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Neighbourhoods

Bloordale Village

Bloordale Village might not have much name recognition today, but if the Bloor Improvement Association has anything to say about it this longtime down and out, crime-ridden 'hood will be on everyone's radar in no time. This neighbourhood which roughly comprises the stretch of pavement along Bloor between Dufferin and Lansdowne subway stations now has its own street festival but beyond that is best know for the tasty cheap eats than can be found at spots like Vena's and South Indian Dosa Mahal.


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3 Speed / Bars

1163 Bloor St West 416.555.1212
3 Speed

I remember, not so long ago, when Dufferin and Bloor was a bit of an urban backwater. When creepy, outdated mannequins stood vigil in every storefront window and the dive...


Bar Neon / Bars

1226 Bloor St West 647.748.6366
Bar Neon

Bar Neon is one of those places that's just irrefutably cool. It's part the fantastic mural that spans the length of the bar, custom created by local artist Jeff Garcia....


Bike Pirates / Services

1292 Bloor St. West Website
Bike Pirates

Bike Pirates is a Bloordale bike co-op where volunteers fill the workstations servicing rides. This 4 ½-year old non-profit collective has ambitions beyond bike repair, with a garden and kitchen...


Bloor Barista / Cafes

1280 Bloor St. West 647.748.3319 Website
Bloor Barista

Bloor Barista opened at the start of June on the increasingly bustling strip of Bloor between Dufferin and Lansdowne. After catching a glimpse of the bright and welcoming interior one...



Brisa Do Liz / Baked Goods

1174 Bloor St West 416.537.9243
Brisa Do Liz

Brisa Do Liz Bakery is one of those well-established community hubs. Across the street from a school, right by a subway station, and amidst lots of homes and businesses, there...


Broadway Cycle / Services

1222 Bloor St W 416.531.1028 Website
Broadway Cycle

Broadway Cycle differs from many of the other stores I've been visiting in that it doesn't try to cater to only one type of cyclist. Instead of targeting urban utility...


Brock Sandwich / Restaurants

1260 Bloor St W 647.748.1260 Website
Brock Sandwich

Brock Sandwich, a new restaurant that opened earlier this week in Bloordale Village, doesn't leave much to the imagination. The idea is just as simple: a dine-in (if you can)...


Caribbean Queen of Patties / Restaurants

1279 Bloor St West 416.538.1732
Caribbean Queen of Patties

I don't often eat on the go, but I recently found myself at the corner of Bloor & Lansdowne with little time until my next meeting and a groaning belly....



Centre of Gravity West / Fitness Clubs

213 Sterling Road 416.938.6030 Website
Centre of Gravity West

Centre of Gravity has brought its take on circus training to the west end with the opening of its new facility in the Sterling Road lofts. Its arrival marks the...


Chito's Pizza / Restaurants

1308 Bloor St. West 416.530.7777
Chito's Pizza

Chito's Pizza is more than pizza. In fact, the thing to get here might just be the shawarma. For long time locals, this is the place that used to be...


Churrasqueira Aveirense / Restaurants

1184 Bloor Street West 416.538.3197
Churrasqueira Aveirense

While Toronto hardly needs another churrasqueira, who's complaining? This loft spot along Bloor West serves up roast chicken with a touch of class -- at least with tablecloths....


Ciro's / Restaurants

1316 Bloor Street West 416.533.4914
Ciro's

Ciro's is a small west end bar that doesn't take themselves too seriously. They they have an intimidating beer list chocked full of Lambics and world class strong ales and...



Cirque-ability / Fitness Clubs

213 Sterling Rd. Unit 106 647.238.0868 Website
Cirque-ability

Cirque-ability is one of the Sterling Road places that really makes use of its incredible loft ceiling, with hoops, silks, and other aerial apparatus hanging from the ceiling just waiting...


Clara's Gourmet Burgers / Restaurants

1174 Bloor St W 416.537.9243 Website
Clara's Gourmet Burgers

Clara's Gourmet Burgers isn't particularly, um, gourmet, but rather a gussied up version of something you might have eaten in a dimly lit restaurant on a family road trip as...


