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Hello, this is my first post and I have a question; not sure if this is the right forum for it, but here goes...

I'm taking a short trip to Toronto in September and would like to buy some Cubans. However, I don't want to get ripped off or buy fakes.

Can anybody suggest a really good, safe shop in Toronto that's easy to find? I'll be driving back across the border and want to bring back a box of cigars...any suggestions on the best way to do that?

Thanks, and happy smoking to everyone!
 
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I'm pretty sure this has been discussed before so if you use the find feature you might be able to find more in depth answers.

However, there is an LCDH in Toronto last time I checked. They will be your most reliable bet for CCs. They are located on Yorkville Ave at Ave Rd, just north of the U. of Toronto.

Google map toronto LCDH and it'll give you more in depth directinos.


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Thomas Hinds is right around the corner from LCDH
He is the Godfather of Cuban cigars in Canada
Worth a trip to his store
Be prepared for the sticker shock no matter what shop you go to though
 
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If you have access to LCDH do yourself a big favor go straight there.
If you think of going anywhere else check out the duped by TREVOR thread.
http://forums.cigaraficionado.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/7666095/m/503108515


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Don't waste your time - new tobacco legislation prohibits the viewing of cigars. Retailers are now obliged to shroud their display cases. Cigars are off limits according to the Provincial Gov't. Shops are going out of business in Ottawa as a result. Now sure if the same effect is being felt in TO. The peep show is better on the internet than live.


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Thomas Hinds and Cigars for You allow you to walk into their humidor and see whatever you like.
 
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I can see that in Ottawa since those clowns there must be smoking the other kind of grass.You can walk in a humidor any time at an registered retailer.Only the convinience stores or the likes of Holy Smokes in the Fortino's Supermarkets are off limits.I have a Fortino's just 2km away which sells now stoogies through a catalogue,so i hopp in my car go down the QEW for 10km and i'm at my smokeshop where i can walk in to the humidor all by my lonesome self.There i have a very good joice of CC's and NC's


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what a pain in the grass who came up with the bright idea anyway? Mad
 
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Those clowns in Toronto which smoke the same kind of grass as their counterparts in Ottawa
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what a pain in the grass who came up with the bright idea anyway? Mad


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We voted for these clowns.


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Sad but true
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Originally posted by poupon:
We voted for these clowns.


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You should also try The Smokin Cigar on Bayview Ave. Trey (manager) has a tremendous selection and the cigars are very well kept.You are more likely to find some boxes with age on them at this shop.
 
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LCDH on Yorkville, Thomas Hinds on Cumberland and The Smokin Cigar on Bayview are best shops for Cuban cigars within downtown Toronto.

Cigar Bodega in Unionville (north of Toronto) and Cigar Studio in Etobicoke (west of Toronto) are also good shops.
 
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Any places in TO that still allow you to smoke a cigar? Last time I was upo there I was at Hemmingway's on the patio with cigarette smokers and the waitress made me put out my cigar because they didn't allow cigar smoiking!!!
 
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Thanks, everyone, for the info! I'll certainly go to LCDH and probably visit some of the other shops mentioned in the replies.
 
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I am going to Kingston at the end of September. Two questions.

I am told that Kingston is halfway between Toronto and Montreal. Is one better than the other to fly into ?

Is there anyplace in Kingston you would recommend or stop in either of the above cities?

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To Saxon 9075:
Mid way between Toronto and Kingston in the Mohawk town of Tyringea, you will find Cigar Chief on Airport Road (take the Marysville exit).
They have a very good selection at the best prices in Canada.


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Originally posted by poupon:
Don't waste your time - new tobacco legislation prohibits the viewing of cigars. Retailers are now obliged to shroud their display cases. Cigars are off limits according to the Provincial Gov't. Shops are going out of business in Ottawa as a result. Now sure if the same effect is being felt in TO. The peep show is better on the internet than live.


In Montreal we have a similar situation. But cigars and tobacco products can be displayed under one condition. The tobacco revenue of a shop most equal or be higher than 75% of all its revenue. So cigar specialist that sell only cigars are not affected by the new laws and can display their products.

Also a good way to get cuban cigars is to buy them online from some trusted canadian online stores. Because, you will not have to pay the heavy tobacco taxes that are charged to canadian citizens.

Hope that my post was usefull to some of you Wink

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Originally posted by ndtoronto:
Thomas Hinds is right around the corner from LCDH
He is the Godfather of Cuban cigars in Canada
Worth a trip to his store
Be prepared for the sticker shock no matter what shop you go to though


+1.

This is the only store in Canada other than LCDH that I completely trust.

The Holy Smokes shops in Loblaws/Superstore grocery stores ares also fairly good. Well priced but limited selection. As they are a part of Canada's largest grocery chain, they only buy from LCDH and I have never seen fakes there.

AVOID buying from small convenience stores at all cost. Those Cohiba Esplendidos for $20 are ALWAYS fakes. MC #2, MC #4, RyJ Churchills, etc.... all fakes.
 
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