Best Stores To Shop For Back-To-School In Toronto

Best Stores To Shop For Back-To-School In Toronto

The end of August can feel like the busiest time of year. While some of us are preparing the kids for a new school year, others are getting ready to swap late nights for early classes and commutes. Whether you’re in the market for school supplies for your kids or home office supplies for yourself, these local stores are where to go to get organized this September. 

Here are our favourite back-to-school stores in Toronto.

Midoco Art & Office Supplies  

‘Your creative outlet,’ Midoco offers a variety of art and office supplies with character. Peruse a selection of desk lamps and bookends, agendas and notebooks, paints and canvas and craft kits, and be inspired to get back into a routine your way.  

Multiple locations in Toronto  

Cozy Grotto  

This gift and stationery store at College and Spadina is a treat for the eyes. Bring the kids and shop cleverly designed backpacks, pencil cases, art folders, interesting sticky notes, as well as fun trinkets you didn’t know you needed like stuffed animal keychains and desk figurines. The first day of school just got friendlier. 

Location: 437 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON
Store hours: Monday to Thursday 12-7:30 p.m.; Friday to Saturday 12-8:00 p.m.; Sunday 12-7:30 p.m.

Te Koop 

For all manner of bags – backpacks, book and messenger bags, totes, and duffels, Te Koop, along with their sister store, Getoutside, is a one-stop shop. Also shop laptop sleeves, iPhone cases, and other accessories to keep your devices and intellectual property safe. 

Location: 421 Queen St W, Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 348-9485
Store hours: Every day 11-8 p.m.


This furniture dealer in Liberty Village is devoted to keeping small spaces tidy and functional. With unique furniture and multi-functional home décor pieces like desk organizers, filing cabinets, and shelving, shoppers can maximize small spaces like dorm rooms or condo home offices, or kids’ bedrooms in one trip. 

Location: 222 King St East, Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 815-2002
Store hours: Monday to Saturday 9-5 p.m.; Sunday CLOSED

The Paper Place  

The Paper Place is well known and loved for its vast selection of stationery and paper-related products. With 2000 papers from around the world, as well as writing tools and other curiosities, this Queen West shop is where to go to enliven your inner writer and crafter. 

Location: 887 Queen St W, Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 703-0089
Store hours: Saturday to Wednesday 10-6 p.m.; Thursday & Friday 10-8 p.m.

Wonder Pens   

Wonder Pens is not your average stationery store. Here, pen aficionados get to choose from a range of brands and styles from the fountain to ballpoint to calligraphy to dip pens and more, and stock up on elevated stationery to accompany. 

Location: 52 Clinton St, Toronto ON
Phone: (416) 799 5935 
Store hours: Wednesday to Sunday 12-5 p.m.; Monday & Tuesday CLOSED 

Outer Layer  

This collection of artsy school and office supplies like stickers and stamps, desk accessories, and gifts is anything but boring. Outer Layer caters to the needs of students looking to jazz up a dorm room, and teachers hunting for school supplies and materials. 

Location: 577 Queen St West, Toronto ON
Phone: (416) 869-9889
Store hours: Monday to Saturday 11-7 p.m.; Sunday 12-6 p.m.

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