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Dundas West

No longer just Little Portugal, Dundas West is one of Toronto's most overlooked micro-neighbourhoods. No worry. Better that locals don't need to fend off tourists at favourite spots like Musa, Ella's Uncle and The Communist Daughter. And while dining and drinking are definitely on the agenda here, a walk east to west wouldn't be complete without ogling at the Canadian furniture and designs at MADE, emerging artists on display at LE Gallery or stopping in for a trim at Grateful Head.

Coming soon in the Talk! forums.

26 / Galleries

26 Mackenzie Crt. 416.346.3246 Website

26 bills itself as a "domestic viewing space for local and international contemporary art," and opens its doors to the public each Saturday between 12pm and 6pm. The residence of...

Albany Pizza / Restaurants

222 Lansdowne Ave 416.533.7300 Website
Albany Pizza

Albany Pizza is the stuff of legends around Brockton Village. The panzerotti start at about $6.00 for basic sauce and cheese, but cheese-lovers can opt to double up for an...

Ali Baba's (Dundas and Markham) / Restaurants

768 Dundas St. West 416.703.7330 Website
Ali Baba's (Dundas and Markham)

Ali Baba's has locations around Toronto including this on Dundas St. West near Markham. Like the other locations, the popular choices here include chicken shawarma and falafel sandwiches....

Antler / Restaurants

1454 Dundas St. West 647.345.8300 Website

Antler is a rustic restaurant in the space formerly occupied by This End Up. The focus here is on foraged ingredients and game meats. It's the newest effort from the...

Archive Tattoo Studio / Services

1528 Dundas St. West 647.342.8494 Website
Archive Tattoo Studio

Archive Tattoo Studio dates all the way back to 2008. When I first meet David Glantz, the head honcho at Archive, he's knee-deep on a customer's leg sleeve. And he...

Archive Wine Bar / Bars

909 Dundas St. W. 647.748.0909 Website
Archive Wine Bar

Archive Wine Bar is the second establishment of its type to land on Dundas West in the past year, following a relative (city-wide) drought for wine-lovers who are more interested...

Armed / Fashion Stores

1024 Dundas West 647.988.9462 Website

Armed is a jewellery boutique near Trinity Bellwoods Park which serves as a showcase for the work of designer Desiree Girlato. Find affordable handmade and one-of-a-kind pieces in a well-designed...

Art Metropole (Dundas West) / Galleries

1490 Dundas W 416.703.4400 Website
Art Metropole (Dundas West)

Art Metropole, the venerable artist-run centre and retailer, has settled in nicely after moving from King Street to cozier digs near Dundas and Dufferin this past June. Packing must have...

Atlantic / Restaurants

1597 Dundas West 416.219.3819 Website

The Atlantic on Dundas West is dissimulated among a string of old school Portuguese sports bars. On a Thursday night it's completely full but myself and four friends manage to...

Atsa Matta For You? / Restaurants

761 Dundas St. West 416.901.4188
Atsa Matta For You?

Atsa Matta For You? is a casual pizza joint on Dundas St. West that makes it easy to fill up for cheap. Order signature stone baked pizza like the Sora...

Bairrada Churrasqueira Grillhouse (Dundas West) / Restaurants

1560 Dundas St W 647.346.1560 Website
Bairrada Churrasqueira Grillhouse (Dundas West)

Bairrada Churrasqueira Grillhouse (Dundas West) opened in 1989 and offers traditional Portuguese cuisine for the whole family. Dundas West is their newest location where you can choose from a large...

Balloon King / Fashion Stores

374 Bathhurst Street 416.603.4347 Website
Balloon King

Balloon King's tiny exterior doesn't look like much until you step inside, but this well stocked party shop offers a surprisingly large selection of novelty items and supplies. At Halloween...

Bambi's / Bars

1265 Dundas St West 647.351.1100 Website

Bambi's, despite being named after a Disney favourite, is hardly doe-eyed and innocent. It's tucked in the corner of Dundas and Dovercourt, but its charm is far more polished than...

Barberella / Fashion Stores

891 Dundas Street West 416.703.4398 Website

Barberella is a boutique hair salon on Dundas West. Loyal customers swear by this place for a good, affordable cut in the neighbourhood....

Bathurst Local 322 / Bars

322 Bathurst St. Website
Bathurst Local 322

Bathurst Local 322 is the sweetest little bar on Bathurst. Set to be the neighbourhood local, the spot - formerly a private residence - underwent months of construction to prepare...

Beadle / Fashion Stores

1582 Dundas Street West 416.850.7390 Website

Beadle is a boutique offering local, handmade products. They carry an ever-changing array of clothes, jewelry, pottery, and even bath products. Beadle also offers workshops for those looking to learn...

Bellwoods Barbers / Fashion Stores

982 Dundas St. W 416.546.4314 Website
Bellwoods Barbers

Bellwoods Barbers are the new kids on the haircutting block, offering quality fades and hard parts. Having been open under a month, they're already having trouble keeping up with the...

Bent Restaurant / Restaurants

777 Dundas St. W. 647.352.0092 Website
Bent Restaurant

Bent is the newest member in Susur Lee's family of restaurants and recently moved into a cozy spot at the corner of Dundas and Markham. The highly anticipated new eatery...

Bikes on Wheels (Dundas West) / Services

1612 Dundas St. W 416.546.7026 Website
Bikes on Wheels (Dundas West)

Bikes On Wheels has relocated its former Queen Street outpost to a new home on Dundas West, a corner spot at Brock decorated in floor-to-ceiling timber wood and lined to...

