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Neighbourhoods

Bloorcourt

Bloorcourt is a Toronto neighbourhood on the rise. The area along Bloor between Christie Pits and Dufferin has seen new life in the past few years as galleries, restaurants and other businesses have flocked here in search of cheap(er) rents and access to the Bloor subway line. The mix of restaurants here reflect the diversity of the local community and include the Portuguese favourite Sardinha the King of BBQ Chicken, Ethiopian restaurants like African Palace and Lalibela and Indian mainstay Banjara. They've been joined by new favourities like Bakerbots, Drift Bar, Hogtown Vegan, The Common and Two Bite Saloon.


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2Q Video / Services

830 Bloor St. West 416.532.3829 Website
2Q Video

2Q Video continues to expand and thrive, even as the corporate competition lumbers toward its demise. Through a commitment to "quality movies" and "quick service", the independently operated chain has...


Actinolite / Restaurants

971 Ossington Ave 416.962.8943 Website
Actinolite

Actinolite has been in the works for a long time. Finally opening at the end of March, the neighbourhood bistro at Ossington and Hallam has been packed most nights since...


African Palace / Restaurants

834 Bloor Street West 416.588.7819 Website
African Palace

African Palace is an Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant just west of Shaw Street on Bloor West. You know it when you find it. Everyone has that one type of food that...


Arora Foods Market / Grocery Stores

922 Bloor Street West 416.588.5250 Website
Arora Foods Market

Arora Foods Market offers a taste of India, with fresh organic ingredients, nuts and spices, bulk foods, produce and more. To top off your Indian shopping experience, buy one of...



Art Ink Collective / Services

823 Bloor St. W 647.930.8469 Website
Art Ink Collective

Art Ink Collective's George Martinez is a triple threat — he's the shop owner, tattoo artist, and piercer. With over 10 years of experience (and, not to mention, great customer...


Arte Gelato and Caffe / Restaurants

946 Bloor St W 416.546.6182
Arte Gelato and Caffe

Arte Gelato and Caffé has opened just in time to say goodbye to summer. Of course, it's not the most opportune time to introduce Bloor and Dovercourt to its perfect-for-hot-weather...


Bakerbots / Baked Goods

205 Delaware Avenue 416.901.3500 Website
Bakerbots

Bakerbots is just eight weeks old and only open on weekends and evenings, but it has already earned a reputation for some of the best ice cream sandwiches around. I head...


Baltic Avenue / Bars

875 Bloor St. West 647.898.5324 Website
Baltic Avenue

Baltic Avenue is, undeniably, a club at Bloor and Ossington: Lights flash, laser beams stab my eyeballs, and the sounds of Icona Pop's "I don't care" greet me as I...



Banjara / Restaurants

796 Bloor Street West 416.963.9360
Banjara

Banjara has been a welcome addition to an otherwise non-descript strip on Bloor west of Christie Pitts. Located in something of a mini strip-mall (ok, there's Banjara and one other...


Bassline Bar / Bars

865 Bloor St. West 416.732.7513 Website
Bassline Bar

Bassline Bar opened its doors about 2 months ago, on a stretch of Bloor just east of Ossington that even its owner admits has seen some significant changes. "Now, women...


Cilantro Restaurant / Restaurants

1056 Bloor Street West 416.534.7777
Cilantro Restaurant

Cilantro is a new arrival to Bloorcourt offering BBQ chicken to eat in or to go....


Cleopatra Restaurant / Restaurants

977 Bloor Street West 416.539.0259
Cleopatra Restaurant

Looking for Middle-Eastern take-out, sit-in, anything? Cleo has it all....



Comedy Bar / Bars

945 Bloor Street West 416.551.6540 Website
Comedy Bar

Comedy Bar is one of only a handful of Toronto comedy clubs, but it stands out for being both an excellent place to have some laughs (with some off-the-beaten track...


