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Little Italy

Little Italy was once pizza and pasta central. Then it was overtaken by martini bars and became a twenty-something's version of the Club District. Now, as the neighbourhood still welcomes a mix of newer and long-established restaurants, we wonder what's next? Tame by day, the neighbourhood has all the pre-requisites one would expect. Gelato? Check. Raving soccer fans? Check. Shady Mafioso hangout? Check. But what it also has is oodles of character, two bursting summer street festivals, a killer music store, a second-run cinema and Toronto's best sandwich.

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312 Optical Studio / Fashion Stores

312 College St. 416.929.5312 Website
312 Optical Studio

312 Optical Studio is a new and welcome sight at College and Augusta - an optical shop with a focus on high-design, high-quality specs at a variety of price points....

342 Manning / Fashion Stores

342 Manning Ave 416.588.3366 Website
342 Manning

342 Manning is a salon, barber shop and tattoo shop with an ultra-cool vibe. Come here for just one of their services or a combination, and enjoy the natural light...

A3 Napoli / Restaurants

589 College St. 416.588.6000 Website
A3 Napoli

A3 Napoli is slinging regional Italian street foods along College St. aiming to attract foot traffic in Little Italy with a menu of handheld delights that can be easily enjoy...

Abbey Pub / Restaurants

989 College St. 416.530.5954
Abbey Pub

The Abbey Pub is a low key pub on College St. that serves up standard pub fare along with sports on TV and a casual front patio....

Academy of Music / Services

499 College St. 416.924.7499 Website
Academy of Music

The Academy of Music stocks humble but comprehensive selection of guitars, pianos, clarinets, saxes and recorders, priced to sell, with classrooms in the back or upstairs where budding virtuosi learned...

Ali Baba's (Little Italy) / Restaurants

610 College St. 416.537.0100 Website
Ali Baba's (Little Italy)

Ali Baba's in Little Italy seems to be one of the frontrunners in terms of fast Middle Eastern fare in the area. The shawarma, falafel, and kebabs are all made...

Amato Pizza (College St.) / Restaurants

380 College St. 416.972.6286 Website
Amato Pizza (College St.)

Amato Pizza on College does have its small bastion of locals, despite the seeming plethora of other pizza options in the area. The slices you'll get here are pretty filling...

Amico Sushi / Restaurants

598 College St 647.347.8500 Website
Amico Sushi

Amico Sushi is a Japanese fusion restaurant in Little Italy. "Amico" means "friend" in Italian, but don't confuse this sushi restaurant with the popular pizza place in the same neighbourhood....

Anti Vice / Restaurants

853 College St. 647.748.8423 Website
Anti Vice

Anti Vice doesn't feature a wall of pre-filled bottles. Instead the specialty here is seasonal juices like the Honey Dew Me ($6.75), featuring honeydew, cantaloupe, orange and ginger, are blended...

Arabesque / Restaurants

1068 College Street 416.504.8146 Website

Arabesque sits at a quiet corner on College Street, just east of Dufferin. Inside, Lebanese owner Zoher Hakim cooks up delicious falafel, chicken kebab, eggee and more. Don't forget to...

Arts Market (College) / Design Stores

846 College St. 647.997.7616 Website
Arts Market (College)

An Arts Market has opened on College Street. Yes, west-end artists and shopping enthusiasts - good news! Leslieville's Arts Market recently opened a second location on College just west of...

Ashtanga Yoga Shala Toronto / Fitness Clubs

460 College Street 416.352.6030 Website
Ashtanga Yoga Shala Toronto

Ashtanga Yoga Shala on College Street offers a schedule of classes mainly consisting of Ashtanga Yoga and Mysore Yoga, which is considered a more traditional style of Ashtanga Yoga (makes...

Aunties and Uncles / Restaurants

74 Lippincott St. 416.324.1375 Website
Aunties and Uncles

Aunties and Uncles is now in its 14th year of operation and has earned itself quite the reputation. Located near College and Bathurst on Lippincott Street, this restaurant competes with...

Aziza / Restaurants

962 College Street 416.516.9909

Aziza is a fresh addition to the College and Ossington strip. They offer an all day breakfast, and are also known for their soups and sandwiches - their chicken, avocado...

B'saha / Restaurants

599 College St. 416.536.9292 Website

B'saha is a Moroccan joint at College and Clinton in Little Italy's bustling row of restaurants, right across from the Royal Cinema. Co-owners Safaa Sosyane and Otman Haouzi started bringing...

Baby on the Hip (College St.) / Fashion Stores

786 College St. 647.427.1484 Website
Baby on the Hip (College St.)

Baby on the Hip has expanded to College Street. This is the second location of the popular baby store that spawned in Leslieville....

Bairrada Churrasqueira / Restaurants

1000 College Street 416.539.8239 Website
Bairrada Churrasqueira

Bairrada is one of those chicken places in Toronto with a bunch of locations and a name that you might glaze over if you're not from certain parts of the...

Bake Shoppe / Baked Goods

859 College St. 416.916.2253 Website
Bake Shoppe

Bake Shoppe is the newest embodiment of the Wedding Cake Shoppe, a bakery cafe at College and Ossington that had sold delicious cupcakes and custom cakes for the past five...

Balfour Books / Bookstores

468 College St. 416.531.9911
Balfour Books

Balfour Books, in its new, smaller, location at 468 College St (west of Bathurst), almost doesn't seem like a used bookstore. Sure, there is a dollar bin right outside the...

Bar Isabel / Restaurants

797 College St 416.532.2222 Website
Bar Isabel

Bar Isabel, former Black Hoof chef Grant van Gameren's latest outpost, recently opened near College and Ossington, and with it comes some very high expectations. Joined by General Manager and...

Bar Italia / Restaurants

582 College St. 416.535.3621 Website
Bar Italia

Bar Italia is an institution in Little Italy even though its glory days have long past. The split level restaurant serves a long list of Italian favourites including panini, pasta,...

Bar Radio / Bars

615 College St. 416.516.3237 Website
Bar Radio

Wilson 96 is a new-ish bar on College that really is a breath of fresh air in what has become, to me anyway, a pretty tired strip of Toronto night-life....

Bar Raval / Restaurants

505 College St. Website
Bar Raval

Bar Raval opened its doors at the corner of College and Palmerston, inside the former home of Teatro, to more than a little fanfare this past week. Almost a year...

Bestellen Restaurant / Restaurants

972 College St. 647.341.6769 Website
Bestellen Restaurant

Bestellen is former Executive Chef of the Mercatto Group, Rob Rossi's, new restaurant. Located at Rusholme and College West, there's been a considerable amount of buzz about Rossi's new...

Birreria Volo / Bars

612 College St Website
Birreria Volo

Birreria Volo has risen in the wake of the legendary Bar Volo's closing. Run by the same Morana brothers, Julian and Tomas, this new bar focuses more on barrel-aged and...

