While Mississauga is known for a lot of things, it’s not so well-known for its overwhelming number of bookstores and artsy hangouts. That’s why book worms and wordsmiths alike will enjoy this list of cozy bookstores, cool cafés, and all things stationary, right here in Mississauga.

The Book Wardrobe (223 Queen St. S.)

Realizing the shortage of independent book stores in Mississauga, The Book Wardrobe opened its doors in Streetsville in September of 2017. Finding its home on the top floor of the Robinson Bray House, this unique shop has a warm atmosphere and helpful staff that are always willing to talk books.

Along with stocking the hottest new releases in all genres, The Book Wardrobe has already had multiple authors come in for book signings and storytelling, including bestselling author, Tina Powell, and Streetsville’s very own children’s author, Mari Pili! Introduce your kids to the love of reading with her book, The Christmas Present in The Book Wardrobe’s adorable children’s nook.

Visit their site to see what’s in stock here: https://www.thebookwardrobe.com/

Studio. 89 (1065 Canadian Place, Unit 104, Mississauga ON)

Studio. 89 isn’t your average coffee joint. A completely non-profit establishment, this coffee shop offers free community events all week long ranging from paint nights to documentary viewings to political discussions and everything in between. The free-trade, organic coffee and ethical treats you buy at Studio. 89 support these community events, allowing everyone from all walks of life to participate.

Studio. 89 really looks to empower people through the arts, and this includes hosting an open mic night where poets and artists can share their work and see others perform. All you have to do is email beawesome@studio89.org at least 24 hours in advance and get ready to blow the socks off your audience. They also offer some great in-house workshops like “Creative Writing”, “Poetry/Spoken Word for Beginners”, “Create a Graphic Novel”, and more.

Looking for a local book club? Though it is a closed group, a book club meets once a month at this cozy café; all you have to do is contact Studio.89 to join!

Check out their site for updates here: https://studio89.org/index.html

Image Collections (181 Queen St. S.)

If you’re a comic lover and can’t think of anything better than a room filled to the brim with your favourite superheroes, Image Collections is the place for you.

This comic store puts on some fantastic events; years prior have seen Free Comic Book Day, ‘Spooktacular’ Comic- Fest, and meet and greets with comic artists. There’s even a 24-Hour Comics Day Challenge which provides a platform for local artists and storytellers to showcase their talent in a 24 hour writing and drawing frenzy. Think you’re up to the task? Call in or visit the store to register!

Check out their site to see the newest releases and to find out more about this unique shop http://www.imagecollections.ca/reading-comics!

Indigo

While it may be an obvious choice, you can’t ignore the “wow” factor as you step through the doors of Indigo. Ladies and gents, welcome to stationary heaven.

Browse endless selections of books, greeting cards, journals, pencils, pens; basically anything you could ever need to write that next great Canadian novel. Since they’ve expanded into home furnishings and accessories, you can now imagine yourself curled up with a good book (from Indigo) and a glass of wine (also from Indigo) in one of (you guessed it) Indigo’s comfiest chairs.

A word of warning – don’t walk through those doors if you’re short on time! With such a huge selection, you could spend your whole day here (which, in my humble opinion, would be time well spent).

Visit their site to find a location near you! https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/home/storelocator/