The Best Board Game Stores in Toronto

Fun Games Cafe
Fun Games Cafe

Playing board games is an excellent hobby that gives us much more than just great fun. Board games help us to develop and enhance many important skills. BBC News Magazine provides an interesting attitude toward board games and their contribution to the development of many important skills. Apparently, board games teach us patience as well as negotiation and diplomacy.

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However, many people say that board games are dull and that there aren’t any exciting or interesting games for them. This is not true, and every board game fan will tell you that one of the best things about board games is their amazing variety and diversity. If you know the right store, you’ll find an amusing board game for everybody. Fortunately, there’s an abundance of board game stores with great selections of the best board games in Toronto and the GTA.

The Hairy Tarantula

Yonge Street

Walking into one of The Hairy Tarantula’s stores is like entering a fantasy heaven. Their selection is vast, including all kinds of board games, graphic novels, anime, Magic: the Gathering cards, and other random items. The Hairy Tarantula is the right place to go if you’re looking for some new board or card games. Their prices aren’t the lowest in town, but their regular sales make their stores very attractive. It’s a great place to browse, buy, or chat with their friendly staff members. You can be sure that you’ll learn something new about board games or graphic novels every time you enter The Hairy Tarantula. There are three Hairy Tarantula stores in Toronto: one is at 354 Yonge Street, another is at 6979 Yonge Street, and the last is at 2949 Dundas West. However, the Junction store is a separate entity from the other two even though they share the same name.

Downtown: 354 Yonge Street, 2nd floor

Opening hours:

Monday-Tuesday: 11:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M.
Wednesday-Friday: 11:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M.
Saturdays: 11:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M.
Sundays: 12:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.

North York: 6979 Yonge Street

Opening hours:

Monday-Tuesday: 12:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M..
Wednesday-Friday: 12:00 P.M.08:00 P.M.
Saturdays: 10:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
Sundays: 12:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.

401 Games

401 Yonge Street

401 Games

This former general duty convenience store has become one of the best board game stores in Toronto. Their selection of board games is vast, ranging from the lesser known to the most popular classics. They have an abundance of Carcassonne expansions — even those that are very hard to find. Even though there are tons of board games, it is very easy to find what you want since they’re conveniently organized by alphabetical order. The staff in 401 are very friendly, available, and have great knowledge of board games. In addition, the prices here are very reasonable. 401 Games is a very busy place, and the owners organize lots of different tournaments, game playing sessions, and other interesting events. Whether you’re looking for a specific game or just trying to find something new, 401 games is the right place to go.

Opening hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-10:00 P.M.
Sunday: 11:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M.

Strategy Games

701 Mt Pleasant Road

Strategy Games

Strategy Games is a very popular board game store that offers an amazing variety of board and strategy games. It’s administered by the Chess’n Math Association, a national organization that promotes the game of chess in scholastic environments. You won’t find a better place in Toronto than Strategy Games if you’re looking for a beautiful, unique chess set. However, this store has much more to offer than chess: their huge board games selection includes games of all genres and difficulties. The very helpful and qualified personnel guarantee that you’ll be satisfied with your shopping at Strategy Games. Those who don’t have enough time to visit their salesroom can order their favourite board games from the Strategy Games online shop.

Opening hours:

Monday-Friday: 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Sunday: 12:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.


247 Spadina Ave, Toronto ON

Meeplemart owes its popularity mainly to its great prices and excellent services. Steve, the owner, does a great job to make sure that every customer gets what he or she wants, and if there are any problems he acts promptly and with special care. Furthermore, Meeplemart organizes a huge number of events. Every Thursday evening is reserved for Meeplemeets, five hours of casual, board, card and war gaming open for everybody older than 18 years. Every Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday evening Meeplemart greets a horde of miniature gamers at Open Miniature Gaming. Every Tuesday from 5 P.M. to 10 P.M is Meeplemart opened for open board gaming. If you’re looking for a new board game or want to become a part of the local gaming community, make sure that you don’t miss Meeplemart.

Opening hours:

Monday-Friday: 11 A.M.-9 P.M. (later on game hosting nights)
Saturday: 10 A.M.-7 P.M.
Sunday: 10 A.M.-6 P.M.

Dueling Grounds

1193 Bloor St. West

Dueling Grounds

Unlike many other board and card game stores, Dueling Grounds is a neat and very well organized store where you don’t feel like you’re in a dungeon. There’s a huge window that allows sunlight to brighten up the place. Their stock is very well arranged and if you have any problems finding what you want, the staff is always willing to help. The prices at Dueling Grounds are reasonable. The best feature of Dueling Grounds is the tremendous gaming area in the basement. There’s enough room for three groups of people to play war games on special gaming tables and at least a dozen other playing board or card games.