Bistro 422 / Bars

422 College Street 416.963.9416
Bistro 422

Bistro 422 is a College and Bathurst Streets dive that many know of but few remember. Some details that will refresh your memory, though, might be; mixed drink pitchers, a...

Bitondo Pizzeria & Sandwiches / Restaurants

11 Clinton Street 416.533.4101
Bitondo Pizzeria & Sandwiches

Bitondo's is a tiny, old school pizzeria located on Clinton, a residential street removed from the bustle of Little Italy's main drag. It's a strictly take-out operation, which you'd think...

Black Cat Espresso Bar / Cafes

1104 College St. 647.385.9929 Website
Black Cat Espresso Bar

Black Cat Espresso Bar is a cafe at College and Dufferin that's taken over the space formerly occupied by Runway Hair Studio. It's got a menu chock-full of food and...


559 College St. 416.925.8437 Website

BLND TGER (get it guys it's blind tiger but there are no i's) is a new bar located in Little Italy. Serving up bottle service and beer-on-tap, BLND TGER mashes...

Blood and Bandages / Fashion Stores

872 College St. 416.357.9178 Website
Blood and Bandages

Blood and Bandages Barber Shop is no longer in a closet. That may sound facetious, but since 2007 Blood and Bandages was holed up in a 97-square-foot spot nicknamed The...

Botany Floral Studio / Design Stores

626 College St. 647.341.6646 Website
Botany Floral Studio

Botany Floral Studio is a Little Italy destination for luscious, uncommon and old fashioned flower varieties. Custom designs tend to feature deep and vibrant colours and lots of tropicals, garden...

Burgatory / Restaurants

719 College St. 647.298.7127 Website

Burgatory prides itself on serving one hell of a burger and now the food truck boasts a bricks-and-mortar restaurant. The menu, inspired by the seven deadly sins, offers creations like...

Burrito Boyz (College St.) / Restaurants

575 College St. West 416.588.2699 Website
Burrito Boyz (College St.)

Burrito Boyz on College St. provides a welcome option to late night eats after last call. On the menu are all the familiar options we've come to expect from this...

Burro Burrito (College St.) / Restaurants

655 College St 416.530.2738 Website
Burro Burrito (College St.)

My quest for Toronto's best burrito has brought me to Little Italy. Burro Burrito is only days old - or at least the canvas sign is - as an end...

Butter Chicken Roti / Restaurants

398 College St. 416.986.0026
Butter Chicken Roti

Butter Chicken Roti is a casual spot that just opened up at College and Bathurst. They've got 15 different kinds of gourmet roti, with plenty in the way of vegetarian...

Cafe Diplomatico / Restaurants

594 College Street 416.534.4637
Cafe Diplomatico

Cafe Diplomatico owns one of the most popular patios in Toronto. At the corner of Clinton and College, the restaurant serves up casual Italian fare paired with cold pints. Prepare...

Cafeteria / Restaurants

974 College Street Website

Cafeteria is the seventh member of the Playa Cabana family of restaurants. It's inspired by the homestyle Mexican diners that arose 200 years ago when the first coffee plantations opened...

Capitol Restaurant / Restaurants

597 College St. 416.534.2942
Capitol Restaurant

Capitol is one of those old school restaurants in Little Italy that somehow manages to stay in business year after year. Offering nothing particularly noteworthy on its menu (or ambiance),...

Caplansky's Deli / Restaurants

356 College Street 416.500.3852 Website
Caplansky's Deli

Y'know you're doing something right when you're being called the messiah of smoked meat, your fare's got a fan club with Geddy Lee in it, and it's so popular it's...

Chabichou (College St.) / Grocery Stores

774 College St. Website
Chabichou (College St.)

Chabichou has opened a second location in Little Italy to appease the palates of cheese lovers and lunch goers. This location opened just after their original Harbord store closed for...

Chiado / Restaurants

864 College Street 416.538.1910

Chiado is upscale Portuguese dining, with mains such as pan-seared filet of grouper, grilled octopus with sweet pepper salsa, roasted Australian rack of lamb, and specialty dishes with fresh fish...

Chocolates X Brandon Olsen / Grocery Stores

1132 College St. 416.588.2926 Website
Chocolates X Brandon Olsen

Chocolates X Brandon Olsen has taken over a small storefront on College St. by Dufferin that was previously Brockton Flower Shop, and I'm sure glad it has. The much-hyped shop...

Churrasqueira Oliveira / Restaurants

898 College Street 416.537.7133
Churrasqueira Oliveira

Mmmmm....shrimp. Our review coming soon. ...

Churrasquiera Do Sardinha / Restaurants

705 College Street 416.531.1120
Churrasquiera Do Sardinha

Located in Little Italy, this Portuguese eatery is well-loved for its slow-roasted chicken painted with deliciously spicy home-made piri-piri sauce. Quarter chicken combos, loaded with glistening parisienne potatoes and rice,...

City Beat Records / Services

932 College St. 416.696.6969 Website
City Beat Records

City Beat Records is a hole-in-the-wall music outpost focusing on DJs looking for the newest dance releases, yet keeping their selection open to related genres and doors open to everyone....

Cloak & Dagger / Bars

394 College Street 416.921.8308
Cloak & Dagger

The Cloak & Dagger has over 20 beers on tap. The venerable College Street watering hole with that lived-in, down-to-earth pub feel has a brew for everyone. Their intimate back...

Coffee Culture / Cafes

409 College St 416.868.9078 Website
Coffee Culture

Coffee Culture is a franchise. Let's just get that point out of the way. It's a medium-sized (31 stores) Canadian franchise spread across Ontario. Furthermore, it's a franchise that decided...

College Falafel / Restaurants

450 Ossington Ave 416.532.8698 Website
College Falafel

College Falafel makes falafel, shawarma, Halifax-style donairs and a whole lot of other Mediterranean food from scratch. ...

College Fruit Market / Grocery Stores

682 College St 416.538.6283
College Fruit Market

Be sure to eat your fruits and veg before heading out for a Little Italy bender. Fresh produce under crisp awnings and lots of faithful locals....

College Street Bar / Bars

574 College Street 416.533.2417 Website
College Street Bar

College Street Bar, though it's difficult to decipher from the weird and abstract name, is a bar on College Street. Located in the midst of Little Italy, College Street Bar...

Cook It (College St.) / Design Stores

709 College St. 647.748.2665
Cook It (College St.)

Cook It is stocked with all the kitchen utensils you need to become a Master Chef in your own home. Whether you're in need of serving bowls or a spiralizer,...

Crown and Tiger / Restaurants

414 College St. 416.920.3115 Website
Crown and Tiger

Crown and Tiger is a popular hangout for UofT students on College St. It's a good place to go for cheap pitchers and passable pub food and they host live...