Clint Roenisch (St. Helens) / Galleries

190 St. Helens 416.516.8593 Website
Clint Roenisch (St. Helens)

Clint Roenisch's comforting neon sign may have disappeared from 944 Queen Street West after a-decade of light, but it's not gone forever, just re-installed somewhere new, a space more well-suited...


Club Paradise / Services

1313 Bloor Street West 416.535.0723 Website
Club Paradise

Club Paradise regulars say this is a well-kept secret, hidden behind a discrete door in Bloordale, with service and quality almost as good as For Your Eyes Only or the...



Daniel Faria Gallery / Galleries

188 St. Helens Avenue 416.538.1880 Website
Daniel Faria Gallery

Daniel Faria Gallery is a bright contemporary art space in Bloordale Village, found amongst a strip of industrial buildings in warehouse that was an auto body shop in its last...


DMart / Grocery Stores

1280 Bloor Street West 647.344.6591
DMart

DMart offers fresh fruits and vegetables (including organic options), miscellaneous "health food' products, flowers, as well as dairy and the sort of emergency staples you'd expect from a neighbourhood grocer....


Dueling Grounds / Services

1193 Bloor St. West 416.534.3835 Website
Dueling Grounds

Dueling Grounds is a hobby game store boasting an extensive selection of board games, computer games, collector's cards and other novelty items. The store also offers 1500 sq. ft. of...


Duffy's Diner / Restaurants

1236 Bloor St. West 416.628.0330 Website
Duffy's Diner

Duffy's Diner is right next door to Bloordale dive bar institution Duffy's Tavern (a big, red, rusty "DINER" metal arrow indicates this outside to clear up any confusion). The...



Duffy's Tavern / Bars

1238 Bloor Street West 416.628.0330 Website
Duffy's Tavern

Duffy's Tavern is located in the heart of Bloordale Village. There's little denying the desolation of the neighbourhood, but the bright, unmissable sign lights up the corner of Bloor and...


Ephin Apparel / Fashion Stores

1178 Bloor St W 647.351.7425 Website
Ephin Apparel

Ephin Apparel, the streetwear brand originating from Surrey, B.C., has opened its first Toronto store in Bloordale. Originally, the plan was to supply local, already-established Toronto shops with the graffiti-inspired...


Haven Espresso Bar / Cafes

615A Brock Avenue 416.836.0802 Website
Haven Espresso Bar

Haven Espresso Bar might just be the tiniest espresso bar in all of Toronto. Located on Brock just west of Bloor and Dufferin, Haven is certainly one of those places...


Holy Oak Cafe / Cafes

1241 Bloor St W 647.345.2803
Holy Oak Cafe

I would have killed for a Holy Oak Café in November 2008, the last month I resided at Bloor and Lansdowne. Back then, comfortable places with good brew were scarce...



Home / Baked Goods

1242 Bloor St. West 647.350.3400 Website
Home

Home is a new bake shop and ice cream spot that opened in Bloordale earlier this summer. Bakerbots co-owner and Home full-owner Christopher Stopa (of "lost Radiohead song" fame) wants...


Intergalactic Travel Authority / Cafes

1165 Bloor Street W 416.645.1049 Website
Intergalactic Travel Authority

Intergalactic Travel Authority is not, unfortunately, an actual space travel command centre (we'll leave that to Richard Branson). The shop and cafe is, however, trying to emulate that "space departure...


Julien Armand / Design Stores

213 Sterling Road Unit 101 416.534.5665 Website
Julien Armand

Julien Armand has a truly outstanding collection of chairs. Lucky for you, high-end furniture-buyer, they're displayed dramatically up the height of the showroom's walls. Just look up; no shuffling required....


Just 4 Fun Sporting Club / Fitness Clubs

213 Sterling Rd 416.710.8679 Website
Just 4 Fun Sporting Club

The Just 4 Fun Sporting Club is a more positive take on the "Have Your Ass Handed 2 You Sporting Club." It's a multi-purpose facility available for parties, team building,...