Bionic / Fashion Stores

606 Dundas Street West 416.567.7393

Bionic is a women's clothing shop on Dundas just outside of Kensington Market. Mark Foreman is a fashion designer and the store sells his label Bionic, which can also be...

Bivy / Cafes

1600 Dundas St. West 416.534.8800

Bivy is Pascal Vernhes' attempt to remedy an apparent drought of quality, affordable cafe eats along Dundas West. The Parisian and former owner of Midi Bistro is planning on a...

Black Dice / Bars

1574 Dundas West Website
Black Dice

With Black Dice, Brockton-area rockabilly types finally have a little drinking hole to call their own. Although the digs are small, Black Dice really is cozy, and the carefully crafted decor...

Black Flower Vintage / Fashion Stores

2 Lakeview Avenue 647.426.7610 Website
Black Flower Vintage

Black Flower Vintage is injecting some Montreal-style fabulousness to Dundas and Ossington. Owner Sacha Laberge, a Montreal import, is operating a vintage boutique that's focused on men, for a change....

Black Hoof / Restaurants

928 Dundas Street West 416.551.8854
Black Hoof

After opening to rave reviews, this city's newest hit is The Black Hoof, 928 Dundas Street West, and I was dying to pay them a visit. So last...

Blue Button Shop / Fashion Stores

1499 Dundas St W 647.606.3270 Website
Blue Button Shop

Blue Button Shop opened last week in Dundas West as a way for owner Brian Cheuk to bring a bit of Japan to Toronto. But, instead of the loud, youthful...

Blue Tile Lounge / Fashion Stores

822 Dundas St. W. 416.792.7171 Website
Blue Tile Lounge

Blue Tile, which got its start in Newmarket in '97, has already made a splash since it opened in Toronto earlier this summer. Landing in prime real estate on College...

Bodega Thirteen / Fashion Stores

1446 Dundas St. West Website
Bodega Thirteen

Bodega Thirteen is a clothing retailer meets furniture upholsterer meets magazine shop meets art gallery on Dundas West - and if it sounds busy, it's because it is. But in...

Bookhou / Design Stores

798 dundas street west 416.203.2549 Website

Bookhou is a gem of a store that I wish was in my neighbourhood - it strikes a perfect balance between local yet worldly, crafty and sophisticated, accessible and accomplished....

Branca / Restaurants

1727 Dundas St. West 416.519.8165 Website

Branca is an Argentinian grillhouse located on Dundas West at Lansdowne, well past the bustling stretch of new restaurants extending westward from Ossington. It's easily identified by three-foot letters that...

Brazil Bakery and Pastry / Baked Goods

1566 Dundas Street West 416.531.2888
Brazil Bakery and Pastry

Far along Dundas Street West, past the quaintness of Little Portugal and beyond the gentrification creeping out from West Queen West, there appears to be a dearth of good eating....

Bridge + Bardot / Fashion Stores

1138 Dundas St. West 647.748.1138 Website
Bridge + Bardot

Bridge + Bardot - the newest boutique to settle down on Dundas West - is something of a paradox. The minimalist white walls, enormous dreamlike mirror, and embossed aluminum ceilings...

Butcher Gallery / Galleries

4 Northern Place 416.697.7180 Website
Butcher Gallery

Butcher Gallery is a hidden space, off the beaten path, but its new location is just the start of its unconventional nature. The brainchild of artists Brad Tinmouth, Lili Huston-Herterich...

Cafe 668 / Restaurants

885 Dundas Street West 416.703.0668 Website
Cafe 668

Dining out with vegetarian friends is always a challenge. You wouldn't think so, but the number of times we have to send something back that has meat/fish sauce, crab or...

Cafe Bar Pasta / Restaurants

1588 Dundas St W 416.534.4794 Website
Cafe Bar Pasta

Cafe Bar Pasta opened its doors at the end of July to the Dundas West neighbourhood, bringing a friendly, family style restaurant and cafe (don't forget bar) to the hood...

Caffe Brasiliano / Cafes

849 Dundas St. West 416.603.6607
Caffe Brasiliano

When I posted about the rise and fall of Dundas West, commenter Eli Budd rightly pointed out that I had failed to give props to Caffe Brasiliano. In fact, Eli's...

Caldense Bakery / Baked Goods

802 Dundas St. West 416.703.3433 Website
Caldense Bakery

Caldense Bakery is a Portuguese bakery with a number of locations in the Toronto area including this one at Dundas St. West and Palmerston. Baking breads and pastries since 1968,...

California Sandwiches / Restaurants

244 Claremont Street 416.603.3317 Website
California Sandwiches

California Sandwiches has locations all over the GTA (all still family-member owned), but downtowners have access to the original location at 244 Claremont, open since 1967. Some locations serve sides,...

Camp 4 / Bars

1173 Dundas Street West 416.546.6780 Website
Camp 4

Camp 4 is a laid back spot in a Dundas West area still continuing to define itself. Inspired by a mountain hangout at California's Yosemite National Park, the bar is...

Campagnolo / Restaurants

832 Dundas St. West 416.364.4785 Website

Campagnolo on Dundas West specializes in what it describes as good, honest home cooked food. The casual restaurant is currently serving dinner only. At the helm is Chef Craig Harding...

Churchill / Bars

1212 Dundas St. West 416.588.4900

Churchill is one of a fleet of new hangouts that have been deployed along Dundas West to absorb the overflow from Ossington's stylish quarter-life bar scene. Managers Shayne Cox and...

