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Amid auto repair shops and fading karaoke lounges, an influx of bars, restaurants and boutiques has transformed the stretch of South Ossington between Queen and Dundas into Toronto's latest and greatest destination for drinking and dining. Cozy up to locals at Sweaty Betty's, Dakota Tavern or the Crooked Star. Try to get a table at Foxley or Delux or join the weekend revelers at LeVack Block, Reposado or The Ossington. When all else fails there's always the city's best pho (and cheap Tsing Tao) at Golden Turtle.

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Academy of Lions / Fitness Clubs

64 Ossington Avenue 416.538.4967 Website
Academy of Lions

Academy of Lions is one of a few options for west ender's looking for a CrossFit-affiliated work out space. Newly settled into its third location near Ossington and Dundas, the...

Alex Rei dos Leitoes / Restaurants

219 Ossington Avenue 416.537.3175
Alex Rei dos Leitoes

With 38 years in the same location, Alex Rei dos Leitoes has watched its fair share of gentrifying upstarts come and go, and has fed them all. The chicken is...

Amaya Express (Ossington) / Restaurants

108 Ossington Avenue 416.322.0020 Website
Amaya Express (Ossington)

Amaya Express is continuing its domination of Toronto with something Lower Ossington sorely lacked - a place to grab tasty Indian eats. Food here is best grabbed to go but...

Angell Gallery / Galleries

12 Ossington Ave 416.530.0444 Website
Angell Gallery

Angell Gallery was one of the first to set up shop on the now art-centric West Queen West corridor. But having occupied its 750 sq. ft. space just southwest...

Annie Aime / Fashion Stores

42 Ossington Ave 416.840.5227 Website
Annie Aime

Annie Aime is the latest concept shop to set up camp on the stretch of Ossington which has seen an incredible influx of new storess, restaurants and even gourmet butchers...

Baby Huey / Bars

72 Ossington Ave 416.992.5462
Baby Huey

Baby Huey is THE ultimate underground hipster hangout. I try to stay away from using the word "hipster" as a general rule, but I just can't get around it in...

Ballet / Bars

227A Ossington Avenue 647.352.8253 Website

Ballet is an event venue/lounge/nightclub on Ossington located in the space where Jezebel used to be. Like Jezebel, Ballet features burlesque and other types of performance while encouraging patrons to...

Bang Bang Ice Cream and Bakery / Baked Goods

93 Ossington Ave.
Bang Bang Ice Cream and Bakery

Bang Bang Ice Cream and Bakery is an offshoot of the notoriously fabulous Bakerbots bakery. The new digs don't have the cute touches of Bakerbots, but the vaulted ceiling, white...

Bazara Asian Cuisine / Restaurants

188 Ossington Ave. 647.748.8226 Website
Bazara Asian Cuisine

Bazara Asian Cuisine offers a prix fixe lunch menu with choices of items like hot and sour soup, spring rolls, pad thai and sushi, with similar, though more varied, offerings...

Bellwoods Brewery / Restaurants

124 Ossington Ave. 416.535.4586 Website
Bellwoods Brewery

Bellwoods Brewery is one of three new restaurants to open on Ossington in the last month, along with The Saint and Hawker Bar. Still in its first month, the brewpub,...

Boehmer / Restaurants

93 Ossington Avenue 416.531.3800 Website

Boehmer is the first restaurant by Toronto chef Paul Boehmer (ex. Ultra Supper Club, Spoke Club) and finally he has a place he can let his cooking do the talking....

Borealia / Restaurants

59 Ossington Ave. 647.351.5100 Website

Borealia on Ossington is a novel 45-seat restaurant devoted to revitalizing and modernizing the historic cuisines of native, early settlers and subsequent waves of immigrants to Canada. Newly opened by proprietors...

BQM Ossington / Restaurants

210 Ossington Avenue 416.850.1919 Website
BQM Ossington

BQM Burger on Ossington is the local spot for gourmet burgers, poutine and onion rings. They also have chicken pot pie and hot chicken sandwiches....