Curry Love / Restaurants

370 College Street 416.964.2888 Website
Curry Love

Curry Love is a Thai curry take-out spot on College across the street from Bellevue Avenue. They operate on an assembly line concept that takes the authentic Thai flavours of...

Cycle Couture / Services

926 College St 647.694.0542 Website
Cycle Couture

Cycle Couture is the type of bike shop that could only open in a city that's at least somewhat cycling friendly. Even if our bike lane infrastructure isn't where it...

Dailo / Restaurants

503 College St. 647.341.8882 Website

Dailo is the hotly anticipated new creative outlet for the culinary stylings of chef Nick Liu, the once-transient chef behind a series of Gwailo pop-ups known for inventive east-meets-west hybrid...

de Floured / Baked Goods

1250 College St.
de Floured

de Floured owner Krista Tobias, with gluten-free flour smeared across her face and apron, is picture-perfect as she updates the chalkboard at the entrance of her new bakery at 1250...

De Frantic Monkey Cafe Bar / Cafes

799 College St #101 647.748.1799 Website
De Frantic Monkey Cafe Bar

De Frantic Monkey Cafe Bar is a coffee shop in the building at 799 College, near College and Ossington. They serve up cafe basics that are just slightly off the...

Dish Cafe / Cafes

587 College Street 416.920.5559 Website
Dish Cafe

Dish Cafe has moved to the heart of Little Italy after 16 years on Dupont in the Annex. This cooking school, cafe with prepared foods, retail store and private/corporate event...

District Oven / Restaurants

842 College St. 416.901.7717
District Oven

District Oven, a new restaurant and lounge at College and Ossington, is finally open in the long vacant site that once housed the raucous Portuguese sports bar, Cervejaria. Now an...

Dolce Gelato / Restaurants

697 College Street 416.915.0756
Dolce Gelato

This hot and humid weather calls for drastic measures. Looking for a way to cool down I recently headed over to Dolce Gelato on College. The relatively new gelateria was...

Duff's Famous Wings / Restaurants

558 College Street 416.963.4446 Website
Duff's Famous Wings

Duff's definitely knows how to serve up award winning wings. Don't get too cocky the first time you visit as they will warn you that medium IS hot, medium...

Eat My Martini / Restaurants

648 College St. West 416.516.2549 Website
Eat My Martini

Eat My Martini, College St.'s shrine to the flavoured martini, is a veritable haven for those in search of a cheap cocktail. There are over 130 different varieties of martinis...

El Convento Rico / Bars

750 College Street 416.588.7800 Website
El Convento Rico

El Convento Rico is a basement club in Little Italy that features drag queen shows Fridays at 1am and Saturday at 12:30am....

El Rancho / Restaurants

430 College Street 416.921.2752 Website
El Rancho

El Rancho specializes in Spanish and Latin American eats and serves up favourites like paella and fajitas. The restaurant doubles as a salsa club on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings,...

Eleven Thirty Shop / Fashion Stores

1130 College St. 647.891.5698 Website
Eleven Thirty Shop

Eleven Thirty Shop is a new accessories studio and boutique in Brockton Village where leather is the star of the show--a fact that is immediately apparent when I walk in...

Emmet Ray / Bars

924 College St. 416.792.4497 Website
Emmet Ray

The Emmet Ray - a new bar at College and Dovercourt - with its large, brass lettering and sober-looking interior, looks at first glance that it might be competing with...

Empire Espresso / Cafes

668 College St. 416.792.8890 Website
Empire Espresso

Empire Espresso has one of the prettiest espresso machines I've ever seen. The La Marzocco machine at this College Street coffee shop is covered with a custom silkscreen adhesive in...

Eskada / Bars

718 College St 416.722.3558 Website

Eskada is a bar-meets-club in Little Italy that's in the space where Crawford used to be. It has drink deals, themed nights, and no cover. I visited Eskada late one rainy...

Faith / Void / Services

894 College St. Website
Faith / Void

Faith / Void isn't exactly the most conspicuous place in Toronto, but when it comes to searching for the hardcore music scene in this city sometimes all you have to...

Fancy Franks / Restaurants

326 College Street 416.920.3647 Website
Fancy Franks

Fancy Franks has been open for just four days, but the gourmet hot dog shop has been generating murmurs of excitement since a bold-coloured mural appeared on its College St....

Felichia Bridal / Fashion Stores

601 College St 647.350.5559 Website
Felichia Bridal

Felichia Bridal is an upscale bridal shop that sells wedding gowns, bridal dresses, and evening wear. Their College West location is by appointment only. Gowns and dresses range in price...

Folly Brewpub / Restaurants

928 College Street 416.533.7272 Website
Folly Brewpub

Folly Brewpub is the re-branded Habits Gastropub. The brewery makes Belgian-inspired beers while the kitchen serves up indulgent fried eats like the tempura battered haddock filet and calamari. ...

Frank's Kitchen / Restaurants

588 College St. 416.516.5861 Website
Frank's Kitchen

Frank's Kitchen is found just east of The Dip on College St. Helmed by former Centro head chef Frank Parhizgar, the restaurant has been getting rave reviews from old school...

Free Times Cafe / Restaurants

320 College St 416.967.1078 Website
Free Times Cafe

Free Time Cafe isn't new to Toronto's ever-expanding brunch scene. In fact, owner Judy Perly has been hosting her signature Bella! Did Ya Eat? Klezmer brunch for more than 20...

Fresca Pizza / Restaurants

302 College St. 416.922.9555
Fresca Pizza

Fresca Pizza has replaced the burnt out Massmo's on College Street west of Spadina. Pizza (whole pies and slices) are the things to get here but there's also pasta available...

Freshslice / Restaurants

619 College St. 647.346.8631 Website

Freshslice brings another late night slice option to Little Italy. Also open during the day, this mostly take-out pizza place now has four locations in Toronto following its domination of...

Friendly Magnolia Fine Foods / Grocery Stores

538 College Street 416.920.9927
Friendly Magnolia Fine Foods

Friendly Magnolia Fine Foods is a wonderful little grocery found in little Italy, just West of Euclid street. Full of fresh fruit, vegetables, and cheeses. Lots of groceries, homemade desserts...

Ghazale (College St.) / Restaurants

661 College St. 416.534.7441 Website
Ghazale (College St.)

Ghazale on College Street is known for its consistency. While it's certainly not the only place to get a falafel or shawarma in the area, it is one of the...

Gobo Sushi (College St.) / Restaurants

836 College St 647.352.6688
Gobo Sushi (College St.)

Gobo Sushi on College St. makes for a tasty and affordable local sushi option in Little Italy. It features your normal selection of sushi rolls, along with fried noodles and...

Golden Wheat / Baked Goods

652 College Street 416.534.1107
Golden Wheat

To me, the name Golden Wheat is evocative of home made, salt of the earth, old world goodness. On a really sunny spring day, my roommate Alyssa and I...

