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Discovering Bloor West Village, Part 1/7

Welcome to Bloor West Village.

Bloor West Village, another of TO's unique neighbourhoods, spans approximately from Glendowynne Rd to Jane St on our beloved Bloor. It's a predominantly Ukrainian neighbourhood that, despite the influx of a few chain shops and eateries, along with more baby strollers than you can count, offers up an eclectic and satisfying space to shop, eat, drink, and otherwise soak up our city's rich culture. Thus, this seven-part series.

The highlight of this area is perhaps its decadent bakeries and delis, sprinkled generously about the street. And when it comes to pastries, Sunglow Bakery & Delicatessen is truly a beacon of light. If their tastes are godly, then the temptation is devilish (just try to resist that mouthwatering smell, not to mention the window display).

While this is a friendly neighbourhood, don't expect much in the way of customer service - at Sunglow, or many of the other local establishments. You can, however, expect quality and consistency at this neighbourhood staple.

Tarts, cookies, cakes, bagels and breads abound here, along with a few meats, cheeses, and some prepared foods (the meat pies are surprisingly good). While I'd still have to rank Nova Era (a Toronto chain specializing in Portugese pastries) slightly higher on the sweet scale, Sunglow tempts me on a daily basis - and occasionally wins over my piety with a sinfully delicious baked custard tart.


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