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Neighbourhoods

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.


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1602 Dundas West / Bars

1602 Dundas St. West 416.823.0661
1602 Dundas West

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,...


26 / Galleries

26 Mackenzie Crt. 416.346.3246 Website
26

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....


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

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
Atlantic

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...


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

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

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


Beadle / Fashion Stores

1582 Dundas Street West 416.850.7390 Website
Beadle

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...



Bivy / Cafes

1600 Dundas St. West 416.534.8800
Bivy

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...


Bookhou / Design Stores

798 dundas street west 416.203.2549 Website
Bookhou

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

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...


Bunda Lounge / Bars

1108 Dundas St. West 647.352.2627 Website
Bunda Lounge

Bunda Lounge is a new nightspot near Dundas and Ossington that is definitely more loungy than its neighbours. While most of the drinking dens in the area tend to cater...


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

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 Greg Harding...


Chief Salvage Co. / Design Stores

1493 Dundas St. West 647.352.1983 Website
Chief Salvage Co.

The Chief Salvage Co. has appropriately opened in one half of the storefront that housed the Dufferin Smoke Shop, a business that, even when it was still open, seemed like...


Churchill / Bars

1212 Dundas St. West 416.588.4900
Churchill

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

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...



Cooper Cole / Galleries

1161 Dundas St. West 647.347.3316 Website
Cooper Cole

Cooper Cole Gallery isn't exactly a complete departure from Show & Tell, the gallery space that Simon Cole opened up over two years ago on Dundas West, but the decision...


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...


Day and Night / Fashion Stores

1389 Dundas St. West 647.351.6483
Day and Night

Day and Night is meant to be more than a salon. At least come nighttime. While most Toronto salons hang up their scissors once evening rolls around, this one gears...


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...


Eagles Nest / Cafes

1199 Dundas St W 416.792.3902
Eagles Nest

Eagles Nest is a Dundas West café and ice cream shop offering affogatos, something I always prepared at home but never knew actually had a name. Perhaps I need to...


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...



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...


Erin Stump Projects / Galleries

1450 Dundas St. West 647.345.6163 Website
Erin Stump Projects

Erin Stump Projects is a small art space in the heart of West Queen West, near Dovercourt. Having opened its doors in April 2011, it's definitely a newcomer in an...


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...


Fountain Enterprises / Bars

1261 Dundas St. West 647.764.0307 Website
Fountain Enterprises

Fountain Enterprises 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...


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. ...


Gallery TPW / Galleries

1256 Dundas Street West 416.645.1066 Website
Gallery TPW

Vibrant gallery explores the vital role still and moving images play in contemporary culture....



Garrison / Bars

1197 Dundas St. West 416.519.9439 Website
Garrison

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....


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....


Happy Daze / Cafes

897 Dundas Street West 416.703.5299
Happy Daze

Happy Daze caters to a niche audience looking for a little something extra with their caffeine addiction. Part cafe and part smoke shop, the space has desserts, coffee and a...


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,...



Hashtag Gallery / Galleries

801 Dundas St W 416.861.1866 Website
Hashtag Gallery

Hashtag Gallery is the one of the latest entries to what has gradually become the arts-rich strip of Dundas West. Founded by Graeme Luey, Johnny Hollick and Charlie Jurczynski last...


Henhouse / Bars

1532 Dundas Street West 416.534.5939
Henhouse

There's something afoot on Dundas West. Traditionally the place you went to get a Portuguese tart or some other kind of fix, the last few years has seen a steady...


Hide / Fashion Stores

789 Dundas St W 647.349.5050
Hide

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...


Hudson Kitchen / Restaurants

800 Dundas St. West 416.644.8839 Website
Hudson Kitchen

Hudson Kitchen is a month-old eatery on Dundas West in a newly combined space that formerly housed the Palmerston Cafe, Jamie Kennedy's Provenance and the One 800 Gallery. The 70-seat...


Kadbanu / Restaurants

771 Dundas St. West 416.366.2268
Kadbanu

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...


L'Ouvrier / Restaurants

791 Dundas St. West 416.901.9581 Website
L'Ouvrier

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...


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...


Lucy Brock / Bars

1479 Dundas St W 647.299.6741 Website
Lucy Brock

Lucy Brock is a new bar at Dundas and Dufferin courtesy of Ryan McVittie, the folks behind Parkdale's Motel (Daniel Greaves and Lisa Black) and Elizabeth Davies. A small but...


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...



MADE / Design Stores

867 Dundas Street West 416.607.6384 Website
MADE

Since opening up shop in September of 2006, MADE has already secured its position as a staple within Toronto's, as well as Canada's, design community. Slightly disguised by means of...


