Visit this up-and-coming west-end neighbourhood for unique fashion, lifestyle and foodie finds.
Little Portugal is an eclectic emerging neighbourhood bordered by Little Italy to the east and Parkdale to the west. Its main strip, Dundas Street West, is also known as Rua Açores in a nod to the Azorean immigrants who largely comprise Toronto’s Portuguese community. Dundas Street West is characterized by century-old low-rise buildings that now house some of the city’s best restaurants, chicest bars and coolest independent retailers.
Whether you’re loading up on gifts or treating yourself to some splurges, you’ll be sure to find captivating items from Little Portugal’s independently owned retailers. Here are eight of our fave shops to find distinctive mementos for the wardrobe, home, bath, body and more.
For design lovers
Saudade is a lifestyle store specializing in Portuguese designs and artisan traditions. Step inside to be transported from Toronto’s winter wonderland to a warm Iberian embrace, with colourful handmade items sourced from Porto in the north to the coastal Algarve in the south. A darling of local design lovers, Saudade offers a finely curated selection of housewares, fashion and foodie gifts. 1191 Dundas St. W.
For fashionable finds
Bringing the laid-back California vibe to Little Portugal, Three Fates mixes contemporary designers with carefully picked vintage pieces at reasonable prices. This store is like shopping in your stylish friend’s closet, with a seamless blend of old and new pieces. If you’re ever in doubt, you can get some one-on-one fashion assistance by booking a personal shopping appointment. 1573 Dundas St. W.
For local souvenirs
Part coffee shop, part general store, Easy Tiger Goods offers a chill shopping experience. After ordering your favourite espresso-based drink, peruse the shop’s collection of locally made and designed items from indie labels like Province Apothecary and Rush Home Ceramics. 1447 Dundas St. W.
For vintage hounds
Expo is just one of several vintage shops along the Dundas West strip, but it stands out for its unique streetwear finds. From vintage animated tees and sweaters to bold printed dresses, you’ll get lost in the racks of one-of-a-kind handpicked items found around the store. They have uploaded a curated selection of their extensive collection online to allow you to shop vintage finds not found in their bricks-and-mortar store. 1450 Dundas St. W.
For atypical Canadiana
What makes Rose City Goods truly special is that over 70% of the makers they stock in their colourful store are Canadian. They’ve also committed to showcasing fair-trade and ethically sourced items for everyday living, made to last for years to come. Find designed-in-Toronto items like Xenia Taler bamboo plates or unique products from across Canada, like soaps from Anto Yukon or beeswax wraps from Mind Your Bees. 1504 Dundas St. W.
For a wardrobe update
Soop Soop is a fashion lover’s dream: a boutique that carries the most hard-to-come-by fashion brands alongside avant-garde fashion magazines. The clothes within the store help bring the editorial spreads to life, showcasing unique structural pieces of clothing and mixed-metal jewelry that you likely won’t find anywhere else. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to be more fashion forward, then this shop should be your first stop. 1319 Dundas St. W.
For local logos
Even though it may be tiny, Beadle is packed with items designed and created right here in Toronto. Show your neighbourhood pride by sporting a Dufferin Tracks or Brock Ave T-shirt, or keep up your resolution to live in an eco-friendly way by shopping some of their more sustainable brands like Zero Waste MVMT. 1582 Dundas St. W.
For boho vibes
Add warm and intricately woven textiles to your home after stopping by The Wanderly. Showcasing well-crafted goods from around the world, its shelves are filled with everything from vintage Moroccan poufs and rugs to ethically made, small-batch apparel and accessories from Vancouver. The store specializes in natural earth tones that bring out the boho vibes to create a cozy sanctuary in your home. 1613 Dundas St. W.
Getting to Little Portugal:
Take the 505 Dundas streetcar to Ossington Avenue.
Or take the Line 2 Bloor-Danforth subway to Ossington station and the 63 Ossington bus southbound to Dundas Street West.