Ciccio's Pizza / Restaurants

796 Dundas Street West 416.363.8686 Website
Ciccio's Pizza

Ciccio's makes the best pizza on Dundas West. They have a new location near Bathurst after they shuttered the original near Bellwoods last year. This is a take out operation...

Cocktail Bar / Bars

923 Dundas Street West 416.792.7511 Website
Cocktail Bar

Cocktail Bar may not be the fine dining restaurant initially expected from Black Hoof owner Jen Agg but it does deliver the well-crafted cocktails of which she has become famous,...

Communist's Daughter / Bars

1149 Dundas Street West 674.435.0103
Communist's Daughter

For years, The Communist's Daughter at Ossington and Dundas was one of those hidden-gem spots that people in the know loved to be in the know about. Cozy, candlelit and...

Comrags / Fashion Stores

812 Dundas St W 416.360.7249 Website

Comrags has picked up and moved on (or rather, north) after almost 15 years on Queen West. The move certainly gives traction to the idea that Dundas West is on...

Cookie Martinez / Baked Goods

707 Dundas St. West 416.573.5817 Website
Cookie Martinez

Cookie Martinez is located inside Market 707, that collection of container shops along Dundas. Baker Natalia draws inspiration from her Colombian background; along with those famous cookiyes (including alfajores) she...

Cristal Shoes Boutique / Fashion Stores

1153 Dundas St. West 416.551.4965
Cristal Shoes Boutique

Cristal Shoes Boutique is a new Dundas West gem that stocks a terrific selection of dress shoes for men and women....

Curry's Artists' Materials (OCAD) / Design Stores

283 Dundas St. West 416.585.9292 Website
Curry's Artists' Materials (OCAD)

Curry's, along with DeSerres, is Toronto's largest chain of art supply stores. There are locations splattered throughout the downtown core including the one pictured here near OCAD, on Yonge Street...

Decor Terminal & Marina's Interior Design / Design Stores

1554 Dundas St W 416.537.3467 Website
Decor Terminal & Marina's Interior Design

Décor Terminal brings the feel of an 'oriental bizarre' to Dundas West. Located in the neighbourhood for over 40 years, the legend began with a man from Portugal selling carpets...

Dundas Video / Bars

831 Dundas Street West 416.916.6499 Website
Dundas Video

On a typical night at Magpie, if there is such a thing, a small crowd of smokers can be seen from blocks away hanging out in front of the tiny...

DuWest Vintage / Fashion Stores

1599 Dundas St. West 416.836.1373 Website
DuWest Vintage

DuWest Vintage has a vibe that makes you feel like you're walking onto the set of a film. The shop is on the still-kind-of-quiet stretch of Dundas West near Brock,...

E.L. Ruddy / Restaurants

1371 Dundas Street West
E.L. Ruddy

E.L. Ruddy might have a small, unassuming sign, but with a bright orange facade and the waft of fresh coffee and scones it's almost impossible to miss it. Owner Helena...

Easy Tiger / Design Stores

1447 Dundas W 647.748.6161 Website
Easy Tiger

Easy Tiger is the kind of shop those in their twenties who work in design/fashion/media go to purchase birthday gifts for their friends in similar lines of work. Yes, it's...

Elephant In The Attic / Design Stores

1596 Dundas St. West Website
Elephant In The Attic

Elephant In The Attic is a miniature market for vendors of all kinds of handmade and upcycled goods. It's also a gallery of prints and a custom framing store. And...

Ella's Uncle / Cafes

916 Dundas Street West 416.703.8881
Ella's Uncle

Ella's Uncle is understated cool with its retro black and white tiles, lime green walls and scribbled chalkboard menu. While the cafe has been on Dundas West for more than...

Enoteca Sociale / Restaurants

1288 Dundas Street West 416.534.1200 Website
Enoteca Sociale

Enoteca Sociale offers precious little to be critical of as everything seems to be clicking here like the beads on Nonna's rosary during a prayer service. The proprietors have managed...

Everyday Housewife / Design Stores

1066 Dundas St. West 416.703.3418 Website
Everyday Housewife

Everyday Housewife, as a name, makes sense when you see Bev Hisey's collection of vintage glass and ceramic housewares. The bright orange vases, lime green glass pieces, and assortment of...

Full of Beans / Cafes

1348 Dundas St. West 647.347.4161 Website
Full of Beans

Full of Beans Coffee House and Roastery has a product to sell: coffee. Yes, most coffee houses sell coffee. But, few houses love and consequently endorse their product like owner...

Fute Design / Design Stores

830 Dundas St. West 416.762.0167 Website
Fute Design

Fute Design on Dundas West specializes in contemporary indoor and outdoor furniture as well as lighting. ...

Garrison / Bars

1197 Dundas St. West 416.519.9439 Website

The Garrison opened this fall to a lot of hype from the city's indie music fans, many of whom will be loyally following former Sneaky Dee's booker, Shaun Bowring, to...

Gayley's Cafe / Restaurants

1424 Dundas Street West 416.538.3443
Gayley's Cafe

Gayley's Cafe is a quiet, sunny, beer-serving breakfast place on Dundas West. It's apparently the place to go when you're hung over and want to wait in line for an...

Get Well / Bars

1181 Dundas St. W. 647.351.2337 Website
Get Well

Get Well is a strange name, particularly when you start to wonder what they're claiming to cure. One can hardly call its neighbourhood, Dundas West, lacking. It's a smorgasbord of...

Grain Curd & Bean / Cafes

1414 Dundas St W 416.533.1418
Grain Curd & Bean

Grain, Curd and Bean is "not a health food store", says owner Mike Wdowiak. Nor is it a tofu factory. There's something meaty about the name, something clinical that may...

