FLAVOUR Old World ambience merges with New World amenities.
GETTING THERE Hop on the Bloor subway line and get off at Broadview station, or ride the 504 streetcar to the intersection of Broadview and Danforth.
THE CLOCK From dusk ’til dawn. In the summer some restaurants and bars stay open until 3 a.m.
WHAT TO DO Astoria, Pappas Grill and The Palace are just three of the many Greek restaurants that populate the area. Wash it all down with a foamy Guinness at Allen’s Irish eatery.
WHAT TO BUY Cool kitsch and designer bags at Butterfield 8 (235 Danforth Ave., 416-406-5664); stylish gear for her (Betsey Johnson, Laundry, DKNY) at Maxi Boutique and for him at Korrys Clothiers; hip duds at Body Blue; lush bath products at Harvest Spa (239 Danforth Ave., 416-466-0205); European lingerie at Avec Plaisir; organic baked goods at Carrot Common (348 Danforth Ave., 416-466-3803); lovely housewares at Lily Lee (261 Danforth Ave., 416-461-1017) and Elan (199 Danforth Ave., 416-406-3629); unique antiques at Fabulous Finds (745 Broadview Ave., 416-462-0838) and Der Dieteman (747 Broadview Ave., 416-462-9013); Montreal-style bagels baked in store at Kettleman’s Bagel Co. (542 Danforth Ave., 647-777-0114).
WHERE TO EAT Greek food abounds on the Danforth, but the street also boasts an international culinary lineup. See sidebar below for recommendations.
PHOTO OPS Reclining on the grass or soaking up the sun at Riverdale Park; in front of the Alexander the Great fountain at the Logan and Danforth parkette.
While there is no dearth of Greek fare to be had on the Danforth, the street is also home to an impressive selection of alternative and unique dining destinations. Magic Oven (organic pizza & pasta; 788 Broadview Ave., 416-466-0111); Lily 86 (Japanese; 786 Broadview Ave., 416-465-9997), Silk Road Café (Chinese; 341 Danforth Ave., 416-463-8660), Mocha Mocha (market fresh comfort food; 489 Danforth Ave., 416-778-7896), Café Brussel (Belgian brasserie, pictured), Sher-E-Punjab (Indian; 351 Danforth Ave., 416-465-2125), La Carreta (Cuban tapas lounge and bar; 469 Danforth Ave., 416-461-7718), Lolita’s Lust (Mediterranean), Il Fornello (Italian; 576 Danforth Ave., 416-466-2931).