Grasshopper / Restaurants

310 College St. 647.340.3666 Website

Grasshopper is a newly opened vegetarian restaurant on College that takes over the site formerly occupied by the Mexi-Can market. Now a cheery 24-seat eatery owned by first time restaurateurs...

Green Grind / Cafes

567 College St. 647.293.2110 Website
Green Grind

The Green Grind, a new cafe with an environmentally conscious mandate, opened in Little Italy this week. Curious to see what this new addition could bring to the already...

Hacienda Las Americas / Restaurants

424 College St Website
Hacienda Las Americas

Hacienda Las Americas is a hole in the wall on College Street where you can find Mexican standards like chips and guacamole, nachos, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, beef ribs and carne...

Hapa Toronto / Restaurants

602 College Street 647.748.4272 Website
Hapa Toronto

Hapa Izakaya opened its doors in September 2012 in Little Italy, as yet another Vancouver restaurant chain making a move for Toronto. With 10 years of Izakaya acclaim on the...

Hogtown Pub and Oysters / Restaurants

633 College St. 416.645.0285 Website
Hogtown Pub and Oysters

The Hogtown Pub and Oysters is the re-branded and re-thought Auld Spot on College St. ...

Hula Girl (Ossington) / Cafes

456 Ossington Ave. Website
Hula Girl (Ossington)

Hula Girl Espresso has opened a sister location to the original cafe - this time on Ossington just north of College. Occupying the space that was previously the short-lived United...

Il Gatto Nero / Restaurants

720 College Street 416.536.3132
Il Gatto Nero

Il Gatto Nero is a long-standing Italian spot in Little Italy. Open daily until 2am, the restaurant and bar offers up a long list of pizza and pasta options and...

In Style Optical / Fashion Stores

828 College Street 416.536.7999 Website
In Style Optical

In Style Optical is a one-stop shop for any four-eyed patrons looking for eye examinations or eye wear. The College Street establishment offers an on-site optometrist to provide complete eye...

Istanbul Shawarma / Restaurants

430 College St 647.348.7288
Istanbul Shawarma

Istanbul Shawarma is a fast casual eatery located in Little Italy. The spot which offers both dine-in and take-out serves up a variety of wraps and plates of shawarma, falafel,...

Izakaya (College St.) / Restaurants

294 College St. 416.551.6264
Izakaya (College St.)

Izakaya, which opened two months ago, offers traditional sushi a la carte as well as an all-you-can-eat menu. The shiny new sushi joint located near College and Spadina glows like...

Jelly Modern Doughnuts / Baked Goods

376 College St 416.962.2053 Website
Jelly Modern Doughnuts

Jelly Modern Doughnuts, a new shop for gourmet treats at College and Bathurst, will probably become the next big hangout for cops in no time — its doughnuts absolutely pulverize...

June Records / Services

662 College St. 416.516.5863
June Records

June Records is the latest record store addition to College St., and it's taking over the old Ammo Video space. Located between local favourite Soundscapes and the new thrift store/record...

Kalendar / Restaurants

546 College Street 416.923.4138 Website

In my neverending quest to find the best places in Toronto for brunch, I decided to try out Kalendar, a restaurant in Little Italy. Lush and intimate, the interior design...

Kasai Grill House / Restaurants

650 College Street 647.348.1686 Website
Kasai Grill House

Kasai Grill House lets you grill meats and vegetables at your table. Sushi, maki and a few appetizers are also on the menu. ...

Kubata Cafe / Cafes

962 College Street 416.516.9909
Kubata Cafe

More info coming soon!...

La Carnita (College St.) / Restaurants

501 College Street 416.964.1555 Website
La Carnita (College St.)

La Carnita has permanently "popped up" in the former location of Briscola near the corner of College and Palmerston. The restaurant unites the talents of Andrew Richmond, a designer turned...

La Carrera Cycles / Services

1073 College St. 416.538.1203 Website
La Carrera Cycles

La Carrera Cycles is dressed in a splatter of memorabilia, which is juxtaposed nicely against a wall display of high end frames and apparel leading to a service bay area...

La Forchetta / Restaurants

613 College Street 416.534.3100 Website
La Forchetta

La Forchetta Ristorante mixes traditional, regional Italian cuisine with contemporary flavours. The menu features homemade pasta, risotto, rack of lamb, venison, veal, mussels and salmon....

La Fromagerie / Grocery Stores

868 College Street 416.516.4278
La Fromagerie

La Fromagerie on College is a tiny cheese store selling a range of specialty cheeses, fresh breads, croissants and a wide variety of olives. ...

Lansdowne Brewery / Restaurants

303 Lansdowne Ave. 416.588.1641 Website
Lansdowne Brewery

Lansdowne Brewery has been a long time coming, but it's finally here. This brewpub beside Xpace can be found on a not-too-happening stretch of Lansdowne between College and Dundas West,...

Laylow / Bars

1144 College St 416.535.5858 Website

Laylow on College is a nice place to slip away for the night. They mostly sling Belgian and German-style beer rather than local offerings do don't go here if you're...

Le Tablier Blanc / Design Stores

550 College St. 647.883.0091 Website
Le Tablier Blanc

Le Tablier Blanc is a lifestyle and gift store with an unconventional twist. Stocked with a fun-take on essentials like scarves, socks, candles, mugs, kitchen items - there's also a...

Levetto (College) / Restaurants

940 College Street 416.792.5602 Website
Levetto (College)

Levetto on College serves homestyle Italian eats. The menu flaunts carb-filled favourites like spaghetti carbonara, margherita pizza and tiramisu....

Li'ly / Bars

656 College St. 416.532.0419 Website

Li'ly is a self-described resto-lounge in Little Italy. Except plenty of martinis and live DJs every Friday and Saturday night....

Lilliput Hats / Fashion Stores

462 College Street 416.536.5933 Website
Lilliput Hats

My head is gigantic. This makes finding and buying hats very difficult as they rarely fit and almost never look very good. Due to this unfortunate genetic predisposition I have...

Linus Inc. / Fashion Stores

1158 College St. 416.925.7734 Website
Linus Inc.

Linus inc. is a Toronto hair salon located on on College just west of Dufferin. "We try to be upscale, trend-driven, contemporary." That's what owner Luke Martin tells me as...

Loon Records / Services

550 College St. 647.351.5666
Loon Records

Loon Records is an unassuming but quirky vinyl shop on College St. in the heart of Little Italy. The small space is yellow-painted and homey and is marked by...

Los Cafetaleros / Cafes

774 College St 416.221.9700 Website
Los Cafetaleros

Los Cafetaleros opened up this month as the latest addition to the coffee purveyors of Little Italy. The College Street spot is the new retail location for the micro-roastery in...