Grasshopper Records / Services

1167 Dundas St West 416.534.0184
Grasshopper Records

Grasshopper Records doesn't have a storefront sign yet. Just milk crates chock-full of records sitting out font, unassumingly. Oh, and Wu-Tang's "Protect Ya Neck" debut single resting in the window....

Grateful Head (Dundas West) / Fashion Stores

1594 Dundas West 416.588.5507 Website
Grateful Head (Dundas West)

Grateful Head on Dundas West boasts a roster of top-notch stylists and colourists, prepared to breathe new life into your current style of revamp your look completely....

Gyan Hot Yoga / Fitness Clubs

1561 Dundas St. West 647.341.4926 Website
Gyan Hot Yoga

Gyan Hot Yoga offers hot yoga on Dundas West. Their schedule is packed with classes throughout the week - most are between 50 and 75 minutes long....

Hanmoto / Restaurants

2 Lakeview Ave. Website

Hanmoto is a new destination for late night eats found just north of Dundas, west of Ossington. It's owned by Leemo Han of OddSeoul (and formerly Swish by Han). The 30-seat...

Hard Luck / Bars

772A Dundas Street West 647.748.0772 Website
Hard Luck

Hard Luck, found near Bathurst and Dundas West, brings a new dimension to Toronto's music scene by billing itself as a hard rock venue. Reminiscent of The Horseshoe or even,...

Hide / Fashion Stores

789 Dundas St W 647.349.5050

Hide is a new Dundas West shop specializing in leather accessories. The name is perhaps a bit literal for my taste, but the style is totally up my alley. That...

Jackrabbit Salon / Fashion Stores

1278 Dundas St. West 416.530.4440 Website
Jackrabbit Salon

Jackrabbit Salon on Dundas fits perfectly into the growing creative community between Ossington and Dufferin. Amidst cozy storefronts in the tight knit area of Little Portugal, the relationship between the...

Junked Food Co. / Restaurants

1256 Dundas St. W 647.343.5326 Website
Junked Food Co.

Junked Food Co. wants to divert hungry post-bar revellers away from the neighbouring 7-Eleven and through its doors. It's an easy sell if you've emerged from any one of the...

Kadbanu / Restaurants

771 Dundas St. West 416.366.2268

Kadbanu is a Persian cafe and takeout counter occupying a corner at Dundas and Markham. The Mohyeddin family, Salome, Amir and Samira, opened the store as an extension of the...

Knife Toronto / Design Stores

249 Crawford St. 647.996.8609 Website
Knife Toronto

KNIFE is a specialty store on Dundas West that sells a variety of Japanese knives. They also offer knife sharpening classes, repairs and sharpening services. Photo from KNIFE's web site...

Krav Maga Toronto / Fitness Clubs

1309 Dundas St. West 647.340.5828 Website
Krav Maga Toronto

Krav Maga Toronto on Dundas West is one of two certified Krav Maga training centers, both affiliated with different organizations. The Dundas West gym will teach you the Israeli martial...

L'Ouvrier / Restaurants

791 Dundas St. West 416.901.9581 Website

L'Ouvrier, translated as the worker, is a recent addition to Dundas West at the corner of Palmerston. Once an after-hours club (Crystal) with a wanton past, the restaurant owners have...

Lakeview Restaurant / Restaurants

1132 Dundas St. West 416.850.8886 Website
Lakeview Restaurant

When the iconic Lakeview Lunch closed earlier this year, I wasn't the only one who was disappointed. Sure, the service was lousy and the food was worse but there was...

Lakeview Storehouse / Grocery Stores

1134 Dundas St. West 416.546.8889 Website
Lakeview Storehouse

The Lakeview Storehouse is a grocery store and take-out spot that feels like an old-school pantry. Old wooden crates propped on their sides house an eclectic mix of sauces, jams,...

Le Dolci / Baked Goods

1006 Dundas Street West 416.262.3400 Website
Le Dolci

Le Dolci has settled into its new Dundas West digs, transforming the former Grateful Head home into its own "fun, foodie studio." Previously occupying a space down at King and Portland,...

LE Gallery / Galleries

1183 Dundas Street West 416.532.8467 Website
LE Gallery

Contributed by andi argast Much like its Dundas West neighbourhood, LE Gallery is quickly establishing itself as a destination of choice. When I stop by LE one evening to chat with...

Life of Manek / Fashion Stores

1504 Dundas Street West 647.347.2635
Life of Manek

Life of Manek sprouted up in Dundas West just over two weeks ago, and from the floor-length floral dress in the front window to the candy-coloured vintage sandals, I know...

Lisbon By Night / Restaurants

802 Dundas St. West 416.603.6522 Website
Lisbon By Night

Lisbon By Night on Dundas West attracts a steady stream of families and couples each night in their fanciest dress, ready to enjoy the restaurant's Portuguese favourites. It's also a...

Loop Gallery / Galleries

1273 Dundas St. W 416.516.2581 Website
Loop Gallery

loop Gallery is not an artist-run centre, at least in the traditional sense - nor is it a commercial gallery. loop is a collective, and loop Gallery is its exhibition...

Loveless / Bars

1430 Dundas Street West 647.346.2402 Website

Loveless is a cafe and bar on Dundas St. W. at Gladstone. Taking over what used to be Novo Horizonte Sports Bar, it's not too far away from its sibling...

Lucky Shrike / Bars

850 Dundas St. West 416.815.7777 Website
Lucky Shrike

Lucky Shrike is the name spray painted over this Dundas West bar's previous Press Club sign outside. What started as a joke that went on for too long ended up...

