EAT LOCAL, THINK GLOBAL That’s the motto of elegant Globe Bistro. Globe takes its mandate seriously, relying on local ingredients to execute its international cuisine. Open for lunch weekdays and dinner daily, the resto also offers a posh take on Sunday brunch—a traditional fry-up includes Niagara sausage and smoked bacon. 124 Danforth Ave., 416-466-2000.
POPULAR PUBS Allen’s is one of the city’s best pubs. Traditional fare defines the menu—Dublin lamb shank braised in Guinness is an option, plus pizzas, curries and pastas. Stop in for a pint at Dora Keogh next door; this snug Irish pub is the go-to watering hole of locals. 143 Danforth Ave., 416-463-3086.
CHIC BOUTIQUE Parade prides itself on its signature wide-legged pant, but the smart womenswear boutique also carries a number of international labels from Toronto, New York and L.A., including Michael Kors, Zoran Dobric and Juma Designs. 261 Danforth Ave., 416-461-8833.
ECO EPICENTRE Carrot Common is the centre of The Danforth’s retail and social life—the outdoor courtyard is a great place to people-watch. The eco-conscious complex features The Big Carrot Natural Food Market, a worker co-operative that sells organic food. There’s also an in-store deli with seating. 48 Danforth Ave., 416-466-2644.
SHOP GREEN Grassroots Environmental Products continues the eco-friendly, organic theme set by nearby Carrot Common. Here, you’ll find a range of environmentally conscious gifts—from organic cotton T-shirts, dresses and linens, to non-toxic baby toys and body care products. 372 Danforth Ave., 416-466-2841.
OPA! Sample some of the strip’s best Greek fare at spacious and ornate Ouzeri. The popular eatery keeps its menu simple and flavourful, serving up a mighty tzatziki as well as tender calamari and yummy lamb kebabs, to name a few traditional Greek dishes. 500A Danforth Ave., 416-778-0500.
FAB FROCKS Fashionable types ought to check out sleek boutique Studio Labiri for its chic labels and flirty party dresses for women. A European sensibility emphasizes sartorial oomph (read: bright colours and patterns). Find the likes of Tara Jarmon, M. Missoni, Valentino Red and Milly of New York. 548 Danforth Ave., 416-778-6820.
SEXY STUFF Those who scorn splashing out on expensive unmentionables don’t know what they’re missing. A bra with a perfect fit is a luxury every woman should know. The staff of Avec Plaisir sizes you up—literally—to ensure you get the best fit. Choose from a range of top European lingerie lines like Marie Jo and Prima Donna. 573 Danforth Ave., 416-466-5011.
Jump on the Bloor-Danforth subway line and get off at Broadview station at the west end of the strip, Chester at the mid-way point, or Pape at the east end, any of which will bring you to Danforth Avenue.