Manic Coffee / Cafes

426 College Street 416.966.3888 Website
Manic Coffee

Manic Coffee opened its doors at Bathurst and College exactly six years ago, and it's been a haven for regulars ever since. Manager Luis Pereira says no matter what the...

Marinella / Restaurants

640 College Street 416.348.9200 Website

Marinella, an Italian resto in the heart of Little Italy, has a large west-facing patio making it an ideal option for an outdoor lunch or a romantic dinner date. With...

Mars Food / Restaurants

432 College St. 416.921.6332
Mars Food

Mars Food on College is a place I had previously written off. I had stopped in once, maybe a year ago, for a grilled cheese sandwich, only to be disappointed...

Menchies (Little Italy) / Restaurants

623 College Street 416.533.4646 Website
Menchies (Little Italy)

Menchies is a well-loved frozen yogurt chain with several locations scattered around Toronto. Inside the College location you'll find a familiar setup: several froyo machines and a DIY topping bar...

Midtown / Bars

552 College St. 416.920.4533 Website

The Midtown is a popular bar in Little Italy that caters to the frat-boy crowd....

Mod Club / Bars

722 College Street 416.588.4663 Website
Mod Club

Live music, DJ sessions and dance parties are all part of the mix at the Mod Club, a popular live music venue in Little Italy. ...

Monarch Espresso Bar / Cafes

12 Clinton St 416.531.5833 Website
Monarch Espresso Bar

Monarch Espresso Bar offers a socially acceptable excuse to head to the Monarch Tavern at 9:00 a.m. While the drinking, debauchery, and live music starts after the sun goes down,...

Monarch Tavern / Bars

12 Clinton 416.531.5833
Monarch Tavern

The Monarch Tavern is a long time fixture on Clinton street in Little Italy. With recently revamped food and drink offerings, the Monarch now serves up 15 craft beers on...

Motoretta / Fashion Stores

554 College Street 416.925.1818 Website

More details coming soon....

Mullins Irish Pub (College St.) / Restaurants

537 College St W 416.972.6859 Website
Mullins Irish Pub (College St.)

Mullins Irish Pub on College St. is one of several Mullins locations in Toronto, and serves up fairly standard pub fare--from chicken wings to fish 'n' chips--as well as beer...

My Drunk Uncle's Pub / Restaurants

300 College St. 647.352.2273 Website
My Drunk Uncle's Pub

My Drunk Uncle's Pub can be found in what use to be the Old Laurel in Little Italy. The student friendly joint will offer up classic pub grub of burgers,...

My Little Bike Shop / Services

882 College St 647.967.0122 Website
My Little Bike Shop

My Little Bike Shop draws a crowd of bike lovers to its door, no doubt drawn by the vintage steel frames that adorn the walls bearing names like Cinelli, Coppi,...

Nature's Bay / Grocery Stores

378 College St 416.979.1208
Nature's Bay

Nature's Bay is a health food store on College Street, just east of Bathurst, that stocks organic grains and supplements, prepared foods, juices, gluten free options and organic clothing....

Nest / Bars

423 College St. 416.792.9488 Website

Nest is a house music club located where Ryze used to be. Featuring an impressive sound system, Nest hosts a mix of international and local DJs. I visited Nest late...

Nightowl / Bars

647 College St. 647.927.4321 Website

Nightowl in Little Italy has insane cocktails, cheap eats, and arcade games. Separated into two floors, the space is well-used and well-decorated. An illuminated sign reminds patrons that the night...

Nirvana / Restaurants

434 College Street 416.927.8885

A row of greasy spoons and the legendarily loud Sneaky Dee's have, until recently, made the corner of College & Bathurst a haven for the rowdy. Not that I...

No One Writes to the Colonel / Bars

460 College St. 416.928.6777
No One Writes to the Colonel

No One Writes to the Colonel feels just like a 70's throwback lounge, but more homey than groovy, and laid-back than swank. First off, it's in a house, formerly a...

Northern Chinese Cuisine / Restaurants

713 College St 647.836.3699
Northern Chinese Cuisine

Northern Chinese Cuisine in Little Italy serves up authentic northern Chinese cuisine. It's a simple and humble restaurant easily labeled as a local go-to but there's no reason this can't...

Octopus Garden / Fitness Clubs

967 College St. 416.515.8885 Website
Octopus Garden

Octopus Garden has a new multi-level space that accommodates two huge sunny studios and is home to Urban Herbvoire's 2nd location - perfectly convenient for a post-yoga juice break. ...

Opelle / Fashion Stores

1234 College St. Website

Opelle, a homegrown handbag line, strikes a balance between everyday style and luxurious materials. For the past five years, designer Amy Malcolm has been quietly producing the leather pieces out...

Orbit Room / Bars

580A College Street 416.535.0613 Website
Orbit Room

The Orbit Room is a live music venue upstairs from Bar Italia that features jazz, funk and R&B music every night of the week....

Outclass / Fashion Stores

1122 College St Website

Outclass is a high end menswear shop right next door to Tavoos at College and Dufferin. This is the flagship store of the wholesale brand that began in 2010. They...

Paintlounge / Design Stores

784 College St. 416.900.2644 Website

Paintlounge is unlike any other Toronto lounge. Instead of bar stools, there are easels. Instead of cocktail attire, there are smocks. And instead of splashing drinks, you're splashing paint. The...

Pancho's Bakery (College St.) / Baked Goods

658 College St. 416.854.8770 Website
Pancho's Bakery (College St.)

Pancho's Bakery is a Mexican bakery with three locations in Toronto including this one in the heart of Little Italy. Go here for churros, Mexican bread and other baked treats....

Paper Books / Bookstores

894 College Street 416.534.5173 Website
Paper Books

Paper Books is a self-proclaimed "nostalgia machine" selling books to both private and institutional collectors. The company is passionate about cataloguing, circulating and collecting books in an accurate and efficient...

Pasqualino Menswear / Fashion Stores

34 Clinton Street 416.533.3923
Pasqualino Menswear

More details coming soon....

Pedalinx / Services

531 College Street 647.348.2453 Website

Pedalinx is a Little Italy bike shop that sells bikes of all types, bike parts and cycling apparel. It also has a staff of skilled cycle experts that can do...

PG Cluck's / Restaurants

610 College St Website
PG Cluck's

PG Cluck's is an itty-bitty fried chicken shack in the family of businesses that populate the building in which Royal Cinema is housed. It's smack dab between the theatre and...

Phoenix Restaurant (College St.) / Restaurants

1151 College St. 416.538.6891 Website
Phoenix Restaurant (College St.)

Pheonix Restaurant on College opened for business in 1999 and specializes in Vietnamese cuisine using fresh ingredients. They offer a traditional menu including appetizers, vegetarian side orders, hot pots, family...

Pink Twig / Design Stores

711 College Street 416.537.7465 Website
Pink Twig

Pink Twig is fairly new to Little Italy. Open less than two years but consistently rated one of Toronto's best flower shops. The cheery playfulness of Tanya List and Amy...