Lula Lounge / Bars

1585 Dundas Street West 416.588.0307 Website
Lula Lounge

Lula Lounge is by no means new. In fact, it's offered a bright marquee along Dundas West for over ten years, and after the intermittent, and expected, struggles associated with...

Luther's Chicken / Restaurants

1212 Dundas St. West 416.588.4900 Website
Luther's Chicken

Luther's Chicken recently opened for business inside Dundas West hangout Churchill, dishing out delicious fried chicken inside a small concession stand located within the bar. If you're interested in chilling...

M and M Fruit N Grocery / Grocery Stores

1263A Dundas St. West 416.533.9017 Website
M and M Fruit N Grocery

M and M Fruit N Grocery does indeed offer grocery items, but unless you take a step inside and go all the way to the back, you might never discover...

Market 707 / Restaurants

707 Dundas St W 416.392.0335 Website
Market 707

Market 707, the open air pedestrian mall populated by up-cycled shipping containers, is one of Toronto's top spots for street eats. Lining the perimeter of Scadding Court Community Centre, it's...

May / Bars

876 Dundas St. West 416.568.5510

May could be the answer to the rampant gentrification that's been hitting Toronto's urban western corridor between Bathurst and Ossington. While revitalizing a former Vietnamese underworld karaoke bar (formerly Café...

Meredith Keith Gallery / Galleries

1695 Dundas St. W. 647.351.5284 Website
Meredith Keith Gallery

Meredith Keith Gallery is located in a friendly clutch of artistic small businesses at the western reach of Dundas West. Although it's only been open since November 2010, Keith has...

Midfield Wine Bar & Tavern / Restaurants

1434 Dundas St W 647.345.7005 Website
Midfield Wine Bar & Tavern

Midfield Wine Bar and Tavern is the type of place that Toronto wine lovers have been hoping would open for a long time. With a few exceptions, this city just...

Milk Glass Co. / Galleries

1247 Dundas St. West 416.536.6455 Website
Milk Glass Co.

Milk Glass Co. is an art gallery on Dundas West that hosts a wide-range of art-based exhibits and events. They also specialize in archival custom framing....

Miracle Thieves / Design Stores

249 Crawford St. Website
Miracle Thieves

Miracle Thieves is a new creative space and retail consignment shop at the corner of Dundas and Crawford. It's rather ambiguous-looking from the outside peeking in, but that's kind of...

MKG127 (Dundas West) / Galleries

1445 Dundas St W 647.435.7682 Website
MKG127 (Dundas West)

MKG 127's relocation is a familiar Toronto story. The loftification of Ossington continues to claim victims, as the art galleries that made the area so appealing for condo developers...

Monkey's Paw / Bookstores

1229 Dundas St. West 416.531.2123 Website
Monkey's Paw

Monkey's Paw is unlike any other bookstore in Toronto. There's no Harry Potter or Suzanne Somers Eight Steps to Wellness here. Instead, the shelves are a treasure trove of the...

Montauk / Bars

765 Dundas St W 647.352.4810 Website

Montauk opened this week near the slowly blossoming corner of Dundas and Bathurst. Joining illustrious neighbours Bent, Porchetta & Co., L'Ouvrier, and Campagnolo, Dustin Keating's new hangout aims to bring...

Mr. Flamingo / Restaurants

1265 Dundas St. West 647.351.1100 Website
Mr. Flamingo

Mr. Flamingo has flown under the radar since opening a couple weeks ago. While it's not hidden, its Dundas West street front is anything but ostentatious, quietly announced by just...

Multiple Organics / Grocery Stores

1545 Dundas St. West 647.435.5340
Multiple Organics

I've been eying Multiple Organics for a while now but it wasn't until someone prodded me with an email that I decided it was about time to go inside for...

Naked Beauty Bar / Fashion Stores

889 Dundas St. West 647.748.8899 Website
Naked Beauty Bar

Naked Beauty Bar adds to Toronto's unlimited supply of beauty salons - this one on a fairly unsaturated area of Dundas West. Tucked in between longtime favourite hair salon, Barberella, Trinity...

New New Museum / Galleries

123 Bellwoods Place 416.603.4111
New New Museum

More details coming soon....

Nom Nom Nom Crepes / Restaurants

707 Dundas St. West 647.636.0707 Website
Nom Nom Nom Crepes

Nom Nom Nom Crepes is owned by the ever-boisterous Marc Perraut from Montreal - a man with a serious passion for French-style street food. Nom Nom Nom has a menu...

North of Brooklyn (Get Well) / Restaurants

1181 Dundas St. W 647.351.2337 Website
North of Brooklyn (Get Well)

North of Brooklyn Pizza in Get Well serves the needs of bar-goers looking to kill some late night hunger pangs or to sop up a coming hangover. The menu is...

Northern Belle / Bars

913 Dundas St. West 416.823.8969 Website
Northern Belle

Northern Belle is the new little sister spot to Northwood on Dundas West (located, appropriately, at Bellwoods). Owners Ange Reynolds and Richard Pope aren't deviating far from the formula that...

Nova Era / Baked Goods

1172 Dundas St. West 416.538.7700 Website
Nova Era

Nova Era Bakery now has seven locations in Toronto including the one pictured above at 352 Oakwood Avenue. The first location on Dundas West still makes the delicious Portuguese style...

Nowhere Gallery / Galleries

1581 Dundas West Website
Nowhere Gallery

Nowhere Gallery, on Dundas West, is an art gallery committed to displaying cool stuff. A multipurpose space that functions as both a studio and gallery, Nowhere hosts exhibitions and events....