Buffer Nails & Waxing / Fashion Stores

123 Ossington Avenue 416.530.1900 Website
Buffer Nails & Waxing

Buffer Nails & Waxing on Ossington offers all the basic nail and wax services. They do polish changes, manis, pedis, shellac, and other fancy stuff. Their waxing is reasonably priced...

Burger Shoppe Quality Meats / Restaurants

210 Ossington Avenue 416.850.1919 Website
Burger Shoppe Quality Meats

An offshoot of the Burger Shoppe in Riverside, Burger Shoppe Quality Meats is a larger sit down affair on Ossington just south of Dundas. On the menu are all the...

Cote de Boeuf / Grocery Stores

130 Ossington Ave. 416.532.2333 Website
Cote de Boeuf

Cote de Bœuf is a butcher shop and food store opened by the owners of Union, brothers Chasen Gillies and Teo Paul. The shop is just up the street...

Crafted by Te Aro / Cafes

135 Ossington Avenue 416.465.2006 Website
Crafted by Te Aro

Crafted By Te Aro is the latest addition to ever growing Lower Ossington. An outpost, if you will, of the popular original Leslieville location, Crafted brings westward a fancy...

Crooked Star / Bars

202 Ossington Avenue 416.536.7271
Crooked Star

The Crooked Star doesn't post its name on the door, opting instead for a small red star. I'm known for my directional deficiencies, which always makes finding this cozy little...

Crywolf / Fashion Stores

91 Ossington Ave 647.729.7078 Website

Crywolf is a boutique on Ossington with a down-to-earth vibe and a fun spirit. Owners Rose Chang and Stephanie Drabik operate as a total team effort, sharing the responsibilities for...

Dakota Tavern / Bars

249 Ossington Avenue 416.850.4579 Website
Dakota Tavern

The Dakota Tavern is a subterranean throwback to the dusty saloons depicted in classic American westerns. The walls are littered with guns, mounted horns, boomerangs, band posters, and snowy Canadian...

Don't Tell Mama Gallery / Galleries

108 Ossington Ave 416.516.3668 Website
Don't Tell Mama Gallery

Don't Tell Mama Gallery is a new addition on Ossington, having had its soft opening in December and its first exhibition is January 2012. Located in a second floor space...

Emporium by I Miss You / Fashion Stores

63 Ossington Ave 416.916.7021 Website
Emporium by I Miss You

Emporium by I Miss You has nothing of the dust-collecting chachkies vaguely suggested by the words vintage and emporium. Nor does it have the Value Village-salvaged trinkets suddenly turned...

Fishbar / Restaurants

217 Ossington Ave. 647.340.0227 Website

Fishbar has recently surfaced on bustling Lower Ossington near the corner of Dundas. William Tavares and partner Albino Silva of Salt Wine Bar have created a broad menu of tapas...

Foxley / Restaurants

207 Ossington Avenue 416.534.8520

Foxley Bistro is new, yet it still has a past. The menu is fresh, but not without its own unique history. Foodies all over Toronto are excited about it, but...

G Gallery / Galleries

134 Ossington Street 647.340.3998 Website
G Gallery

G Gallery (from the University of Guelph) isn't the average art school gallery. First of all, it adheres to only one restriction: "No current student work." Visitors to the space,...

Golden Turtle / Restaurants

125 Ossington Ave 416.531.1601
Golden Turtle

I live near a stretch on Ossington (between Queen and Dundas) overflowing with vietnamese eateries. I'm a regular customer of one of them, a place called Golden Turtle (otherwise known...

Hawker Bar / Restaurants

164 Ossington Avenue 647.343.4698 Website
Hawker Bar

Hawker Bar is the latest manifestation of the street food that's hit Toronto — Singaporean street food to be exact. Located on Lower Ossington, Hawker joins the Saint as a...

Hero Heroine / Fashion Stores

216 Ossington Ave. 416.532.4376 Website
Hero Heroine

Hero Heroine, in some ways, is exactly what you'd expect a high-end salon to look like: An ultra-modern, all-white space, with everything new and gleaming. But the mood in the...

