Our guide to the best of Dundas West! July 06 2017

 

 

It's the one-year anniversary of our move to the Dundas West neighbourhood! Our new Toronto neighbourhood has captured our hearts and it is home to amazing coffee shops, restaurants, clothing stores and more. 

Considered a part of 'Little Portugal', our west end neighbourhood is an eclectic mix of old-world and new, resulting in a unique community of independent businesses. Province Apothecary founder Julie has lived in Little Portugal since 2010, and a lot has changed in that time. It's been so exciting to see this area grow while still maintaining a connection to it's original residents! 




We wanted to share some of our favourite places on Dundas West as a guide for exploring the neighbourhood.  This is just the short-list, we couldn't include everyone but we encourage you to discover everything Little Portugal has to offer!

Thank you to all our neighbours for making this past year amazing!

 

Coffee Shops 

Run & Gun

This shop is right across the street from us! They serve de Mello Palheta coffee as well as offering a selection of indoor plants, surrounded by instagram-worthy interior design.

Cygnet 

This elegant coffee shop has replaced a letterpress shop on Dundas West! If you are looking for a great cup of coffee made from Hale Coffee Company beans, stop by this laid-back gem.

Tucana

Walk into this colourful and cool coffee bar for a cup of Pilot coffee. Check it out if you love delicious direct-trade coffee roasted in Toronto. We suggest the coconut iced latte!

 

Food + Drinks

The Federal

If you are looking for the best Brunch, this is the place! They also satisfy your snack and dinner needs with everything from burgers to oysters, plus amazing cocktails. 

OMG Bakery

 If you are looking for a sweet treat try OMG Bakery. They offer gluten free and vegan options so everyone can enjoy the sweeter side of life!

Wallflower 

Whether it's a cozy winter night or patio-season summer day, Wallflower is the best place to grab a drink and catch up with friends. It's vintage interiors and relaxed atmosphere make it a local haunt.  

Le Baratin 

Delicious french food that feels like it's being served at a friend's dinner party. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, every meal here is guaranteed to be delicious. 

Good Rebel 

They are home to the city's largest variety of vegan meats, cheeses, fish, and dairy. They also offer grab-and-go vegan sandwich options that change daily!

Royale's Luncheonette

A real neighbourhood gem, owner + chef Mark Dufort welcomes you into his eatery and makes you feel at home with delicious sandwiches and salads, all while listening to the best vinyl albums.  

The Loveless Cafe

The best patio for enjoying the sun while watching the neighbourhood go by, this cozy cafe & bar serves coffee and sandwiches in the morning and local beer and delicious cocktails at night. 

The Goods

Fresh, healthy veggie boxes made daily that are not only great for your health but taste amazing also. For a quick pick-me-up, grab one of their delicious smoothies!

Clothing

V S P

The best place for the best deals on beautiful designer consignment clothing. Contemporary, vintage and classic hand-curated designer pieces makes this fashion-mecca a real treasure trove.

Penny Arcade 

Whether you're shopping for men's or women's clothing, you'll want everything out from this perfectly curated collection of classic vintage clothes and accessories. More than just clothing, you can also shop local designers, housewares and in-house brand Ghost Botanicals soaps, candles and more. 

Easy Tiger Goods

A general store that features for well-made and designed products for all your lifestyle needs. Stop by to see wide selection of unique goods and enjoy the relaxed shopping experience. 

Ease

The new fashion-focused store by Easy Tiger Goods stocks the coolest clothing + accessories for women. And the colourful and immaculately designed interior alone is worth the visit! 

Stole my Heart

A unique lingerie store started by two lovely ladies who have a love for beautiful lingerie and a passion to spread body positivity. They sell brands that have been “made by women for women with a very diverse range of styles to satisfy everyone’s definition of their feminine selves.”

Chosen Vintage

If your style is more on the retro side, this curated vintage boutique is your haven for jeans, tees and everything glam. 

 

Other Favourites

Tavares Rugs

For your home furnishing needs look no further then our friends at Tavares Rugs. They offer colourful vintage carpets from North Africa & Asia.

Stamen & Pistil Botanicals 

To transform your space into a green oasis, stop by this beautiful shop for a variety of indoor plants to bring more green into your life.

Lebel & Crowe

This is a women-owned and operated boutique hair salon! Their laid-back vibe makes it feel like you're chilling in a friend's living room, while getting a fantastic hair makeover.

 Sole Survivor 

Not only is this the best place to get all your leather good fixed in the west end, but it's also an entirely female owned + operated business. Bring in your favourite pair of shoes for a makeover and shop their selection of leather goods.  

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