Odile Chocolat / Grocery Stores

829 Dundas Street West 416.538.1016 Website
Odile Chocolat

Odile Chocolat's bright turquoise exterior sits on a quiet strip on Dundas West, just west of Bathurst St.. Behind a glass case lies rows of chocolate truffles wrapped in crinkly...

Oh My Lard / Restaurants

707 Dundas St. W Website
Oh My Lard

Oh My Lard is a BBQ joint occupying one of the upcycled shipping containers that make up Market 707 at Scadding Court on Dundas West. Opening a BBQ spot has...

Okey Doke Tattoo Shop / Services

790 Dundas St. West 416.538.0303 Website
Okey Doke Tattoo Shop

Okey Doke Tattoo Shop is a good jog from Cabbagetown. When I get to the shop, located at College and Ossington, and gracefully dismount from my bike, I have a...

Old School / Restaurants

800 Dundas St. W 416.815.8790 Website
Old School

Old School is mash-up of all things Americana; diner style breakfasts, malt shop inspired desserts, and Southern style smokehouse fare are all in its wheelhouse. Taking over the former Dundas...

OMG Baked Goodness / Baked Goods

1561 Dundas St. West 647.348.5664 Website
OMG Baked Goodness

OMG Baked Goodness on Dundas West radiates an electric and eclectic energy that justifies its outcry of a name 100%. And the hot pink sign and huge antlers(!) in the...

Opera Bob's Public House / Restaurants

1112 Dundas Street West 416.536.5585
Opera Bob's Public House

Opera Bob's is a newish pub on Dundas West near Ossington. It's a bit of a cavernous space inside which could use a bit of a makeover already; but when...

Pact Bar / Bars

768 Dundas St. West 647.240.0738 Website
Pact Bar

Pact Bar opened at the end of November at the corner of Dundas and Markham. It's tucked away from the main street behind an Ali Baba's. It joins a neighbourhood...

Patois / Restaurants

794 Dundas St. West 647.350.8999 Website

Patois is an entirely novel restaurant - a place where every dish is a mash-up of cultural influences. The Dundas West kitchen is a mix of chef/owner Craig Wong's Chinese-Jamaican...

Penny Arcade Vintage / Fashion Stores

1177 Dundas St. West 647.346.1386
Penny Arcade Vintage

Penny Arcade is, hands down, my favourite vintage store in Toronto. Nestled in among dingy-looking storefronts on Dundas West just west of Ossington, the long space feels welcoming the second you...

Petit Nuage / Baked Goods

707 Dundas St. West 416.902.5632 Website
Petit Nuage

Petite Nuage moved into one of those cute blue shipping containers on Dundas and filled it with equally sweet things. The most prominent are the macarons and crème puffs, but...

Pho Linh / Restaurants

1156 College St. 416.516.3891
Pho Linh

Colonialism sucks, right? Sure it may not be cool to admit you're a fan, but riddle me this batman: where d'ya think that yummy bowl of soupy noodles...

Pho Phuong / Restaurants

1603 Dundas Street West 416.536.3030
Pho Phuong

The rich, spicy and refreshing flavours of pho make it the gateway dish for Vietnamese cuisine, but don't let it stop there. Many of the Vietnamese restaurants scattered throughout the...

Pixel Print / Design Stores

1319 Dundas St. West 416.880.5875 Website
Pixel Print

Pixel Print is a new, local graphic design and print shop that can be found on Dundas West between Ossington and Dufferin. Inside, the hybrid shop happily offers a range...

Porchetta & Co / Restaurants

825 Dundas St. West 647.352.6611 Website
Porchetta & Co

Porchetta & Co. is a carnivore's dream. On a cold wintery day, venturing here is akin to walking into a bacon-scented sauna. The tiny restaurant welcomes its patrons with steamy...

Porter House / Restaurants

1321 Dundas St. W 647.346.3000 Website
Porter House

Porter House is a Brit-style public house newly opened on Dundas West where the Brockton General used to be. Like any pub, it's casual and cozy place, but there are...

PRiMAALA / Fashion Stores

803 Dundas St. West 416.360.1479 Website

PRiMAALA is only six weeks old, but the Dundas West boutique is already poised to change the way Toronto thinks about plus size fashion, one impeccably-tailored pinstripe dress at a...

Queen Margherita Pizza (Dundas West) / Restaurants

772 Dundas St. West 647.748.4666 Website
Queen Margherita Pizza (Dundas West)

Queen Margherita Pizza has finally opened the doors to its Dundas West outpost after two years in the making. It's the third outpost for the fast-expanding brand of Neapolitan-style pizzerias...

Red Canoe / Fashion Stores

1356 Dundas Street West 416.205.1271 Website
Red Canoe

Red Canoe is a brand that boasts licensing deals with Boeing, CBC and the Royal Canadian Air Forces - if you ever wanted the retro logo of the CBC on...

Red House Music Academy / Services

1108 Dundas St. West 416.535.5500 Website
Red House Music Academy

Red House Music Academy - otherwise known as the 'school of rock' is as unconventional is it sounds. Located on the corner of Dundas and Ossington, the school teaches the...

Red Light / Bars

1185 Dundas Street West 416.533.6667
Red Light

For those who associate West Queen West and Ossington with the word gentrification, The Red Light is perched just on the periphery, far enough away from the action to ease...

Rhum Corner / Restaurants

926 Dundas St. W 647.346.9356 Website
Rhum Corner

Rhum Corner, the latest offering from Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg (of the Black Hoof), feels like a Caribbean dive bar minus the stray dogs running around. Dimly lighting, checkered...