Pisco 1641 / Restaurants

614 College Street 647.352.1641 Website
Pisco 1641

Pisco 1641 is a Little Italy restaurant specializing in Peruvian eats. You'll find the menu stacked with fare like ceviche, empanadas and pan con asado. ...

Point Bar / Bars

488 College Street 647.748.4004 Website
Point Bar

Point Bar is a sports bar in Little Italy that took over the old Snakes and Lagers spot. It serves French fare and beer and has plenty of big screens,...

Pour Boy (College) / Restaurants

583 College Street 647.350.7687 Website
Pour Boy (College)

Pour Boy on College serves up classic pub food.. The menu is stacked with nachos, pad thai, burgers, brunch items and more. If you go later in the night, you...

Pray Tell / Bars

838 College St. Website
Pray Tell

Pray Tell is a snack bar at College and Ossington that aspires to become as indispensable a part of its neighbourhood as has its sister spot, the much-vaunted Track &...

Print Vintage / Fashion Stores

834 College St. 416.389.6128 Website
Print Vintage

Print Vintage might be one of College and Ossington's best-kept secrets. Though Shelley Pulak's tiny vintage store has been located in the same spot for nearly 13 years, she says...

Proudest Pony / Fashion Stores

1246 College St. 647.351.4047 Website
Proudest Pony

The Proudest Pony is just a few months old, but it is already making its mark (or should I say, 'hoof print'?) on this quiet stretch of College. Just east...

QSQ Giclee Boutique / Galleries

845 College Street 647.347.6253 Website
QSQ Giclee Boutique

QSQ Giclee Boutique is a unique printing shop in which customers have direct access to production staff and printers. The giclee technique entails generating images from high-resolution digital scans, and...

Queen Street Qreative / Galleries

845 College Street West 647.436.3122 Website
Queen Street Qreative

Nestled in between two of downtown Toronto's most popular photography shops on Queen Street East, friends of mine recently opened a new gallery space that doubles as a specialty print...

Quixotic Sounds / Services

938 College St. 647.345.9195 Website
Quixotic Sounds

Quixotic Sounds, located a staircase below Via Norte on the corner of College and Dovercourt, is a record store bringing obscure international vinyl to Toronto. Since opening its doors in...

Ramen Isshin / Restaurants

421 College St. 416.367.4013 Website
Ramen Isshin

Ramen Isshin is a new venture from Koji Zenimaru of Cabbegetown's Kingyo Izakaya. I've been twice since they opened thanks to two factors: sheer proximity to my house and the...

rapp optical / Fashion Stores

788 College Street 416.537.6590
rapp optical

Rapp Optical has the unique distinction of carrying its own Canadian-made line in its flagship College Street store. It's a combination of Rapp's personal and patriotic philosophy, at prices ranging...

RaviSoups (College) / Restaurants

492 College Street 416.923.7284 Website
RaviSoups (College)

RaviSoups is arguably the city's best soup shop, boasting several locations scattered around Toronto. Its menu isn't lengthy, but all of its offerings have had their praises sung by locals....

Red Pegasus / Design Stores

628 College Street 416.536.3872 Website
Red Pegasus

Not just a pegasus, a red pegasus. Any old winged horse doesn't move product, we need one with fire in its belly. Owned and operated by Rachel Chester,...

Regina Pizzeria & Trattoria / Restaurants

782 College Street 416.535.2273 Website
Regina Pizzeria & Trattoria

Rocco and Anna make Regina's the neighborhood place to be in the heart of Little Italy. Dine in or have them deliver their homemade pizzas, pastas, or tasty sandwiches....

Revival / Bars

783 College Street 416.535.7888 Website

Best know as a live music venue, Revival also houses a downstairs lounge and an italian and seafood inspired dinner menu. ...

Riviera Bakery / Cafes

576 College Street 416.537.9352
Riviera Bakery

Riviera Bakery is a bustling bakery-cafe in Little Italy that serves as somewhat of a meeting place for local neighbourhood gossip. ...

Rosen's Cinnamon Buns / Baked Goods

825 College St 647.282.2338 Website
Rosen's Cinnamon Buns

Rosen's Cinnamon Buns has a simple mission: to perfect the humble cinnamon bun. That's pretty darn near all they serve here, along with Ezra's Pound coffee and Honest Leaf tea...

Rudy / Restaurants

619 College St 647.748.7839 Website

Rudy is a simplistic burger place in Little Italy, great for a stop on a stroll, work day lunch, or bite before or after taking in a flick at the...

Ryoji Ramen and Izakaya / Restaurants

690 College Street 416.533.8083 Website
Ryoji Ramen and Izakaya

Ryoji Ramen & Izakaya recently opened its doors in Little Italy, and we wandered in seeking some warmth. Would inviting service and comfortable surroundings warm our hearts? Would our tongues...

Sam James Coffee Bar / Cafes

297 Harbord St 647.341.2572 Website
Sam James Coffee Bar

Sam James does some amazing things with coffee... like making it taste like blueberry. He also makes cappuccinos with heart designs on top, so whatever additional coffee knowledge or skill...

San Francesco Foods / Restaurants

10 Clinton Street 416.534.7867 Website
San Francesco Foods

San Francesco Foods has been a part of the Toronto landscape for going on almost 60 years now. A family-owned Italian takeaway renowned in particular for its veal sandwich, competition...

Sashimi Island / Restaurants

635 College St. 416.535.1888
Sashimi Island

Sashimi Island has reopened under new management as the latest AYCE sushi joint on College. Although no rival to the Annex, this strip of Little Italy has slowly become...

Sellers & Newel / Bookstores

672 College St 647.778.6345 Website
Sellers & Newel

Sellers & Newel is a rare new entry into the retail book market in Toronto. Stocked with a wide variety of books, ranging from rare collector's items to $3 paperbacks,...

Sheba Ethiopian / Restaurants

418 College Street 416.963.5527 Website
Sheba Ethiopian

Sheba Ethiopian has the same stark aesthetic shared by almost all Ethiopian restaurants in this city. Uninspiring décor seems to be par for the course. Thankfully the robust flavours and...

Sheherzade / Restaurants

422 College St. 416.929.9222 Website

Sheherzade is the sister restaurant to Pomegranate. Like its older sibling, Sheherzade specializes in Persian food but the focus here is less homestyle and more the traditional food eaten at...

Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe / Restaurants

712 College Street 416.531.7755
Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe

Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe in Little Italy has been serving up some of Toronto's best gelato for 50 years. They also have sandwiches, desserts and Italian coffee. ...

Sidecar / Restaurants

577 College St. 416.536.7000

Sidecar is the newest addition to the Little Italy strip, having just opened in the spot formerly occupied by that weird Versace bar. Inside, the place looks like the...

