Once a dull stretch of garages and storage facilities, this block is now packed with art galleries, eccentric eateries and vintage boutiques that strike a balance between edgy
DARING DISPLAYS For more than a decade—first on Queen Street, and now along Ossington—Angell Gallery has been a champion of artists who deviate from the norms of production to create stimulating cross-medium pieces. With three exhibition spaces and a section dedicated to video, thegallery challenge the eye and the mind.
TEQUILA UPGRADE Salt-licking, shot-chugging frat boys and girls may feel out of place at Reposado, where the city’s largest collection of premium tequilas are meant to be relished for their subtle notes of vanilla, chamomile and white pepper. The menu also boasts drinks—margaritas, in particular—made with fresh-squeezed juices, and tapas plates are available for peckish patrons.
DINE IN STYLE Post-industrial design and locally sourced food are at the heart of Böhmer, a former mechanic’s garage that chef-owner Paul Boehmer remodeled as a sophisticated yet comfortable restaurant. Beneath a chandelier of undulating wood strips and crystals by The Brothers Dressler, diners can savour dishes like Ontario guinea fowl or lamb chops, plus notable cocktails.
RELAX & REFRESH Lush & Lavish Salon Spa is a one-stop shop for hair, nails, skin, makeup and massage, but that doesn’t mean it’s the big box equivalent of a boutique salon. The exposed brick and hardwood interior creates a homey vibe for an organic facial or aromatherapy massage.
FASHION FORWARD A modern space dotted with antique fixtures comprises gallery-style boutique Jonathan + Olivia. Stylish clothing and accessories from international labels like Comme des Garçons, Fjällräven and Alexander Wang are showcased here, while staff offer personal service without pretension.
ALWAYS OPEN Whatever the time of day or night, and no matter the size of your stomach, you can satisfy your appetite at The Lakeview Restaurant. A staple since the 1930s, this 24-hour diner serves up burgers, sandwiches and all-day breakfast. Adjacent, you’ll find the Lakeview Storehouse, which stocks fresh produce, bulk items and novelties like baconnaise.