Courense Bakery / Baked Goods

1014 Bloor St. West 416.536.1522 Website
Courense Bakery

Courense Bakery has been around for 25 years and with men playing chess inside, the locals are clearly comfortable and eating lots of custard tarts. Making over 4,000 a week...


Cyclemania / Services

863 Bloor St West 416.533.0080 Website
Cyclemania

Cyclemania is a long, bike-filled space on Bloor West's busy bike shop stretch. It isn't for dilettantes - the owner would like you to know what your bike is worth,...


Disgraceland / Restaurants

965 Bloor St W 647.347.5263
Disgraceland

Disgraceland opened earlier this year on Bloor West and quickly won over local fans for its weekend brunch lineup. Having heard glowing reviews from friends but mixed reviews in the local...



Drift Bar / Bars

1063 Bloor St. West 647.352.5335
Drift Bar

Drift Bar is the latest in a string of new destination hangouts to pop up on Bloor West. Could this be yet another reason for Toronto's 30-something collective to continue...


Ebi Sushi Izakaya / Restaurants

867 Bloor Street West 416.534.7874 Website
Ebi Sushi Izakaya

Ebi Sushi Izakaya joined Bloorcourt's healthy roster of bars and restaurant this past fall, in a locale known for its sharp pastiche of galleries, businesses, personalities, and styles. There's something...


El Cafecito / Cafes

3 Westmoreland Ave 416.623.7752
El Cafecito

El Cafecito is one of those cafes you have to know about. Inside, it's bright and spacious, with lots of seating, high ceilings, and chic vintage decor. But from the...


Ella's Uncle (Bloor) / Cafes

899 Bloor St. West 416.530.0222 Website
Ella's Uncle (Bloor)

Ella's Uncle, a local favorite of the Dundas West set, opened up it's second cafe at the foot-traffic heavy intersection of Ossington and Bloor. Even on the dreariest of days,...



Ferre Sposa / Fashion Stores

924A Bloor Street West 416.535.8999 Website
Ferre Sposa

Ferre Sposa carries big names like Alfred Sung, Lesposa, Sophia Tolli and Anjolique, but also creates custom dresses from their own line of pure silk tops and skirts. Relaxed salespeople...


Freedom Clothing Collective / Fashion Stores

939 Bloor St W 416.530.9946 Website
Freedom Clothing Collective

Freedom Clothing Collective goes way past clothing. The cozy Bloor West boutique, just west of Ossington, is stocked to the ceiling with all manner of handcrafted goods, made with a...


General Tao / Design Stores

853a Bloor Street West 416.516.4404
General Tao

General Tao is the type of store in which I could spend hours. Perhaps it's a sign that my delayed sense of adulthood is taking over, because I'm becoming more...


Hogtown Vegan / Restaurants

834 Bloor St West 416.901.9779 Website
Hogtown Vegan

The Hogtown Vegan is the second restaurant in a little over six months from the vegan restauranteur trio responsible for Kensington Market's all vegan doughnuts and burrito joint, Hot Beans....



Hollow Ground Barber Shop / Fashion Stores

1053 Bloor St. West 416.551.8929 Website
Hollow Ground Barber Shop

Hollow Ground Barber Shop is where I find Beejay Diona. The last time we crossed paths was when he was waiting for customers on a quiet winter afternoon at Mike's...


House of Lancaster / Services

1215 Bloor Street West 416.534.2385 Website
House of Lancaster

The House of Lancaster has two locations, one in rapidly-gentrifying Bloordale and the other out on the Queensway, in what was once a supper club that gave these clubs their...


Hub Coffee House (Dovercourt) / Cafes

983 Dovercourt Rd. 647.347.7789 Website
Hub Coffee House (Dovercourt)

Hub Coffee House on Dovercourt is what you get when you've cornered the market in a given neighbourhood. This just opened, second location to the Hub Coffee House and Locavorium...


Hurricane's / Restaurants

963 Bloor Street West 416.531.7818 Website
Hurricane's

Hurricane's is a self-described Roadhouse Restaurant near Bloor and Ossington that has one of the better back patios in the area. Inside the vibe is karaoke with a side of...