Ride Away Bikes / Services

778 Dundas St West 647.352.7433 Website
Ride Away Bikes

Ride Away Bikes has been around since 2010. They offer new and used bicycles. They refurbish donated used bikes and sell them back into the community for around $100-$250. They...

Rose Will Studio / Galleries

1630 Dundas Street West 416.897.8057 Website
Rose Will Studio

Rose Will Studio aims to bring art to Dundas West. A collective artist co-op, studio space and gallery, Rose Will is co-owned and operated by 10 artists. Aside from its...

Royale's Luncheonette / Restaurants

1418 Dundas St. West Website
Royale's Luncheonette

Royale's Luncheonette is a charming 15-seat eatery on Dundas West that deals in daytime fare. It's a small operation where warm proprietors Mark Dufort and Rose Patterson staff the place...

Salsicharia Pavao / Grocery Stores

1435 Dundas St W 416.533.7667 Website
Salsicharia Pavao

Salsicharia Pavao is a fixture in Little Portugal and a longtime Toronto source for imported Portuguese groceries and freshly prepared meats. The butcher shop is family-owned — as many beloved...

Saudade / Design Stores

1191 Dundas St. W Website

Saudade, a beautiful lifestyle product store on Dundas West, has amassed a steady stream of locals gushing about the new addition to the neighbourhood. While only recently opening its doors,...

Saul's Beauty Shop / Fashion Stores

904 Dundas St. West 416.368.7285 Website
Saul's Beauty Shop

Saul's Beauty Shop on Dundas West specializes in spa treatments for non-spa people. If you've ever wanted to treat your skin to a facial, but been intimidated by the whole...

Saving Grace / Restaurants

907 Dundas Street West 416.703.7368
Saving Grace

Brunch at Saving Grace feels like visiting a friend who has a better apartment than you, but isn't smug about it. The small, high-ceilinged room seats twenty people (many,...

Scoop Shop / Restaurants

808 Dundas St. W 416.738.4953 Website
Scoop Shop

Scoop Shop on Dundas West is the bricks and mortar retail outlet for Sweet Sammies Ice Cream Sandwich Co., a pop-up vendor owned by Sanober Motiwala who has been fixture...

Sex Laser / Bars

1369 Dundas St. West 416.835.3771 Website
Sex Laser

Sex Laser, the bartender tells me with a giggle when I asked her what the name of the establishment is. There isn't a sign out front. Despite the DineSafe sign...

Solita / Grocery Stores

1375 Dundas St. West 416.519.5534 Website

Solita is an Italian gourmet food shop that opened in Little Portugal on Dundas West late last year. Its name has multiple meanings: It's a nod to New York's Nolita,...

Soop Soop / Fashion Stores

1315 Dundas St West 647.748.7667 Website
Soop Soop

Soop Soop may be housed in a former grocery store but if you visit this vintage clothing shop on Gladstone near Dundas don't expect nutritious broth. When founder Christina Pretti...

Souppe Shoppe / Restaurants

707 Dundas St. W Website
Souppe Shoppe

Souppe Shoppe operates out of Market 707 at Scadding Court. Inspired by the diverse flavours from around the city they offer a list of soups with local and fresh ingredients....

Studio Bar / Bars

824 Dundas St. West 416.815.7823
Studio Bar

Studio Bar is the latest multiuse venue to open on Dundas West, after a long struggle. That must be a relief to owners Sebastian Lye, Alex Ottens and Mike Bodor,...

Studio Blue Yoga / Fitness Clubs

1457 Dundas St. West 647.220.7645 Website
Studio Blue Yoga

Studio Blue Yoga, the newest addition to Dundas West's burgeoning yoga scene, prides itself on taking a playful approach to practice. Owner Jessica McIntyre, a bubbly instructor with a head...

Suitcase Vintage / Design Stores

2009 Dundas West
Suitcase Vintage

Suitcase Vintage strikes me as the truest incarnation of what one might call a "nostalgia shop." Now, as anyone who has seen Midnight in Paris likely knows, the term doesn't offer...

Sukhothai (Dundas West) / Restaurants

1442 Dundas St. West 416.792.2432 Website
Sukhothai (Dundas West)

Sukhothai on Dundas West is the third location of this little Thai restaurant that could. With humble beginnings starting out as a small Corktown hole-in-the-wall, it became so popular that...

Sweet Woodruff / Design Stores

889 Dundas St. West 416.362.8883 Website
Sweet Woodruff

Sweet Woodruff is a new and comprehensive floral design studio that specializes in events such as weddings, custom bouquets for businesses, and they also offer delivery throughout the GTA for...

Tampered Press / Cafes

256 Crawford St. Unit B 416.534.9739 Website
Tampered Press

The Tampered Press is a hybrid café combining health with hot cups of coffee. Mismatched wooden chairs in a sea of soft green line the different sized tables, while bookshelves...

Tavares Oriental / Design Stores

1554 Dundas St. West 416.537.3467 Website
Tavares Oriental

Tavares Oriental, located on Dundas West, features gorgeous overdyed rugs, perfect for apartments. Their stock includes rugs from India, Nepal, Morocco, Turkey and Portugal, all at a variety of price...

The Contender / Restaurants

1166 Dundas St. West 416.792.3513 Website
The Contender

The Contender is the latest in a recent wave of sports bars to hit Dundas West, joining The Dock Ellis and The Derby, both further west, and Opera Bob's, just...

The Derby / Restaurants

1516 Dundas West 416.901.5730 Website
The Derby

The Derby opened this past summer on Dundas West at Dufferin, and it's what I'd classify as a classy neighbourhood sports pub (if a bar has a banker's/library lamp as...