Opening hours:

Monday-Tuesday: 11:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
Wednesday-Friday: 11:00 A.M.-10:00 P.M.
Saturday: 11:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
Sunday: 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.

Fun Games Cafe

6679 Shelter Bay Road, Unit 11, Mississauga

Fun Games Cafe is a home-based business located in Mississauga. Since its opening in 2005, Fun Games Cafe has become one of the top board game retailers in Canada. Their selection includes more than 1,000 of the best and most popular Designer and European board games available today. If you’re looking for a game not listed on their site, you can make a custom order. Fun Games Cafe also offers local pick-ups for their customers in the Mississauga area. Furthermore, they host a special monthly event called Mississauga Feast & Fun Game Day every first Sunday of the month from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M.

The Comic Warehouse

20 Strathearn Ave. #15

The Comic Warehouse in Brampton is made of 4,000 square feet of comics, games, action figures, statues, models, books, and more. It features a comfortable in-store cafe spacious enough for many people playing games. If you'd like to try a game before buying it, every Monday night there is the open gaming night for the Board Game Club  from 6pm untill midnight- with over 1500 games in the inventory available to play!  You can challenge anyone, the atmosphere is very open and casual. The 24 seat cafe always fills in with more gamers and you can get a delicious  dinner when you get hungry - burgers, fries, grilled cheese or spicy chicken burgers.  Also, the store is  right of the 410 highway, on the corner of Dixie and Steele, so it's very easy to get to from Toronto, 15-20 min max.

Opening hours:

Monday-Tuesday: 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Wednesday-Friday: 10:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M.
Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Sunday: 12:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.

9 Responses

  1. Sara

    Good list, but how did you miss Snakes & Lattes!? A good selection, great prices and it’s the only place where you can play every game before deciding which one to purchase!

  2. Honestly, I hit up three of the stores in T.O. yesterday. Was really happy with Dueling Grounds. The guy behind the counter was friendly and I even snagged a HeroClix Super Rare that I’d been looking for. Their sealed product (Clix and D&D 3.5e manuals) was a bit pricy, but that’s just based on what I’m used to.

    401 games had a good selection…I have no idea what they had for HeroClix because the gentleman behind the counter that was closest to me basically ignored me for 5-10 minutes while talking up Magic: The Gathering with what appeared to be regulars. I was very disappointed considering their online stock and the potential for me to acquire a great many items.

    Finally I hit the Comic Warehouse in Brampton (Dixie & Steeles), though I didn’t realize I walked into the store after hours. Still, the owner was incredibly friendly and I managed to make another purchase there as well. I’ll definitely be going back.

    I couldn’t find Harry Tarantula on Yonge Street and as it was a Monday there was no checking out Meeplemart either. So, mixed adventure for me as I went game hunting in the big city!

  3. In addition to these stores, there is an online board game store called Hobby Game Cafe ( The site provides video to introduce every board game.

  4. Nice article. It’s not too often that you find information like this about your city.

    I love board games so just wanted to update the readers that there is another great new store which opened up recently on the Bloor West Village. It’s called Village Games.

    They have an amazing range of classic board games in Toronto. The quality of products is superb. Check their website if you like to buy online.

    Village Games
    2481-A Bloor Street West (2nd Floor)
    Toronto, Ontario, M6S 1P7

    link to

    Phone: (416) 769-4444

  5. I think someone should update this with meeplemart’s new info :

    Meeplemart Game and Event Center has a great new space in Toronto

    Retail Store address:
    link to
    link to
    247 Spadina Ave
    Toronto, ON

    Retail Hours
    Monday -Friday 11am-9pm (later on game hosting nights)
    Saturday 10am-7pm
    Sunday 10am-6pm

    Lots to browse and buy!

    - and they’ve opened their play space every Tuesday from 5pm – 10pm for open board gaming.

    • Hi Steve,
      Thanks for your comment! I updated the article with the new info. If there’s anything else you would like to update, just let me know in the comment.
      Have a nice day,

  6. Matthew

    There is a new online site that carries a large selection of very nice chess boards and chess pieces. Whoever designed their website really knew what they were doing!

  7. video rental establishments

    Nice respond in return of this query with genuine arguments and explaining the whole thing regarding that.

  8. George

    It looks like Fun Games Cafe has closed their operations. The links to the store now redirect to another site with an interview with the owner(s).

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