In a world where so much shopping is done online or in big box stores, Paradise Bound Collectible Records & Antique Japanese Art is a refreshing reminder of the joy and beauty that can be found in independent shops. Located in the Kensington Market neighbourhood of Toronto, this family-owned and operated shop has been a fixture in the community for over twenty years, since opening at 270 Augusta Avenue in 2000.
Paradise Bound sells an impressive collection of vinyl spanning every genre of music including an enormous selection of classical records, a small portion of which can be seen here. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just starting out, the staff are always happy to offer recommendations and share their expertise.
In addition to their impressive record selection, Paradise Bound is also home to an exquisite collection of antique Japanese art. The shop owner’s family are based in the Kansai region of Japan and they make regular trips there, working with dealers in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Tottori to curate the beautiful art in their store. From hanging scrolls and ceramics to woodblock prints and lacquerware, the collection at Paradise Bound showcases the richness and diversity of Japanese art and culture.
The shop’s commitment to quality, knowledge, and customer service is a testament to the importance of preserving and supporting local businesses. Here’s a photo from Paradise Bound at last summer’s Solstice Festival in Kensington Market:
Whether you’re a music lover, art enthusiast, or just looking for an interesting shopping experience, Paradise Bound is a beloved destination to visit in Kensington Market. Open Wednesday-Sunday 12-6pm. 270 Augusta Avenue, Toronto.
If you are vising downtown Toronto for the first time, here are some directions on how to find Kensington Market:
- By Car: If you are driving, the closest major intersection to Kensington Market is College Street and Spadina Avenue. From there, you can turn onto Augusta Avenue or Baldwin Street to enter the neighborhood. Keep in mind that parking in the area can be difficult and limited, so it may be easier to take public transportation or walk.
- By Public Transportation: The easiest way to get to Kensington Market is by using the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) subway system. Take Line 1 (Yonge-University) or Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) to the Spadina station, and then transfer to the 510 Spadina streetcar heading south. Get off at the Kensington Avenue stop, which is right in the heart of the neighborhood.
- By Walking: If you are already in the downtown area, Kensington Market is within walking distance of many popular destinations, including Chinatown, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the University of Toronto. From Chinatown, you can head west on Dundas Street and turn left onto Augusta Avenue to enter Kensington Market.