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Ossington Avenue

Tiger of Sweden Roars into Toronto

Tiger of Sweden's Toronto boutique is a hot shopping spot on Ossington Avenue

Tiger of Sweden’s Toronto boutique is a hot shopping spot on Ossington Avenue

Ossington Avenue, a street known largely for its restaurants and bars, is gaining standing as a shopping strip—due in part to its new Tiger of Sweden store, only the second in North American. Though the Scandinavian brand is a century old, it’s been especially popular since the 1990s among young male professionals, who covet Tiger’s slim-fitting suits. The boutique’s sleek black facade emphasizes the fashion-forward company’s hipster cred. Though the label has been available at such retailers as Harry Rosen and Gotstyle, this is the first time Toronto shoppers can view a more comprehensive selection of offerings, including suede wingtips, trench coats, women’s options like jersey dresses, and accessories such as cufflinks and leather bags. —Linda Luong

• Tiger of Sweden, 56 Ossington Ave., 416-588-4437; tigerofsweden.com
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Hot Shopping: Philip Sparks’ First Retail Store Now Open in Toronto

Even more hipness hits Ossington by way of Toronto’s own Philip Sparks, who has opened his first retail space after five years on the fashion scene. The former garage is now a bright and airy showcase for Sparks’ dandy ensembles and accessories for men and women. Open daily. 162 Ossington Ave., 647-348-1827.

Bonus You Are Here: Ossington Avenue

Earlier we told you about a few of our favourite places on super-hip Ossington Avenue.
Of course there were too many to reasonably cram into a single article, so we figured
a second post was well warranted.

Delux

COSMOPOLITAN CUISINE Chef and owner Corinna Mozo drew upon her Cuban-Québécoise heritage to create the menu at Delux, which features simple yet flavourful dishes like steak frites, crispy duck confit, pressed Cubano sandwiches, and… wait for it… donut balls. Gobble up these gastronomic goodies inside a sophisticated dining room that hasn’t lost its neighbourhood feel. (more…)

You Are Here: Ossington Avenue

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
and upscale.

Angell Gallery

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. (more…)

Yours to Discover: Day Five

Winter’s on its way out; it’s time to get a head start on exploring. Guide yourself with our specialized itineraries, or contact one of Toronto’s many tour operators to delve deeper into this multifaceted metropolis. And don’t forget to check out previous Yours to Discover posts, here: Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four.

RESTAURANT ROWS
Hit these streets to satisfy your every culinary craving.

OSSINGTON AVENUE For some real local flavour, this hip strip offers diverse, indie-chic restaurants.

View Yours to Discover: Restaurant Rows in a larger map

HARBORD STREET An eclectic, tucked-away treat of a street featuring worldly cuisine.

View Yours to Discover: Restaurant Rows: Harbord Street in a larger map

QUEEN STREET EAST Residential Leslieville’s main drag is home to a multitude of welcoming eateries with real neighbourhood character.

View Yours to Discover: Restaurant Rows: Queen Street East in a larger map

Foodies can get the inside scoop with a unique jaunt to gourmet shops in the hip West Queen West neighbourhood, courtesy of ChowBella. Culinary concierge Trina Hendry introduces guests to specialty spice traders, tea merchants, macaron makers and more on this three-hour Sunday stroll.

Hot Dining: Gallic Delight

Toronto’s current go-to neighbourhood for eclectic, affordable cuisine recently welcomed another newcomer. This time, it’s one with a French accent. Toward the southern end of Ossington Avenue, diners with a craving for classic fare à la français can find comfort in escargots ($8.95), nicoise salad ($14.95), veal sweetbreads ($26) and green peppercorn sirloin steak ($28) at Beau Lieu Bistro. True to its name, this restaurant is a beautiful place, offering abundant charm thanks to its cozy ambience and graceful service. An all-Gaul wine list and fresh desserts daily round out what’s sure to be un bon repas. Dinner Tuesday to Saturday. 59 Ossington Ave., 647-345-5525.

Hot Dining: Name Recognition

Photo by Katie Bateman

The bohemian-chic Ossington Avenue strip gets an upscale addition courtesy of Böhmer, the semi-eponymous restaurant of lauded chef Paul Boehmer. Formerly an auto-body shop, the surprisingly sizeable space is contained within a shell of concrete and whitewashed brick that’s softened by reclaimed wood chairs and communal table, plus a wood chandelier adorned with Swarovski crystals. Striking contrasts appear on Böhmer’s plates, too, where such offerings as venison tartar with apple-walnut salad ($17) and pan-seared Quebec foie gras ($22) adhere to the farm-to-fork philosophy while demonstrating the skills of a chef who has previously worked in some of the city’s classiest kitchens.