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Neighbourhoods HearT of THe ciTy calls for the streets to be closed off, and then polka bands and dancers take over. Kensington Market www.kensington-market.ca Queen West www.westqueenwest.ca High Park complemented by lively banter. Here, the streets are lined with upscale Italian clothing shops, gelaterias and cappuccino houses. Whether daytime or evening, this is the perfect setting for people-watching. Nowadays, Little Italy is home to an influx of immigrant families from Asia, Latin America and other Mediterranean countries, but it remains the city’s cultural core for Italians. It is also one of Toronto’s best nightspots. LOCATE College St., from Euclid Ave. to Shaw St. TTC Queen’s Park subway station, then College streetcar westbound; or Bathurst subway station, then Bathurst streetcar southbound. DISCOVER Your inner movie star. Café Diplomatico is a Toronto dining institution as well as a much-sought-after movie-set location. SHOP Top-of-the-line stores here reflect what’s hot in Europe, such as fine leather goods. LOVE The Boot. When the sun sets, street signs illuminate in the shape of Italy. gardens in the western side, an open prairie in the centre, and unkempt forest in the east. In between are sports fields, playgrounds, a swimming pool, a nature school, sculpture and vegetable gardens, a greenhouse, a small zoo and restaurants. LOCATE Bloor St. West, from High Park to Jane St. TTC Subway stations High Park, Runnymede & Jane. DISCOVER Unique gift ideas. Bloor West Village is a popular resource for distinctive gift items and European delicacies. EXPLORE According to urban legend, Grenadier Pond is bottomless, that is, its depth cannot be measured due to the amount of mud. LOVE Nature. The park is home to multiple species of birds and marsh wildlife, and fish caught in it is safe to eat. DETAILS Over the past decade, numerous trendy restaurants, clothing chains and purveyors of art and chic house décor have descended on Queen West, but they haven’t diluted this colourful strip’s street-cool factor. Graffiti on the walls of alleyways prevail alongside the tenacious textile stores, antiques shops, tattoo parlours and stores selling “real vintage.” Further west and a couple of blocks south are sleek loft condos, while the formerly near-derelict stretch past Bathurst is alive with a flurry of new dining spots, fashion boutiques and start-up art galleries. Given the sheer volume of bustling watering holes, restaurants and grab-and-go ethnic-fare eateries, Queen West is always a virtual carnival of food and drink bursting with culture, creativity and attitude. DETAILS Experience firsthand Toronto’s rich cultural mix at Kensington Market, where the shops are stacked with produce and gift items from Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. This labyrinth of streets, just west of Old Chinatown, affords a multisensory virtual trip around the world, with a myriad of global finds in the vintage and secondhand-clothing stores tucked in amid eclectic restaurants and cafés. Every day is busy here, the street market every bit as charmingly chaotic as any in the world, with fishmongers, shoppers, street musicians and impromptu speechmakers crowding the laneways. Kensington is ranked among the best street markets in North America. LOCATE Spadina Ave. to Augusta Ave., from Dundas St. to College St. TTC Queen’s Park subway station, then College streetcar westbound; or Spadina subway Roncesvalles Village/ Little Poland www.roncesvallesvillage.ca Kensington Market Bloor West Village & High Park www.bloorwestvillage.ca DETAILS One of the city’s greenest neighbourhoods, Bloor West Village, on the north end of High Park, offers a leisurely adventure in Eastern European pastry, coffee and culture. Delicatessens brim over with sausage, pierogi, paska (a traditional Easter bread), borscht and other mouthwatering European goodies. The park terrain is varied — manicured DETAILS A community of Eastern European and Russian immigrants, this area is a mix of residential and small family-owned retail and food shops specializing in sausages, hand-made pierogi, sauerkraut, cabbage rolls and hearty soups. LOCATE Roncesvalles Ave., from King St. West to Dundas St. West TTC Dundas streetcar westbound. DISCOVER Designer and vintage-clothing stores. LOVE Dancing in the streets. In September, the friendly atmosphere in the village gets downright festive, as the Roncesvalles Polish Festival LOCATE Queen St. West, from University Ave. to Gladstone Ave. TTC Osgoode subway station, then Queen streetcar westbound. DISCOVER Street savvy. Stroll this stretch of Queen, from University to Bathurst, past unpretentiously hip taverns and local greasy spoons clustered with upscale dining establishments. LOVE Staying up all night. For one night each fall, Queen West is the backbone for Nuit Blanche, an all-night contemporary-arts festival that takes over the city’s galleries, streets and public spaces. station, then Spadina streetcar southbound. DISCOVER Preloved treasures. Nassau, Baldwin and Augusta streets are lined with vendors offering an eclectic range of musical instruments, clothing, textiles and antiques ranging from vintage to garage-sale quality. IDEAS The Kensington Market community traces its roots to the 1920s, when 80 percent of Toronto’s Jewish population lived here. LOVE Winter solstice. Every Dec. 21st, Kensington celebrates the solstice at Kensington Karnival. toronto | 2008 111

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Contributors
David Miller
David Whitaker
Pier Giorgio Di Cicco
Around Town
Impulse Purchase
On Location
City Gastronomie
Discovery District
Tower of Strength
Crowd Surfers
The Haunting
Starchitects
Super Fans
The Creative City
Fashionable People
The Streets
After Dark
Listings
Culture & Recreation
Accomodations
Restaurants
Shopping
Tour Operators
Transportation
Neighbourhoods of Greater Toronto
Adventures Beyond Downtown
Visitor Resources
Index
2008 Event Calendar
The Lightbox
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