Karelia Kitchen / Restaurants

1194 Bloor St. W. 647.748.1194 Website
Karelia Kitchen

Karelia Kitchen opened up several days ago in Bloordale Village. The name presumably draws from Karelia, an area of Northern Europe that's split between the Russian and Finnish people. The...


Lansdowne Cone / Restaurants

659 Lansdowne Avenue 647.228.3300 Website
Lansdowne Cone

The Lansdowne Cone has finally opened, satisfying great anticipation from the Bloordale community. "A few weeks ago, back when paper was still on the windows," manager Kaili tells me, "I...


Latin World / Restaurants

1229 Bloor St. W 416.603.3311
Latin World

Latin World is a small grocery store and restaurant selling Mexican and Latin American food and products. The grocery store taqueria has a long and rich history, and at their...


Mercer Union / Galleries

1286 Bloor Street West 416.536.1519 Website
Mercer Union

I've been meaning to check out the new location of the Mercer Union for quite some time. Although I live pretty close by, this was just one of those...



Motherhome / Restaurants

1194 Bloor St West 416.792.2593
Motherhome

Motherhome in Bloordale is where to go to get cheap and tasty Myanmar cuisine in Toronto....


Nuthouse / Grocery Stores

1256 Bloor St. West 647.352.3385 Website
Nuthouse

The Nuthouse stands out among the restaurants and discount stores in Blansdowne - just look for the giant walnut jutting out from the storefront. "It's iconic," co-owner Liza Lukashevsky says....


O Bairradino / Restaurants

662 Lansdowne Avenue 416.531.6912
O Bairradino

The staff at O Bairradino on Lansdowne tend to be brusque but efficient - don't get in their way and you will get what you want. The grilled chicken is...


Odd Finds General Store / Fashion Stores

1178 Bloor St. W 647.773.2009 Website
Odd Finds General Store

Odd Finds General Store is exactly what it sounds like: a homey space teeming with a hodgepodge of vintage treasures, knick-knacks, handmade apothecary, and - oddly enough - loose-leaf teas....



Ortolan / Restaurants

1211 Bloor St. West 647.348.4500
Ortolan

Ortolan is a newly opened restaurant at Bloor West and Margueretta, in Bloordale. Tucked away in the shadow of the House of Lancaster, it takes over the spot occupied by...


Pancho's Bakery (Bloor and Dufferin) / Baked Goods

1017 Dufferin Street 416.897.9544 Website
Pancho's Bakery (Bloor and Dufferin)

Pancho's Bakery at Dufferin and Bloor is the third location of the popular Mexican bakery-and its by far the most intuitively strategic of the bunch. Open for just over a...


Pho Jade / Restaurants

1208 Bloor St West 416.850.4993
Pho Jade

Pho Jade serves up classic and affordable Vietnamese cuisine such as pho, curry, and noodle dishes in a casual, neutral-hued setting. Take-out available....


Ping Pong / Design Stores

1199 Bloor St. West 416.531.9199
Ping Pong

Ping Pong is a vintage furniture store in Bloordale that has a healthy stock of items from estate sales. It's not surprising that everything has a patina of lives lived...



Ransack the Universe / Design Stores

1207 Bloor St. West 647.703.6675 Website
Ransack the Universe

Ransack the Universe is Bloordale's one-stop shop for vintage goods, records, local crafts, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind decor. Originally located in the basement of 1207 Bloor Street West, the store recently...


Sara Duke Factory Store / Fashion Stores

1244 Bloor West 416.605.9695 Website
Sara Duke Factory Store

The Sara Duke Factory Store on Bloor West feels eclectic. Possibly, it's because of the roughed-up wooden doors suspended from the ceiling, which Duke salvaged from her previous location on...


Scrap Metal Gallery / Galleries

11 Dublin St 416.588.2442 Website
Scrap Metal Gallery

Scrap Metal Gallery joins Daniel Faria Gallery and other art spaces in the Bloor and Lansdowne neighborhood, occupying an industrial building on a small dead-end street. The space is in...


