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Toronto/Northwest

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Northwest Toronto is an area of Toronto.

Districts[edit]

  • The Annex - A food and shopping mecca, well known by Torontonians as one of the friendliest neighborhoods with older houses set amongst beautiful tree lined streets. The large number of University of Toronto students and faculty who live here gives this neighborhood a somewhat intellectual reputation, as reflected by the large number of second-hand bookstores in the area.
  • Chinatown - One of North America's largest Chinese districts (and one of six to be found in and around Toronto). Centered on Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street, and home to a large produce market, it is very popular on weekends - especially with Chinese-Canadians from surrounding areas seeking Chinese foods not usually available in regular grocery stores.
  • Clubland/Theater District - Home of entertainment and party people alike. Toronto's theatre industry is the second largest in North America, second only to Broadway in New York. Major productions with world-class production values can be found, as well as independent plays in rep-theaters.
  • Fashion District - Home to some of Toronto's more off-beat clothing stores and shops, but still fairly commercial and very popular with young adults seeking to look their best. Many excellent restaurants and small music venues dot this street, where a great up and coming live band might be seen on any given night.
  • Kensington Market - Bohemian and cosmopolitan area west of Spadina ave between Dundas and College, where cultures from all over the world mix. Home to food markets, bakeries, intriguing cafes, and a number of vintage clothing stores.
  • Koreatown - Located on Bloor Street West between Bathurst and Christie Streets (immediately west of The Annex, immediately north of Little Italy). The neighborhood is home to dozens of Korean (and Japanese-Korean) restaurants and bars, as well as Korean grocery, clothing and book stores.
  • Little Italy - An attractive neighborhood along College Street West featuring many small Italian and restaurants. There is also another Italian neighborhood called Corso Italia on St Clair Avenue west of Bathurst.
  • Little Jamaica - Caribbean restaurants and shops saturate the Eglinton West area from Oakwood to Keele Street.
  • Portugal Village - Colourful inner city area bounded by Bathurst Street, Dundas, and Queen Street West, and by Trinity Bellwoods Park. This is the heartland of Toronto's large Portuguese community and many local Portuguese-Canadian businesses are located along Dundas Street West, continuing west into Little Portugal. Locals refer to this area as Rua Açores.
  • West Queen West - This section of Queen Street, running from Bathurst St to Dufferin St, is known as one of Toronto's main art neighbourhoods with galleries filling both sides of the street as well as many of the side streets. West Queen West is also home to one of Toronto's most pleasant parks and the largest in the centre of the city, Trinity Bellwoods.

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See[edit][add listing]

  • CasaLoma in Toronto. The former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt.
  • George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art— Galleries featuring a collection of rare ceramics, 18th-century yellow European porcelain and Chinese white and blue porcelain. Admission is free on Friday after 4PM.
  • Kensington Markets in Toronto spend hours wandering around the stalls in Kensington market where you can pick up such eclectic items as Russian rye breads, kitchsy souvenirs or vintage clothing. Full of multicultural food stalls; Jewish and Eastern European shops sit side by side with Portuguese, Caribbean, and East Indian ones, as well as with a sprinkling of Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese,

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Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Book City, 501 Bloor St. W, The Annex, Toronto, 416/961-4496. Large bookshop offering good discounts on books. They usually close around 10PM, which gives you plenty of time to find that book to doze off too.  edit
  • Courage my Love, 14 Kensington Ave, Kensington Market, Toronto, 416/979-1992. Best vintage clothing shop in the city, great place to find unique retro items.  edit
  • Liliiput Hats, 462 College St, Little Italy, Toronto, 416/536-5933. You'll never want to take your hat off at this famed milliner shop which sells all sorts of hats from fedoras, strawhats to tailored hats.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Bar Italia, 582 College St, Little Italy, Toronto, 416/535-3621. It's food as good as Mama used to make, well-prepared pasta, risotto, fish of the day, and a traditional favorite of sautéed mushroom salad with arugula and Parmesan. Great portions are served by cheerful staff, and in the summer, the outdoor patio makes for great alfresco dining.  edit
  • Future Bakery and Cafe, 483 Bloor St. W, The Annex, Toronto, 416/922-5875. You'll be enticed by the smell of freshly baked bread wafting outside and tempted by the fresh pastries, as well as old European recipes like beef borscht, buckwheat cabbage rolls, and potato-cheese pierogies slathered with thick sour cream. From 7AM to 2AM, Future Bakery ensures that you will never go hungry.  edit
  • La Palette, 256 Augusta Ave, Kensington, Toronto, 416/929-4900. This intimate French bistro has been charming visitors and locals alike with its appealing cuisine. Favorite dishes include luscious Camembert fritters, garlicky escargot, accompanied by a stellar wine list.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • C Lounge, 456 Wellington St W, Entertainment District, 416/260-9393 (). C Lounge sets the bar high for other clubs in Toronto. Its an experience like no other with an outdoor shallow-water pool surrounded by candlelight, and background music. In winter, the outdoor patio is occupied by a 2,500-square-foot "ice lounge," with walls, tables, chairs, and glasses all of ice. Clubgoers suit up in winter woolies and munch on icy sushi and oysters.  edit
  • Brunswick House, 481 Bloor St. W, The Annex, Toronto, 416/964-2242. Fun party club that gets crowded with students from the local universities.  edit
  • Ciao Edie, 489 College St, Little Italy, Toronto, 416/927-7774. Although primarily a gay and lesbian bar, everyone can have fun here dancing to everything from R&B and Latin to classic house and hip-hop.  edit
  • Madison Avenue Pub, 14-18 Madison Ave, The Annex, Toronto, 416/927-1722. Spanning 6 levels, there's plenty of room to move at 'Maddies', a typical English pub with lots of brass, exposed brick, and dartboards. Plenty of beer on tap and a number of tv screens to ensure you never miss a game.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Philomena and Dave Bed & Breakfast, 31 Dalton Rd, The Annex, Toronto, 416/962-2786. Cheerful b & b, while although basic, still serves up a free breakfast each morning as well as hospitable hosts who speak French, German and Italian for their international visitors. Built in 1910, the b & b still contains some of its original fixtures, such as oak doors and trim and large stained-glass bay windows.  edit
  • Castlegate Inn, 219 Spadina Rd, The Annex, 416/323-1657. Only ten minutes walk from Casa Lomas, making it an ideal location for those who want good value for money in a hotel. Thirty four rooms all have private baths, wi fi access as well as mini fridges and cable tvs. Bit of a walk to other sights in Toronto though.  edit

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