I Deal Coffee (Ossington) / Cafes

162 Ossington Avenue 416.534.7700 Website
I Deal Coffee (Ossington)

I Deal Coffee on Ossington is the second location of the popular coffee house. With the original still thriving in Kensington Market, this Ossington outpost also has an under-designed feel...

I Miss You / Fashion Stores

63 Ossington Avenue 416.916.7021 Website
I Miss You

I Miss You is one of those stores that I tend to avoid for fear of dropping mad cash, as the sheer girth of the wad I'm usually tempted to...

Imperial Tattoo / Services

9 Ossington Avenue 416.531.6666 Website
Imperial Tattoo

Imperial Tattoo is found in an unassuming black building directly across from CAMH on Queen, just a smidgen north on Ossington. Like most of the city's top custom tattoo joints,...

Interaccess / Galleries

9 Ossington Ave 416.532.0597 Website

InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre is a gallery and production space dedicated to expanding the cultural space of technology. For 30 years, the organization has played a critical role in...

Jonathan + Olivia / Fashion Stores

49 Ossington Ave 416.849.5956 Website
Jonathan + Olivia

Jonathan + Olivia is an Ossington staple. Having been open for six years in Toronto after a successful debut in Vancouver, the boutique has established itself as a go-to for...

La Porte / Bars

214 Ossington Ave 416.688.2481 Website
La Porte

La Porte is a new bar at Dundas and Ossington. Just a few months old, it's already known for hosting themed nights, impressive DJs and drinks specials. I visited La Porte...

Lost & Found (Ossington) / Fashion Stores

44 Ossington Ave. 647.348.2810 Website
Lost & Found (Ossington)

Lost & Found on Ossington is version 2.0 of their now-closed boutique on Dundas West. The menswear/coffee shop hybrid is just as down-to-earth as before - white walls, exposed brick,...

LoversLand / Fashion Stores

215 Ossington Ave. 416,551.3321 Website

LoversLand is a new shop catering to offbeat brides (and the people that love them, plus all their friends). Open just a few weeks on Ossington, the romantic, relaxed store...

Lush & Lavish / Fashion Stores

200 Ossington Ave 647.343.6001 Website
Lush & Lavish

Lush & Lavish, the only certified Eminence Green Spa in Toronto, opened a year ago on now-hot Lower Ossington. Co-owner Linh Diep is a mini west-end retail maven, also the...

Mamakas / Restaurants

80 Ossington Ave. 416.519.5996 Website

Mamakas is an elegant 85-seat Greek taverna on Ossington. Drawing on his heritage for inspiration, owner Thanos Tripi describes for me his childhood spent in kitchens while his mother and...

O'Born Contemporary / Galleries

131 Ossington St. 416.413.9555 Website
O'Born Contemporary

O'Born Contemporary has all the poise and polish of a regular commercial art gallery, yet it's clear they're determined to do things a little differently. Exhibiting only contemporary works by...

Oddseoul / Restaurants

90 Ossington Avenue

Oddseoul, a new late-night eatery is now open on Ossington. Brothers and co-owners Leeto and Leemo Han are already known for their four-year old Korean restaurant, Swish by Han, but...

Painted Lady / Bars

218 Ossington Ave 647.213.5239 Website
Painted Lady

The Painted Lady has been my favourite bar on the Ossington strip this year, which all started when I ended up there on Easter Sunday only to hear a DJ...

Parlour / Fashion Stores

6 Ossington Avenue 647.345.6663 Website

Parlour has opened on Ossington becoming the second salon in as many years to call the strip south of Dundas home. I first discovered it a few weeks back when...

Philip Sparks / Fashion Stores

162 Ossington Ave 647.348.1827 Website
Philip Sparks

Philip Sparks has left the pop-up life behind to open a new, permanent shop on Ossington at Foxley. The Toronto designer has moved just up the street from his temporary...

Pho Tien Thanh / Restaurants

57 Ossington Ave. 416.588.6997
Pho Tien Thanh

The first thing I notice walking into Pho Tien Thanh on a Saturday evening is the crowd: every table is full. The second thing I observe is the hush. Pho...