Magpie / Bars

831 Dundas Street West 416.916.6499
Magpie

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...


Market 707 / Restaurants

707 Dundas St W 416.392.0335 Website
Market 707

Market 707 is back in business for another year. Housed entirely in retrofitted shipping containers along the block of Dundas Street West just east of Bathurst, this unique street food...


May / Bars

876 Dundas St. West 416.568.5510
May

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 — notably Swirl...


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...


Mojo Lounge / Bars

1305 Dundas St W 416.530.3838 Website
Mojo Lounge

MoJo Lounge is a new place to party on Dundas West. Part venue and part club, this is the first permanent space for event planning company MoJo Toronto. As...


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

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...


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...


New New Museum / Galleries

123 Bellwoods Place 416.603.4111
New New Museum

More details coming soon....


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...


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...



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...


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

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...


PM Gallery / Galleries

1518 Dundas Street West 416.937.3862 Website
PM Gallery

p|m Gallery is tucked into a bright stretch of Dundas West, between a Portuguese café and Henhouse (a bar), a few doors down. I stopped by the other day to...


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...


Press Club / Bars

850 Dundas Street West 416.364.7183 Website
Press Club

The Press Club is a low key bar on Dundas West that has a good beer selection and a side patio....


PRiMAALA / Fashion Stores

803 Dundas St. West 416.360.1479 Website
PRiMAALA

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...


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 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...


S. Lefkowitz / Restaurants

913 Dundas St W 647.346.8448
S. Lefkowitz

S. Lefkowitz, Toronto's first hummusia is now open where Ezra's Pound on Dundas West once stood. Still owned by Ezra Braves, the space has been refreshed and converted from coffee...


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...


Saul's Beauty Shop / Fashion Stores

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

Saul's Beauty Shop is the creation of a longtime spa esthetician who wanted to offer treatments in an unpretentious, laid-back atmosphere. Its petrochemical- and SLS-free menu of facials, spray tans...


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,...


Scout's Honour / Bars

1576 Dundas St. W. 647.748.6627 Website
Scout's Honour

Scout's Honour is like going to summer camp. The smell of fresh pine, stories around the campfire, prepubescent awkwardness...Ok, so there's no fire pit (thanks a lot fire safety laws)...


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...



Someone / Design Stores

1691 Dundas Street West 416.548.7385 Website
Someone

Someone (or someone.ca since the store does a brisk online business) is a letterpress shop on Dundas West in Brockton Village that specializes in high quality letterpress printing for cards,...


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...


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...


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 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 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 Grove / Restaurants

1214 Dundas St. West 416.588.2299 Website
The Grove

The Grove serves up contemporary English food on Dundas West. Think combinations like pork, poached eggs and turnip and a selection of puddings for dessert. Photo from The Grove's Facebook page....


The Happy Hooker / Restaurants

887 Dundas St W 647.769.4243 Website
The Happy Hooker

The Happy Hooker is the newest addition to the thriving stretch of Dundas West between Bathurst and Ossington, offering an inexpensive seafood-centric menu that draws inspiration from the West Coast. Taking...


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 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 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 Palmerston / Cafes

800 Dundas Street Wes 416.361.3333
The Palmerston

The Palmerston cafe covers everything from ice cream, brunch to beer. They have a spacious outdoor patio, large screen TVs and cozy tables for two inside. I visited last Saturday during...


The Stem Flower Market / Design Stores

1418 Dundas St. West 647.352.7836 Website
The Stem Flower Market

The Stem Flower Market focuses on the floral. Lisa, the owner, can put together virtually any custom order. As I drop in to visit, she's got huge buckets of red...


This End Up / Restaurants

1454 Dundas St. West 647.347.8700 Website
This End Up

This End Up, sandwiched between sports cafes and a whole lotta businesses that start with "Brasil", is the latest restaurant to open up on the stretch of Dundas West that...


Unlovable / Bars

1415-B Dundas St West 416.532.6669 Website
Unlovable

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...


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

1594 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

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...



Wonder Pens / Design Stores

906 Dundas St. W. 647.461.2426 Website
Wonder Pens

Wonder Pens has found a way to bring back the written word. The little shop at Dundas and Bellwoods sells a huge assortment of fountain pens, ink, and stylin' little...


Woodlawn / Fashion Stores

1491 Dundas St. West 416.551.8000 Website
Woodlawn

Woodlawn Boutique is a rustic-looking new boutique near Dundas and Dufferin. the intersection isn't a shopping destination quite yet, but Ainaz Maleko definitely recognizes the potential, especially with stores such...


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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