What to know and love about this Toronto neighbourhood
As it’s name
suggests, Little Italy is a Toronto neighbourhood with a vibrant cultural
community. Italian flair mingles with Portuguese influences, and a variety of
people from various backgrounds have discovered the benefits of real estate in
Little Italy. The area is bordered by Bathurst Street to the east, Ossington to
the west, Harbord to the north, and Dundas Street West to the south. College
Street runs through the middle of the neighbourhood, with delicious Italian
restaurants and fashionable shops. Dundas Street West offers a collection of
Portuguese businesses as well as pubs and bars. The area has a cool urban feel,
since it is walking distance to Queen West and bohemian favourite, Kensington
Market. Housing in Little Italy is a combination of charming older homes,
modern townhomes, and stylish lofts for sale. A neighbourhood with
one-of-a-kind dining, shopping, and personality? Thats amore!
The community! Little
Italy is well stocked with spaces to meet people and mingle with your
neighbours. Community centres, cultural centres, gyms, and clubs are all social
hubs for residents. The local cultural centres have tons of events year-round,
including classes, music - and parties of course! Never feel bored or alone in
Little Italy. Here you can meet neighbours who become friends that feel like
Little Italy real estate is most popular with people between age 20-44. working age people choose Little Italy because of its proximity to downtown, and its distinctive character.
Local Insight: “The Mod Club is an amazing venue. Toronto rock bands play there, and huge acts drop in all the time.”
What to Expect: Food and fun! Restaurants in Little Italy include delicious cuisine from a variety of cultures. Whether you’re in the mood for pasta, shepherd’s pie, or sushi, you wont have to go far. Bars, restaurants, cafes, pubs, bakeries, and gelato parlours line the streets. There are also many spots in and around Little Italy for entertainment, including local bars with live music. For drivers, its about a twenty minute drive to the Gardiner and Lakeshore Boulevard. If you're commuting by TTC, bus routes and streetcars run along every major street. Ossington subway station is also close by. For outdoor recreation, George Ben Park and Fred Hamilton Playground are pleasant spaces for playing outside. Healy Willan Park has a wading pool, playground, and grassy space for picnics.
What NOT to Expect: This area really has everything. The only thing you might want to travel for are water views. For lakeside afternoons, hop on the TTC and head south.
A Day in the Life: Have coffee on the deck of your Little Italy loft. Watch people walking by on their way to the park and the shops. Then, stroll down the block for a breakfast sandwich at the cafe on the corner. Chat with your neighbours while you eat, then window shop along College Street. Pick up a new cookbook, then buy some ingredients for a recipe at the vegetable market. Meet your friend at the park for an afternoon reading and laughing in the sun. Before you know it, its time to join your friends at the community centre. Tonight is the spaghetti dinner buffet, followed by a concert by your neighbour’s band. Dance all night then walk home to your condo for a glass of vino.
In Summary: Little Italy is a neighbourhood where a variety of communities add food and flair to the city streets.