South Indian Dosa Mahal / Restaurants

1284 Bloor West 416.516.7701
South Indian Dosa Mahal

When I lived at Bloor and Lansdowne, South Indian Dosa Mahal was my haven of wholesomeness in what is often an entirely unwholesome neighbourhood. Granted, Bloordale is on the up:...



Starving Artist / Cafes

584 Lansdowne Ave 647.342.5058 Website
Starving Artist

"This is our special starving artist blend," says Tobias Wang with a gigantic grin. "It's the strongest coffee I've ever had! It's the strongest coffee anyone's ever had!" One of...


Stella / Bars

1261 Bloor Street West 416.536.7666 Website
Stella

Stella is all about the music. Sure, this new bar at the western frontier of Bloordale hosts a variety of concerts and regular music nights, but even the story of...


Sweet Pete's / Services

1204 Bloor West 416.533.4481 Website
Sweet Pete's

Sweet Pete's main bike shop occupies a huge 4000 square foot space on Bloor in between Dufferin and Lansdowne. A former Loblaws grocery store many moons ago, its current tenant...


T-Dot Tumblers / Fitness Clubs

128 Sterling Road 416.530.5753 Website
T-Dot Tumblers

T-Dot Tumblers is an 8,000 square-foot gymnastics academy where students do absolutely amazing things with their bodies over a feeble sea of thin blue mats. It hurts just to look....



The Emerson / Restaurants

1279 Bloor Street West 416.532.1717
The Emerson

The Emerson recently opened in Bloordale Village, lending ever more credence to the notion that this neighbourhood is on the upswing, particularly with the Whippoorwill opening up just two doors...


The Make Den / Fashion Stores

1244 Bloor St. W. 416.705.6925 Website
The Make Den

The Make Den Sewing Studio recently relocated from within 69 Vintage Collective to a new location at 1244 Bloor Street West, providing a bright and crafty addition to Bloordale's streetscape....


Through Being Cool Vegan Baking Co. / Baked Goods

1277 Bloor St. W. 416.998.3321 Website
Through Being Cool Vegan Baking Co.

Through Being Cool Vegan Baking Co.'s whole name is essentially a big lie. They're not through being cool, at all. The new bake shop opened at Bloor and Lansdowne on...


Tomorrow Gallery / Galleries

163 Sterling Rd. Website
Tomorrow Gallery

Tomorrow Gallery is located in a warehouse space near Bloor and Lansdowne and focuses on contemporary art and installation-based work. A not-for-profit organization, it is affiliated with the publication house...



Toronto Backyard Axe Throwing League / Fitness Clubs

213 Sterling Rd. Website
Toronto Backyard Axe Throwing League

The Toronto Backyard Axe Throwing League is mildly terrifying. What started as a cottage bender in Turkey Point has evolved to a fully functioning league, where players chuck hatchets at...


Toronto Free Gallery / Galleries

1277 Bloor St. West 416.913.0461 Website
Toronto Free Gallery

There's very little in this world more satisfying than coming across a gallery opening on a Thursday night that happens to have an open bar. If I was pushed...


Town / Design Stores

1187 Bloor St. West 647.748.8696 Website
Town

Town offers an interesting selection of paper goods, design accents, and unique giftware (including wrapping paper), with a focus on gift cards....


Urban Harvest / Design Stores

1340 Bloor St. West 416.504.1653 Website
Urban Harvest

Urban Harvest was the first urban agriculture business of its kind in Toronto, long before organic became a supermarket staple, specializing in ecologically sustainable garden alternatives. Owner Colette Murphy has been...



Vena's Roti / Restaurants

1263 Bloor West 416.532.3665
Vena's Roti

Vena's Roti has been winning over fans for more than 15 years, and it's easy to understand why. Everything is made fresh, the portion sizes are generous and the price...


Whippoorwill Restaurant and Tavern / Restaurants

1285 Bloor St W 416.530.2999 Website
Whippoorwill Restaurant and Tavern

Whippoorwill is somewhat tucked away at the southeast corner of Bloor and Landsdowne in the spot formerly occupied by the Bloordale Pantry. This latest incarnation of a diner at 1285...



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