Dundas West graffiti

Little Portugal

This eclectic, multicultural neighbourhood is filled with all manner of quirky bars, quaint restaurants, independent stores and traditional family-style Portuguese bakeries. Traditionally home to people of Portuguese and Brazilian backgrounds, it’s become even more diverse in recent years. If you’re lucky enough to be here in June there’s the Dundas West Fest—a street party of music, food, dancing and arts.

Don't miss:

  • Iberian-Canadian tapas and an extensive Portuguese and Spanish wine list at Salt Restaurant. Or Caldense Bakery for pastel de nata 
  • Taking an artsy stroll. There’s #Hashtag Gallery for works by up-and-coming local artists and Stephen Bulger Gallery for fine art photography
  • Saudade boutique for artisanal pieces like brightly coloured terracotta dinnerware and Easy Tiger Goods for fun, quirky gifts
  • Imanishi Japanese Kitchen for izakaya (meaning Japanese pub-style) cuisine. Anything deep-fried is a fine choice
  • Taking a cooking class at food venue, The Depanneur 

BOUNDARIES: College Street and Dundas Street West to the north, Dovercourt Road to the east, and the GO train tracks to the south and the west. 

PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): Lansdowne subway station. 505 streetcar.

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The Westside is the liveliest and trendiest part of the city. It’s open all hours, and the streets are lined with hip restaurants, bars and all manner of local boutiques.