Small Goods Kids / Fashion Stores

392 College St Website
Small Goods Kids

Small Goods Kids is a hip and tiny kids and baby store on College near Bathurst in Little Italy. They have really cute toys and apparel, like wooden blocks and...

Smiling Buddha / Bars

961 College Street 416.788.7586 Website
Smiling Buddha

Smiling Buddha has long been known as an on-and-off hub for emerging Toronto indie rock bands as well as a prototypical dive bar that resisted gentrification. But as of this...

Smoke's Poutinerie (Little Italy) / Restaurants

772 College St. 416.530.2873 Website
Smoke's Poutinerie (Little Italy)

Smoke's Poutinerie in Little Italy offers a veritable smorgasbord of options, from your classic greasy poutine to a variety of vegetarian options. Ideal for drunkenness, exam time, and the French....

Snakes and Lattes (College St.) / Cafes

489 College St. 647.342.9229 Website
Snakes and Lattes (College St.)

Snakes & Lattes has taken over the sprawling sub-level address that formerly housed the Andy Poolhall. It's a massive expansion for the board game cafe that still operates the original...

Sneaky Dee's / Bars

431 College Street 416.603.3090 Website
Sneaky Dee's

Sneaky Dee's is the quintessential punk dive bar, a longtime institution of Toronto's downtown core that caters to the young and cash-strapped. Though originally established up on Bloor Street, Sneaky...

Soi Thai / Restaurants

651 College St. Website
Soi Thai

Soi Thai Street Food is a Thai restaurant that doesn't serve pad thai... or even curry for that matter. Owner Nopphawan Lertchaiprasert Papa (or just Sherry) is a Toronto transplant...

Sotto Voce / Restaurants

595 College Street 416.536.4564
Sotto Voce

Review coming soon. ...

Soundscapes / Services

572 College St. 416.537.1620 Website

Soundscapes, nestled in Little Italy between College Street Bar and a BMO at College and Manning, is a shop many consider a neighbourhood fixture. Having recently celebrated its 15th anniversary...

Southside Louie's / Restaurants

583 College St. 416.532.1250 Website
Southside Louie's

Southside Louie's is a pub and pizza parlour that has been in Little Italy for more than a decade. Ribs, chicken wings, nachos, burgers, pasta, calzone and pizza are all...

Souvenir Studios / Design Stores

1232 College Street West Website
Souvenir Studios

Souvenir Studios in Brockton Village provides a unique, creative energy to the neighbourhood. The versatile shopfront is a retail store, studio, event space and also offers workshops ranging from mom...

Sphinx Pilates + ELDOA / Fitness Clubs

880 College Street 416.931.4549 Website
Sphinx Pilates + ELDOA

Sphinx Pilates + ELDOA is a Little Italy studio specializing in core strength training and spinal decompression. It offers four-person group pilates classes, private sessions and ELDOA classes. Photo via...

Stamen & Pistil Botanicals / Design Stores

1234 College St 647.351.9099 Website
Stamen & Pistil Botanicals

Stamen & Pistil Botanicals is a cute boho garden shop with cool Western-style signage painted onto the front windows. With welcoming chairs set outside in the summer, they sell eccentric...

Sunshine Natural Foods / Grocery Stores

942 College Street 416.533.9582
Sunshine Natural Foods

New to College and Dovercourt as of 2007, Sunshine Natural Foods is the sort of place that makes you want to move into the neighbourhood, just so that it'll be...

Sushi Bon / Restaurants

695 College Street 416.516.8688
Sushi Bon

It was a dark and very, very stormy night. The Mister and I had just graciously left a bargain book store we had thoughtlessly run into to dry off -- okay,...

Sushi D / Restaurants

671 College Street 416.536.8328
Sushi D

Review coming soon. ...

Takht-e Tavoos / Restaurants

1120 College St. 647.352.7322
Takht-e Tavoos

Takht-e Tavoos unveiled their vibrant menu this April, on a quiet stretch of College West near Dufferin Grove relatively slim on eating selection. But with Bar Isabel and The Caledonian...

TAT Burger / Restaurants

1118 College Street 647.346.1000
TAT Burger

TAT Burger is a brand new dinner/take-out spot on College, just west of Dufferin. This small diner offers the classic greasy-spoon options at some very reasonably prices. We showed up to...

Taverniti / Restaurants

591 College St. 416.537.0078 Website

Taverniti is a small, quaint restaurant that's set up shop in the heart of Little Italy at the familiar location once occupied by the now defunct John's Classic Pizza. Sandwiched...

Ted's Collision / Bars

573 College Street 416.533.2430
Ted's Collision

If you find yourself on College Street in the wee hours and martini bars aren't your thing, head to Ted's Collision. An old pool table, front and back patios...

The Big Chill / Restaurants

367 Manning Avenue 416.960.2455
The Big Chill

The Big Chill, tucked away around the north-east corner of College & Manning, is hardly tough to spot. Much in the spirit of local ice cream parlour legend, Dutch...

The Brockton Haunt / Cafes

1150 College St 416.893.4578 Website
The Brockton Haunt

The Brockton Haunt is a new café on College just west of Dufferin, but it feels much more like a friend's kitchen than a café. It's bright and airy, with...

The Caledonian / Restaurants

856 College St. 647.547.9827 Website
The Caledonian

The Caledonian is what all Scottish pubs ought to be; charming, warm and true to its heritage. Full blooded Scottish owners, Donna and David Wolff offer a warm hospitality that...

The Candy Bar / Grocery Stores

849 College St 416.532.0123 Website
The Candy Bar

The Candy Bar opened at the start of April on College Street, just west of Ossington — an area with plenty of bars and restaurants, but not nearly enough confectionery...

The Captain's Boil (College) / Restaurants

671 College St 416.538.8868 Website
The Captain's Boil (College)

The Captain's Boil is an incarnation of the interactive boil restaurant with other locations in town. Expect bibs and plastic bags full of seafood here, though chicken and sausage are...

The Common / Cafes

1071 College Street 416.546.7789
The Common

The Common, a beloved little cafe just east of Dufferin on College, is terrific evidence of an evolving neighbourhood; one that has changed a lot in recent years but still...

The Den / Restaurants

423 College St. 647.309.0812 Website
The Den

The Den occupies a massive space on College at Bathurst that in recent years has seen some particularly high turnover. Most recently the address was home to Ricky Ricardo's, before...

The Depanneur / Restaurants

1033a College St. 416.828.1990 Website
The Depanneur

The Depanneur is easily one of Toronto's most intriguing eateries. It's not so much a restaurant but a blank canvas owned by Len Senator and programmed much like a nightclub...

The Fish Store / Restaurants

657 College Street 416.533.2822 Website
The Fish Store

If there's a perfect sandwich in Toronto, it just might be found at The Fish Store. Tucked away behind a pale blue facade just west of Grace on College Street,...