I Love Mom Tattoo Studio / Services

959 Dovercourt Rd 416.532.5021 Website
I Love Mom Tattoo Studio

I Love Mom Tattoo Studio is a Toronto Public Health approved, clean, friendly tattoo shop in the Dovercourt Park area. They have experienced tattoo artists with roots in old school...


Kitch / Restaurants

229 Geary Ave 647.350.4555 Website
Kitch

Kitch isn't the type of place that's easy to assign a genre to. Upon entry, it looks inescapably like bar. Scrolling through the menu of Mexican-inspired offerings, on the other...


La Bella Managua / Restaurants

872 Bloor Street West 416.913.4227
La Bella Managua

La Bella Managua serves up traditional Nicaraguan cuisine as well as a few imported dishes from around the world. ...


Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant / Restaurants

869 Bloor Street West 416.535.6615 Website
Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

Serving tasty and reasonably priced Ethiopian Food, Lalibela on Bloor Street has a variety of chicken, lamb and vegetarian options. Photo from Richelle Forsey ...



Long & McQuade / Services

925 Bloor St West 416.588.7886 Website
Long & McQuade

Long & McQuade has branches all over the country, but its Bloor Street store is the mothership, sprawling over most of a city block, with a storefront for everything you...


Lucky 13 Tattoo Shop / Services

880 Bloor St. West 416.537.7376 Website
Lucky 13 Tattoo Shop

Lucky 13 Tattoo Shop is hard to miss near the corner of Bloor and Bathurst. Its bright orange sign beckons those seeking tattoos and piercings in a clean and friendly...


Madras Masala / Restaurants

796 Bloor Street West 647.349.4359 Website
Madras Masala

Madras Masala is located right next to Banjara on Bloor Street. The restaurant specializes in South Indian cuisine including 20 types of dosas. ...


Mazz Sushi / Restaurants

993 Bloor Street West 416.536.7631
Mazz Sushi

Mazz Sushi is a little Japanese & Korean resto in Bloorcourt with a big menu, terrific service, and impressively fresh fish at reasonable prices. Unlike the Sushi-crowded Annex, Mazz...



Mexitaco / Restaurants

828 Bloor Street West 416.537.6693 Website
Mexitaco

This is part 1 in a series where I attempt to discover Toronto's best burritos. Mexitaco occupies an awkward spot in Toronto's burrito landscape. The taqueria, located on a corner lot...


Mike's Scissors / Fashion Stores

976 Bloor St. West 416.535.3431 Website
Mike's Scissors

Mike's Scissors, a barber shop opened near Bloor and Dovercourt in 2005, offers a full range of services for men including a haircut, fade, wash and cut, hot lather shave,...


Monarch Vintage / Fashion Stores

897 Bloor St. West 416.518.4591
Monarch Vintage

Monarch Vintage is a Dovercourt vintage shop specializing in women's clothing, though some men's items are also available. The shop's color-coordinated racks boast a healthy collection of silk slips, cotton...


Mr. Right Pizza / Restaurants

821 Bloor St. 416.915.9900 Website
Mr. Right Pizza

Mr. Right Pizza has moved north from its original digs on Dundas and is now serving up pizza, wings and panzos in Bloorcourt....



Nazareth / Restaurants

969 Bloor St W 416.535.0797
Nazareth

Nazareth is an Ethiopian restaurant in Bloorcourt. It's hard to decide what's best here - the pleasant staff, the intimate atmosphere, or the more-than-reliably delicious food. Pick one of the...


Newport Fish Importers / Grocery Stores

181 Geary Ave 416.537.1278 Website
Newport Fish Importers

Newport Fish Importers sounds very much like a wholesale operation, but this Portugese fishmonger and grocery store is also oriented toward walk-in traffic. A relatively recent addition to the neighbourhood,...