Pizzeria Libretto / Restaurants

221 Ossington Avenue 416.532.8000 Website
Pizzeria Libretto

Pizzeria Libretto has been open less than a week and it's already getting more pixel buzz than the latest Britney meltdown, Pizzeria Libretto could possibly be the best pizza in...

PopUp 120 / Fashion Stores

120 Ossington 416.703.2916 Website
PopUp 120

PopUp 120, a new retail concept by wholesale distribution company Agency One, is the newest addition to Ossington's colourful roster of businesses. Though many of its surrounding boutiques are independently...

Reposado / Bars

136 Ossington Ave. 416.532.6474 Website

Reposado on Ossington has just what you'd expect - tequila. But this isn't your run-of-the-mill Mexican themed bar. You won't find any tacky sombreros or other Mexican paraphernalia on the...

Rescue Vintage / Fashion Stores

102 Ossington Avenue 416.533.0443 Website
Rescue Vintage

Rescue Vintage, if not for the chalkboard sign sitting loudly on the sidewalk, is easy to miss for the everyday Ossington passer-by. Though hidden by well-kept hedges, the storefront is...

Rock Lobster / Restaurants

110 Ossington Ave. 416.312.7662 Website
Rock Lobster

Rock Lobster Food Co. opened up their first proper restaurant on Ossington Ave. just over two weeks ago, and their opening night line-up was just a hint of things to...

Salt Wine Bar / Restaurants

225 Ossington Avenue 416.533.7258 Website
Salt Wine Bar

Salt Wine Bar on Lower Ossington has had a long struggle to get up and running but that's a story we've all heard many times. What matters is that now,...

Shoppe and Tailor / Fashion Stores

428 Ossington Ave. 647.350.3988 Website
Shoppe and Tailor

Shoppe and Tailor specializes in breathing new life into well-loved, worn-down pieces. That's true of owner Maegan McWade's tailoring business, which she runs out of the tiny basement studio, but...

Silver Falls / Fashion Stores

15 Ossington Avenue 416.588.3500 Website
Silver Falls

Silver Falls is the newest addition to high end vintage on Lower Ossington. The boutique/art gallery opened a few months ago beside Sweaty Betty's. Silver Falls offers a fine selection...

Soos / Restaurants

94 Ossington Ave. 416.901.7667 Website

Soos is the newest addition to Ossington's thriving restaurant scene, taking over the address from French restaurant parAMOUR. The new Malaysian eatery and bar is a family endeavour, owned and...

Studio Gang / Fashion Stores

112A Ossington Avenue 416.536.4264
Studio Gang

More details coming soon....

Stussy Toronto / Fashion Stores

1000 Queen Street West 416.537.9700 Website
Stussy Toronto

Stussy has moved from its inaugural Toronto home at Richmond and Spadina to an airy space at the foot of Ossington on Queen. It's a big move for the local...

Stylegarage (Ossington) / Design Stores

78 Ossington Avenue 416.534.4343 Website
Stylegarage (Ossington)

Stylegarage on Ossington is a big step up from their former location on Queen at Shaw. The new space took over the AWOL Gallery and the old elevator warehouse, and...

Sweaty Betty's / Bars

13 Ossington Ave 416.535.6861
Sweaty Betty's

Do not ride your bike over to Sweaty Betty's on a Friday or Saturday night. This place attracts fixie- and cruiser-riders like an indie rock concert, yet there are no...

Telegramme Prints (Ossington) / Galleries

194 Ossington Avenue 647.351.8998 Website
Telegramme Prints (Ossington)

Telegramme Prints, with their new, second location on Lower Ossington, is a one-stop shop for all things art, framing, posters and printing. Without a doubt, it's the premier store for...

Terra Cotta / Fashion Stores

12B Ossington Avenue 416.966.5208
Terra Cotta

Just north of Queen on Ossington, this easy to miss basement studio boutique is found through a gate and down an alleyway. Featuring women's clothing that can easily be altered...

