Get a taste of the city’s Greektown on the Danforth. The popular east end neighbourhood is serving up more than just gyros and moussaka these days with over 75 restaurants. There’s traditional Irish grub over at Allen’s and Dora Keogh, Cuban and jazz at Mambo Lounge and even Pizzeria Libretto has moved in. There’s summer festivals like the crowded Taste of the Danforth and independent shops like Moss Garden and the Cook’s Nook. It’s a family-oriented community with affordable real estate and it’s not uncommon to see a film shoot on location.
Here’s 5 more hidden gems in Toronto’s Greektown.
1. The Big Carrot
The grocery store in the heart of Greektown specializes in green and organic products. You can find any natural products from body care to dairy, gluten-free to raw foods. There’s an organic juice bar and a variety of in-store events.
2. Brazilian Steakhouse
You might not expect to see a Brazilian steakhouse in the middle of Greektown but the Rodeo Restaurant shakes it up like you’re in Brazil. It’s authentic Rodizio-style dishes and all-you-can eat meat for $40.00 during the week.
3. The 100-Mile Child
A great store near Chester Station for locally sourced children’s products. The shop has everything from locally made clothing to green utensils and plates for little fingers.
4. Danforth Music Hall
Once a movie theatre in 1919, the music hall is now one of the city’s most intimate concert venues. No band is too big or small to play at the hall. Blue Rodeo is a fan favourite and Rihanna played a surprise concert in 2012.
5. Withrow Park
Bring your kids (and your dog) to one of the city’s best parks. Located on Logan Avenue, the park is filled with seasonal activities including an artificial ice rink, wading pool and playground. There’s also a farmers market and Shakespeare in the Park.
Where’s your go-to spot on the Danforth?
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