atmosphere and the eco-conscious nature of the cafe. This is definitely the perfect spot for a first date, and wearing your chic black frames gives you an instant topic of conversation.

Swan Dive

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When it’s cocktail hour and you’re craving a martini with a twist, hit up Swan Dive. Located on Dundas Street, this bar rocks a vintage feel that will easily compliment your new light-pink frames. Whatever you do, make sure you’re armed with your camera phone.

Poetry slam: Poetry Jazz Cafe

Get creative and leave your comfort zone at home when you visit the Poetry Jazz Cafe. Located on Augusta Avenue, it’s home to one of the city’s best poetry slam events. You can have your say at poetic justice and mirror a true artsy look with your baby blue frames sitting at the tip of your nose.


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It’s easy to forget that downtown Toronto is home to a vibrant theatre district. Sometimes all it takes is a walk through Canada’s largest theatre district to ignite your passion for the arts. Wearing your glasses as you walk through the bustling hub gives you that extra drama and it means you can catch a last-minute show – looking like you’re right at home.

Vintage shopping

Vintage style is timeless and it’s better if you can snag high-end brands. Thrill of the Find offers so much scope for adding vintage pieces to your wardrobe. Wear your glasses to try on a suede dress from the 60s and channel your inner Brigette Bardot.

Toronto is home to countless places that are guaranteed to vibe with your glasses – now all you have to do is buy some new frames.

Luckily, Clearly has tons of them as Canada’s largest online optical retailer, so you’ll be able to find something trendy – perfect eyesight or not. And this year they’re doing a special Buy One Get One (BOGO) offer in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

If you’re travelling this summer, you can simply order your glasses online anywhere in the world and have them waiting for you when you get home. It’s that easy.

To see all of the designer and standard frames you can purchase through Clearly, check out them out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


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