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You Are Here: Eat, Shop and Explore on the Danforth

DANFORTH AVENUE’S BUSIEST STRETCH HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN AS TORONTO’S GREEKTOWN. MANY HELLENIC RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES STILL LINE THE STREET, BUT NOWADAYS THE OVERALL MILIEU IS MUCH MORE COSMOPOLITAN

Globe Bistro the Danforth Toronto

Globe Bistro

 

1 One of the longer-lived finer-dining spots on the Danforth, Globe Bistro plates contemporary Canadian fare à la carte or as part of affordable tasting menus. 124 Danforth Ave., 416-466-2000; globebistro.com

2 The simple concept of H2O Float Spa is to provide patrons with a serene space in which to, well, float—in private tubs or sensory deprivation–style pods. 138 Danforth Ave., 647-349-0426; h20floatspa.com

3 A Toronto institution for nearly 30 years, scruffy Irish-inspired saloon Allen’s serves consistently excellent burgers and pours from literally hundreds of whisky bottles. 143 Danforth Ave., 416-463-3086; allens.to

Jexy and Jax Danforth Toronto

Jexy and Jax

4 Originally a movie theatre, the circa-1919 Danforth Music Hall now hosts concerts by popular acts like Cold War Kids (October 20) and Leon Bridges (October 23). 147 Danforth Ave., 416-778-8163; thedanforth.com

5 Need vitamins, natural body-care products or maybe just a nutritious snack? It’s all available at The Big Carrot, a destination for the health-conscious since 1983. 348 Danforth Ave., 416-466-2129; thebigcarrot.ca

6 Torontonian Jessica Calder and her mother are the Jexy & Jax of their eponymous clothing and lifestyle boutique, which boasts two house lines of unique women’s and men’s apparel, plus other Canadian-made labels, skincare products and select preserves. 375 Danforth Ave., 416-465-5557; jexyandjax.com

7 A favourite amongst Greektown’s “native” restaurants, Pantheon is known for its calamari, saganaki and souvlaki (and, let’s face it, dated decor). 407 Danforth Ave., 416-778-1929; pantheonrestaurant.ca

Treasure Island Toys Toronto Danforth

Treasure Island Toys

8 More than 100 loose-leaf teas—plus tea lattes, bubble tea and a variety of sweet treats—make Tsaa Tea Shop a popular area oasis. 412 Danforth Ave., 647-347-8720; tsaateashop.com

9 Savoury and sweet Greek street treats—like spinach-stuffed spanakopita and honeyed loukoumathes—are the stock in trade of Athens Pastries. 509 Danforth Ave., 416-463-5144; athenspastries.com

10 The Danforth location of Pizzeria Libretto is more family-friendly than the mini-chain’s two downtown eateries, but its exceedingly high-quality Neapolitan pizzas remain the same. 550 Danforth Ave., 416-466-0400; pizzerialibretto.com

11 Your little travel companions are sure to love Treasure Island Toys, a trove of games, puzzles, plush dolls, building blocks, craft supplies and so much more to keep them engaged and occupied. 581 Danforth Ave., 416-778-4913; treasureislandtoys.ca

Von Doughnuts Danforth Toronto

Von Doughnuts

12 Generous platters of ribs, pulled pork, brisket and wings have made Greenwood Smokehouse BBQ a haunt for the hungry. Not in the mood for meat? Vegetarian options and sizeable salads round out the offerings. 673 Danforth Ave., 416-469-2270; greenwoodsmokehouse.com

13 Von Doughnuts makes the gourmet indulgence of choice for many locals. You’ll have a hard time picking from the daily-changing array of flavours, including raspberry cheesecake, cookie dough and caramel salt ‘n’ pepa. 713 Danforth Ave., 416-901-8663; vondoughnuts.com

GET THERE! The quickest and easiest (though be forewarned, also the busiest) way to get to Greektown is by hopping on the Bloor-Danforth subway line and riding it to one of either Broadview, Chester or Pape stations.

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