Northwood / Bars

815 Bloor St W 416.846.8324 Website
Northwood

Northwood recently opened in the grey zone of Bloor between Koreatown and Ossington, filling a void for residents looking to imbibe locally. Owners Richard Pope and Ang Reynolds have lived...


Nova Era (Geary Ave) / Baked Goods

200 Geary Ave 416.538.8200 Website
Nova Era (Geary Ave)

Nova Era has locations scattered across the city, but this one acts as a hub of activity on Geary Avenue as locals stop in for baked goods and coffee on...



Pam's Roti / Restaurants

912 Bloor Street West 416.533.3588
Pam's Roti

Near the corner of Bloor and Dovercourt, Pam's Roti can easily be overlooked. A closet-sized space nestled between Hurricane's bar and Nazareth Ethiopian restaurant, Pam's evokes a family gathering space...


Paradisos / Restaurants

888 Bloor Street West 416.534.8090
Paradisos

Oldschool grill serving up frill-free souvlaki and all other things Greek....


Paris Bakery (Geary Ave) / Baked Goods

191 Geary Ave 416.537.2993
Paris Bakery (Geary Ave)

Paris Bakery, despite its French-inspired name, does Portuguese-style bread and treats the best. As much as I'm faithful to Nova Era, which is basically across the street, every time I...


Pero Restaurant / Restaurants

812 Bloor St. W 416.915.7225 Website
Pero Restaurant

Pero Restaurant adds a bit of contemporary cool alongside the comfortable vibe that's on offer at its spot on Bloor near Ossington while traditional Ethiopian cuisine makes up the menu. It...



Pidza / Restaurants

858 Bloor St. West
Pidza

Pidza brings Turkish pizza to Bloorcourt. But don't stop at a slice of pie and walk out of here before trying the lahmacun....


RE:Style Studio / Design Stores

344 Westmoreland Avenue #104A 647.342.0091 Website
RE:Style Studio

RE:Style Studio is the answer to that hideous inherited floral loveseat that just refuses to cooperate with a tidy modern decor aesthetic. It's an anti-IKEA. It's a hub of DIY...


Regal Garden / Restaurants

815 Bloor St West 416.530.8088
Regal Garden

Nothing says, "let's get delivery," like a cold and rainy November evening, so this week I dug into my pile of semi-junk-mail delivery menus and rang up Regal Garden Chinese...


Rosie the Rebel / Fashion Stores

961 Bloor St. West 416.588.5959 Website
Rosie the Rebel

Rosie the Rebel calls themselves "Canada's rockabilly, psychobilly and retro clothing retailer." This Bloorcourt boutique sells '40s and '50s-inspired pieces with a rock-and-roll edge, including knock-'em-dead dresses, shoes and accessories....



Rustic Owl / Cafes

993 Bloor St W Website
Rustic Owl

Rustic Owl is a 2,000-square-foot gallery and cafe new to Bloor and Dovercourt. While many indie cafes of late like to throw a few paintings on the wall and call themselves...


Sardinha O Rei Dos Frangos / Restaurants

942 Bloor Street West 416.537.2772
Sardinha O Rei Dos Frangos

Sardinha, Toronto's self-appointed King of BBQ Chicken, thrives on a loyal contingent of Bloorcourt locals: a succession of portly retirees, skinny hipsters, kerchiefed grandmas and leather-jacketed bruisers. With this motley...


Sheesha Lounge / Restaurants

901 Bloor St West 647.351.0251 Website
Sheesha Lounge

Sheesha Lounge and Coffee House is a hookah bar in Bloorcourt that also serves up unexpected sandwiches like smoked meat, roast beef and a long list of build your own...


Site 3 coLaboratory / Galleries

718R Ossington Avenue Website
Site 3 coLaboratory

Site 3 coLaboratory brings back memories of 1984. If you recall, 1984 saw geek culture take a turn for the better when the archetypal 80's film Revenge of the Nerds...