The Lot / Bars

100A Ossington Avenue 416.915.6747 Website
The Lot

The Lot, Toronto's newest venue for stand-up comedy in the cabaret room of the Lower Ossington Theatre, opened its doors to a sell-out crowd on August 25th. Ryan Belleville, whose...

The Ossington / Bars

61 Ossington Avenue 416.850.0161
The Ossington

In the midst of my weekend shopping a couple months ago I ducked into The Ossington for some sustenance and shelter from the cold. The beautiful barista Danielle warmed me...

The Pedal Stop / Services

127 Ossington Ave 647.352.3240 Website
The Pedal Stop

The Pedal Stop is nestled at the northeast corner of Ossington and Argyle, just south of Little Portugal's gateway, west of Trinity Bellwoods. Plain and unassuming from the outside, the...

The Saint / Restaurants

227 Ossington Avenue 647.350.2104 Website
The Saint

The Saint Tavern finally opened earlier this month after long licensing battle saw the Ossington Avenue restaurant sit in limbo for roughly three years. Despite the wait, owners Peter Tsebelis...

The Well / Bars

121 Ossington Avenue Website
The Well

The Well landed itself a coveted spot on Lower Ossington this past spring, taking over from the short-lived pasta place just down from Golden Turtle. Billed as a cafe and...

Tiger of Sweden / Fashion Stores

56 Ossington Ave 416.588.4437 Website
Tiger of Sweden

Tiger of Sweden opened on Ossington last week as the latest addition to the influx of new luxe designer boutiques along what's quickly become one of the city's most covetable...

Town Barber / Fashion Stores

1114 Dundas St. West 416.399.3499 Website
Town Barber

Town Barber is one of the city's newest barber shops - and yet, it's already more storied than some of Toronto's most established shops. Shop owner Chris Hammell (his friends...

TwoBirds Bridesmaid / Fashion Stores

215 Ossington Avenue 647.352.2473 Website
TwoBirds Bridesmaid

TwoBirds Bridesmaid has locations in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the U.S., and has opened up a location in Toronto. The company is founded on the idea that bridesmaids dresses...

Union / Restaurants

72 Ossington Ave 416.850.0093

After a year of renovating, Union on Ossington has finally opened its doors. The chef behind the restaurant is a lad named Teo Paul, a Toronto native, who spent years...

Unleashed in the City / Services

45 Ossington Avenue 647.345.3306 Website
Unleashed in the City

Unleashed in the City is all about active, healthy pups, and promises lots of ball-chasing and pack running (along with the occasional couch snooze) during a day at its Ossington...

Venezia Bakery / Baked Goods

114 Ossington Avenue 416.537.2914
Venezia Bakery

Venezia Bakery at the corner of Ossington and Argyle specializes in Portuguese bread and baked treats. It's also a good spot to stop for a morning espresso. ...

Victoire Boutique / Fashion Stores

129 A Ossington Avenue 416.588.6978 Website
Victoire Boutique

Victoire Boutique is a brand-new face on lower Ossington. But ask any fashion fan from Ottawa, and it's likely a name they'll already know. Victoire's two original boutiques, both located in...

Vintage Mix 1 / Fashion Stores

186 Ossington Avenue 416.534.7767
Vintage Mix 1

I often walk by Vintage Mix 1 (as it's on the way to a friend's house), and it speaks highly of its wares that I always stop to stare in...

Williams Craig Design Studio / Design Stores

38 Ossington Avenue 416.516.2177 Website
Williams Craig Design Studio

Williams Craig Design Studio is making use of its new streetside digs by combining its corporate business with its own carefully curated design boutique. The firm spent more than 13 years...

YogaSpace / Fitness Clubs

148 Ossington Avenue 416.516.9940 Website

YogaSpace is a busy studio. They run back-to-back classes daily, filling the common areas with rotating and anxious yogis-in-waiting. I had barely enough time to pack up my mat and...

Youngplace Coffee Pub / Cafes

180 Shaw St. 416.836.9646 Website
Youngplace Coffee Pub

Youngplace Coffee Pub is brought to you by the same people behind the CSI Coffee Pub. Find it inside the Artscape Youngplace on Shaw....

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