The Dock Ellis / Bars

1280 Dundas St. W 416.792.8472 Website
The Dock Ellis

The Dock Ellis launched this week at Dundas and Dovercourt, in a neighbourhood already populated with an abundance of watering holes. Amidst a glut of hip joints full of craft...

The Dog Bowl / Services

984 Dundas Street West 416.645.2695 Website
The Dog Bowl

The Dog Bowl sits just north of Trinity Bellwoods, making it a perfect spot for some last-minute doggie treats. You'll also find accessories such as dog beds and leashes, toys,...

The Federal Reserve / Restaurants

1438 Dundas St W 647.352.9120 Website
The Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve has annexed the former Zoots Cafe location on Dundas West. This up and coming area has seen an influx of new restaurants and bars of late (including...

The Fitting Room / Fashion Stores

1389 Dundas St. West 416.533.7666 Website
The Fitting Room

The Fitting Room blends the classic barber shop aesthetic with Toronto's modern day culture and style - and they do it well. Having opened last November, the Dundas West shop...

The Fountain / Bars

1261 Dundas St. West 416.262.4986 Website
The Fountain

The Fountain is more of a gallery with a liquor license than a bar with local art on its walls. It began, though, as just a gallery, opened by OCAD...

The Goods / Restaurants

1255 Dundas St. W 647.340.4663 Website
The Goods

The Goods has opened its doors on Dundas West and is now offering fast, fresh clean-eating to the neighbourhood in addition to an already thriving lunch delivery service that caters...

The Half Point / Bars

1602 Dundas St. West 416.823.0661
The Half Point

No Name McGee's may have been the name of choice the night we went, but the bar at 1602 Dundas St. West has not yet been officially named. For now,...

The Hogtown Cure / Cafes

1484 Dundas St W 647.725.5550 Website
The Hogtown Cure

The Hogtown Cure opened up last week, following a whirlwind construction schedule, and it's a prime location for a shop that dubs itself a deli and cafe (with deli standing...

The Joint Hair Salon / Fashion Stores

816 Dundas St. West 416.363.7007 Website
The Joint Hair Salon

The Joint Hair Salon is the birth child of two separate Toronto-based salons becoming one. The one big happy union specializes in classic haircuts with an edge. The salon, located...

The Libertine / Restaurants

1307 Dundas St. West 647.748.8288 Website
The Libertine

The Libertine is the new underground speakeasy-style lounge now operating from under a blinking tarot reader sign on Dundas West at Rusholme. Co-owned by Byron Dill and Forrest Kendlbacher, the...

The Lockhart / Bars

1479 Dundas St. West 647.748.4434 Website
The Lockhart

The Lockhart nearly blew up the internet. Ever since word broke that there's a Harry Potter-themed bar in Toronto, this small spot on Dundas West that used to be Lucy...

The Ossington Stop / Restaurants

1164 Dundas St. West 416.537.3535 Website
The Ossington Stop

The Ossington Stop has taken over the space formerly occupied by The Arrow, and according to owner William Tavares (of Fishbar and Salt), its aim is to be a cool,...

The Saucy Pierogi / Restaurants

1282 Dundas St. West 416.516.1361 Website
The Saucy Pierogi

The Saucy Pierogi might not be Toronto's first bricks and mortar pierogarnia, but it's been around longer than the east side competiton as a TUM vendor and fixture at farmers'...

Tucana Coffee / Cafes

1413 Dundas St. West Website
Tucana Coffee

Tucana Coffee is a coffee shop on Dundas West from Tenille Clarke who worked at Ossington coffee shop Crafted for four years. She received her training and knowledge from Pilot...

Unlovable / Bars

1415-B Dundas St West 416.532.6669 Website

Unlovable is positively subterranean in a city that has its share of underground and basement bars. Practically camouflaged beneath a travel agency on Dundas West, the place is invisible unless...

Veghed / Restaurants

1199 Dundas St. West 416.841.6673 Website

Veghed opened in November 2014, taking over the space formerly occupied by the cafe Eagles Nest on Dundas West. Primarily a takeout spot with a few stools for dining in,...

Victory Industries Tattoo and Apparel / Services

1695 Dundas Street West 647.347.3324 Website
Victory Industries Tattoo and Apparel

Victory Industries is the mom and pop version of a Toronto tattoo shop. Which is to say that the quote-unquote mom and pop in question are into a '50s aesthetic...

VSP Consignment / Fashion Stores

1410 Dundas St. West 416.588.9821 Website
VSP Consignment

VSP Consignment, a Toronto-based spin-off of Vespucci, Calgary's 8,000 square-foot ladies' consignment department store, can hardly be pigeonholed with the classic perceptions of a consignment store. It's not massive, the...

Wallflower / Bars

1665 Dundas St. W. 647.352.5605 Website

Wallflower opened up just over 2 weeks ago on Dundas West, and is announced on a Saturday night by a street-side sandwich board, and a large front window coated in...

XPACE (Lansdowne) / Galleries

303 Lansdowne Ave 416.849.2864 Website
XPACE (Lansdowne)

XPACE is one of the more recent victims of Ossington's rapid gentrification, having closed its doors at the end of last year due to rent increases. Thankfully, it did, however,...

Yummy Pizza / Restaurants

1745 Dundas St. West 416.588.6666 Website
Yummy Pizza

Yummy Pizza is right at the corner of Dundas West and Lansdowne. While there are a scattering of seats to eat-in, this is mostly a take-out joint that not only...

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