Stowaway Vintage / Design Stores

978 Dovercourt Rd. 647.340.9312 Website
Stowaway Vintage

Stowaway Vintage is a sweet little shop tucked into Melanie Machado's front room. The little shop at Dovercourt and Hallam, just south of Dupont Street, is crammed full of more...


Tallboys / Restaurants

838 Bloor St. W. 416.535.7486 Website
Tallboys

Tallboys opened up near Bloor and Shaw at the beginning of this month, tossing its name into a ring already crowded with craft beer houses. And, opening in the former...


The Black Horse Pub / Restaurants

928 Bloor St W 416.531.9096
The Black Horse Pub

The Black Horse Pub draws a mixed crowd of dedicated locals and fans of its somewhat dingy and dive-y appeal (thanks to worn out, but comfortable seating), and although the...


The Common (Bloor) / Cafes

1028 Bloor St 647.348.3814
The Common (Bloor)

The Common (Bloor) is the second café of its kind to grace Toronto, modeled after the original incarnation over at College and Dufferin. For years, The Common name has been associated...



The Empire / Restaurants

1018 Bloor Street West 416.532.5511
The Empire

More than just good Schwarma, The Empire serves up a lengthy menu of Middle Eastern and East African dishes. Don't leave here without trying their falafel, one of Toronto's best....


The Piston / Bars

937 Bloor Street West 416.532.3989
The Piston

The Piston on Bloor near Ossington may finally be the tipping point for Bloorcourt - the up-and-coming neighbourhood that's been on the brink of up-and-coming for several years without ever...


The Steady / Restaurants

1051 Bloor St W 416.536.4162 Website
The Steady

The Steady is now open near Bloor and Dufferin, doing double duty as a cafe by day, and as a dancehall and queer positive hotspot by night. Since taking over...


The Thai Room (Bloor) / Restaurants

801 Bloor St. West 416.531.8424 Website
The Thai Room (Bloor)

The Thai Room has expanded beyond its original Danforth location to Bloor and Ossington. Like the original, the second coming of the Thai Room serves up the usual Thai classics...



Tierra Azteca / Grocery Stores

1115 Bloor St. West 647.435.4098
Tierra Azteca

Tierra Azteca at Bloor and Dufferin offers Mexican and a smattering of Latin American cuisine. It's a grocery store that doubles as a restaurant and money wiring facility. It's small,...


Toronto BJJ / Fitness Clubs

813 Bloor Street West 416.537.4255 Website
Toronto BJJ

Toronto BJJ sits directly between Ossington and Bathurst at 813 Bloor Street West. The two storey blue and gold brick building opened its doors in 2006, and now instructs over...


Tula West / Fashion Stores

956 Bloor Street West 416.913.4181 Website
Tula West

Tula West is one of three Tula locations around Toronto, and offers an array of yoga, pilates and fitness classes, including hot hatha yoga....


Two Bite Saloon / Restaurants

840 Bloor St. W. 416.536.8682 Website
Two Bite Saloon

Two Bite Saloon opened up less than week ago, and is perhaps the most convincing argument for the recently much-touted growth of the Bloor and Ossington area. Directly beside Tallboys,...



Vince Gasparros / Grocery Stores

857 Bloor Street West 416.534.7122
Vince Gasparros

I like that Garparro's Meat Market's business cards can just say "Vince, Nick & Pat". The family-owned butcher on Bloor St. West has been around for 18 years now. And...


Yauca's Lounge / Restaurants

755 Dovercourt Rd. 416.536.3535 Website
Yauca's Lounge

Yauca's Lounge is a new Bloorcourt spot cooking up dishes with roots in Angola, Senegal and Cameroon. The owners also run the Churasquerria Nova Lisboa next door, where they serve...


Zoinks / Bookstores

1019 Bloor St West 416.913.8827 Website
Zoinks

Zoinks is only three years old but, somehow, it captures the feeling of the essential neighbourhood store that's been around forever. On Bloor West near Dovercourt, this small but well...



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