Toronto’s Best Neighbourhoods, Deconstructed


À la Carte

Rooted with rural Ontario influence, Farmhouse Tavern is a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. Take the brunch burger, which comes topped with a fried duck egg, homemade bacon, and goat cheese. And then there’s Branca, an Argentinian-inspired grill house in the heart of Brockton Village. Specializing in what they call “parrilla” (essentially open-fire grilling), chef Kanida Chey’s charred slabs of meat have been roasted in a smouldering brick hut behind the restaurant. – CM

the gaslight

Happy Hour

A hidden gem in the heart of Junction Triangle, The Gaslight serves craft beer and cocktails (most in the $10 range) amongst tiny tables and church pews alike. And while it’s not exactly the original New York state surf retreat, Montauk at Dundas and Bathurst is known to welcome guest bartenders to craft their own unique weekly menu. – CM

Caffeine Fix

Cafe Neon might be the area’s “in” choice, but Wallace Espresso is the spot for those who are really clued in. Known shorthand as “WE” to its devotees, this pocket-size coffee shop specializes in grab-and-go. – CM

Gallery Hop

The west end is known for its thriving arts scene, and Loop Gallery has been a staple here since 2000. But the area welcomes newcomers with open arms, and Zalucky Contemporary has been garnering attention for its roster of local talent on display. Also worth a visit is Articulations, a dynamic destination that is part gallery, part art supply store, and part art school. – WH

’til you Drop

One word: Livestock. This boutique boasts a sneaker collection, peddling the flyest kicks from New Balance to Nike and Adidas to Asics, Clae, and Saucony. Keep on top of new arrivals by following their eye candy of an Instagram account, @livestockcanada. – CM

We Can’t Wait

Safehouse Coffee puts the hip back in hipster. Think exposed-brick walls, a bowling-lane-like bar, a long communal table, and exquisite fixtures. The design is both raw and authentic—the aesthetic meets the level of coffee, too. – CM