The Monocle Shop (Toronto) / Design Stores

776 College Street 647.694.2626 Website
The Monocle Shop (Toronto)

Monocle began as a magazine, and later morphed into a global media brand. But to the unbriefed and average College Street passerby, Monocle is just a new eclectic little boutique...

The Pomegranate / Restaurants

420 College St 416.921.7557 Website
The Pomegranate

"The Pomegranate! You have to go" my friend assailed me a few months ago while we were discussing the spoils of Little Italy. I went there last night...

The Roxton / Restaurants

379 Harbord 416.535.8181
The Roxton

I think I love the Roxton. It's not the kind of adoring love where I send them roses, write little love letters and make up poems that don't make any...

The Shop / Design Stores

1139 College St. Website
The Shop

The Shop is a community-based maker space located in Brockton Village. The creative facility, based on the ground floor of a converted loft building at 1139 College St., presents a...

The Shop Tattoo Co. / Services

360 College Street 647.352.6824 Website
The Shop Tattoo Co.

The Shop Tattoo Co. is a Little Italy tattoo parlour near Brunswick and College. The artists here do custom tattoos in a range of styles, from pointillism to realism....

The Standard Pizza and Pasta / Restaurants

667 College Street 416.588.8170 Website
The Standard Pizza and Pasta

The Standard Pizza and Pasta Bar is a popular gathering spot in Little Italy to watch big soccer matches. The food? Standard (if a bit greasy) Italian staples like pizza,...

The Tiffin Box (College St) / Restaurants

678 College St Website
The Tiffin Box (College St)

The Tiffin Box is a take-out joint located in the Little Italy. This is the second location of the restaurant and similar to its Annex location it serves a variety...

The Walton / Cafes

607 College St. 647.352.5520 Website
The Walton

The Walton is a charming cafe and cocktail bar across from the Royal Cinema in Little Italy. Formerly the worn and dingy martini bar Wild Indigo, it's been transformed into...

Toby's Famous Eatery / Restaurants

411 College St. 416.868.6297 Website
Toby's Famous Eatery

Toby's Famous Eatery on College serves up pub fare and 24 beers on tap....

Tokyo Smoke Green / Cafes

874 College St Website
Tokyo Smoke Green

Tokyo Smoke Green serves up hot and cold coffee, loose leaf tea, iced tea and hot chocolate. This is the cafe's second location. The original is a short walking distance...

TOT The Cat Cafe / Cafes

298 College St. 647.748.2287 Website
TOT The Cat Cafe

TOT the Cat Cafe, located at College and Spadina, has won the race to become the city's first (highly anticipated) cat cafe. My friend and I are apparently so excited...

Track & Field Bar / Bars

860 College St. Website
Track & Field Bar

Track & Field Bar is Toronto's first ever lawn games bar, the creation of Montauk owner Dustin Keating, Montauk ex-manager Joshua Leblanc, and publicist Nickie Minshall. The bar caused a...

Trattoria Giancarlo / Restaurants

41 Clinton Street 416.533.9619 Website
Trattoria Giancarlo

Trattoria Giancarlo is a favourite destination for Italian food in Little Italy. The restaurant has recently expanded with a new, contemporary look and stunning College St. entrance. ...

Underground Kitchen / Restaurants

414 College St 416.939.5006 Website
Underground Kitchen

Underground Kitchen is an Indian restaurant that can be found inside the Crown and Tiger bar in Little Italy. Pakoras, tandoori kebabs, curries and paneer are all on the menu....

Urban Herbivore (College St.) / Restaurants

967 College Street 416.645.0349 Website
Urban Herbivore (College St.)

Urban Herbivore has opened a second location in Toronto - this one inside the Octopus Garden near College and Dovercourt. The menu is essentially the same as their original Kensington...

Urban Thai / Restaurants

638 College Street 416.535.8424 Website
Urban Thai

Drowning in a sea of ol' arrabiata, the College Street strip is made the better for housing the still saucy, spicy, but unmistakably un-Italian Urban Thai. Penny-pinchers and big spenders...

Utopia Cafe / Restaurants

586 College Street 416.534.7751 Website
Utopia Cafe

My perfect summer-time afternoon goes something like this: 1. A table at Utopia's cozy back patio. 2. A pitcher of sangria. 3. Giant burritos that satisfy all my friends - carnivore and herbivore...

Via Norte / Restaurants

938 College St., Toronto 647.348.1116 Website
Via Norte

Via Norte is where to go in Little Italy if you're craving Portuguese. The menu offers traditional Portuguese fare with a contemporary twist. You'll find this restaurant filled with locals...

Village Juicery / Restaurants

540 College St. 647.344.0540 Website
Village Juicery

Village Juicery is the latest spot to cater to juice-thirsty Torontonians. Open in a sliver of a former medical centre just off College on Euclid, the shop is riding a...

Vivoli / Restaurants

665 College Street 416.536.7575 Website

Vivioli is located near the corner of Grace and College in Little Italy. On the menu is pizza, pasta and other Italian fare. They also have a rooftop (pictured) which...

Voodoo Child / Cafes

388 College St. 416.908.2756 Website
Voodoo Child

Voodoo Child was created, says co-owner Scotty Daté, to offer "superior quality." Recently opened, and announced street-side by a sandwich board, the barebones wood interior is immediately eye-catching. "We're doing...

Wedding Cake Shoppe / Baked Goods

859 College Street 416.916.2253 Website
Wedding Cake Shoppe

On our way to the Wedding Cake Shoppe, Melissa muses, "imagine one of us was going to pick out our wedding cake right now?" The thought is more jarring to...

Woodlot / Restaurants

293 Palmerston Ave 647.342.6307 Website

Woodlot is a charming Canadian-inspired restaurant and bakery on Palmerston on the eastern edge of Little Italy that's gotten quite a bit of buzz since it opened in 2010. The...

Wrapido / Restaurants

76 Lippincott St 647.227.7717

Wrapido is, obviously, all about wraps, offering roti as its specialty. Individual wraps are in the $5-$6 range, with salads, drinks, and other sides available for combos. Indoor seating is...

YamChops / Grocery Stores

705 College St. 416.645.0117 Website

YamChops, at College and Montrose, is the latest player in Toronto's vegetarian game. The family business opened its doors Monday, and brands itself as Toronto's first "vegetarian butcher shop." While...

YMCA West End / Fitness Clubs

931 College St 416.536.9622 Website
YMCA West End

The YMCA in the West End is a community-focused, multicultural facility for fitness and play. They have a wide range of recreational drop-in programs like volleyball, family sports, soccer, and...

Ziggy's at Home / Design Stores

794 College Street 416.535.8728 Website
Ziggy's at Home

Ziggy's at Home on College Street in Little Italy sells a range of contemporary furniture, flooring, lighting, bath and design accessories. ...

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