Named for the four railway lines that run through it, this western neighbourhood of Toronto has a lot to offer. It’s a popular ‘hood for families so parks and kid-friendly restaurants abound. Our tip? Take a stroll down Dundas, pick up some lunch then head to nearby High Park for a picnic.
3124 Dundas St. W
Pronounced toe-kki, which means ‘bunny’ in Korean, this cute clothing spot is where all the trendy kids shop. Specializing in gently used clothing (they buy and sell, so bring your washed, stain-free and smoke-free items during business hours), handmade gifts (like adorable wall hangings) and unique toys, the well-curated shop is run by two local moms. Also acting as a sort of community hub, Tokki host workshops with a host of experts (check out their Instagram to find out more) and weekly music and sign language classes.
2948 Dundas St W, Toronto;
Oozing with colour and nostalgia, this local coffee shop is the place to go for a hot drink and a treat. With Catch-Me-If-You-Can vibes—there’s a huge mural of an airplane (along with a cool Lego install)—there’s plenty of room for families and strollers. The best seats in the house overlook Dundas Street, and there’s a vintage leather couch to cozy up on. Choose from hot chocolate, Americanos, teas and a host of other drinks along with a small sandwich (peanut butter and banana waffle, anyone?) and salad menu. Try the pistachio cake, you won’t be disappointed.
2887 Dundas St. W;
Families can lose hours in this quaint, indie book shop. Excellently curated, there’s something for everyone, from sweet board books, best-sellers and the latest cookbooks, to thick, glossy specialty magazines and chapter books for every level of reader. With three locations across the city (Queen Street West and Forest Hill), each location is tuned in to their neighbourhood, catering to each area’s specific needs. On that note, the Junction outpost has a strong cooking, design and arts-and-crafts section. There are gift-y items, too, if you’re looking for the perfect present.
Originally published in the Spring 2019 issue.