What to know and love about this Toronto neighbourhood
Little Portugal is a neighbourhood with great local business and culture. Though the area is small, it packs a lot of personality into its streets. There are many delicious restaurants offering cuisines from many different cultures, including the very best Portuguese restaurants in the city. Little Portugal is bordered by College and Dundas to the north, Dovercourt Road to the east, Landsdowne Avenue to the west, and Queen Street West to the south. It is just north of the cool condo community in Liberty Village and west of the artsy community in Queen West, so there are plenty of places to discover. Little Portugal has bars, restaurants, cafes, and late-night lounges. McCormick Park is a great outdoor space in the neighbourhood, and the wonderful Trinity Bellwoods Park is only a few blocks away.
The eclectic community in Little Portugal. Young working professionals, seniors, and families with kids all choose to buy real estate in the area. There are many different cultures represented here, which adds personality to the shops and flavour to the restaurants. The art galleries feature work by local artists on their walls, and people gather in the park to mingle with friends and neighbours. Little Portugal is welcoming and exciting place to call home.
Real estate in Little Portugal is most popular with people from age 20-54. There is also a 16% senior population. The majority of people in the area live with family, and in apartment and condo buildings over 5 stories. And as the neighbourhood’s name suggests, there are many Portuguese-speaking citizens.
Local Insight: “Our son plays hockey at McCormick Arena and I use their gym. Great facilities. And it’s walking distance from our condo!”
What to Expect: Great restaurants and night life. There are many of Toronto’s top-rated restaurants in Little Portugal along Dundas Street West and College Street. There are also many lounges that open late and close in the wee hours of the morning. Little Portugal is unique, because of the combination of peaceful side streets and exciting main streets for nights on the town. There are speciality businesses here such as cheese shops, spas, butchers, bakeries, and art galleries. For outdoor space, walk to McCormick Park, where you'll find a playground, baseball diamond, and a cafe. For travelling by TTC, hop on Dundas or College streetcar, or a bus on Dufferin. Drivers can get to the Gardiner Expressway or Lakeshore Boulevard in about fifteen minutes.
What NOT to Expect: This area really has it all! The only thing you'll want to leave for is water access. Hop on the TTC to when you want to get to the lake.
A Day in the Life: Your new condo in Little Portugal is located on a pleasant tree-lined street. Walk a block to College Street for a scone from the independent coffee bar. Then, visit The Shop for your weekly macrame class. Start making a gorgeous macrame hanging for the wall above your couch. Have a tasty lunch with your classmate at the Vietnamese place down the street. Then, head to the park to play frisbee with some new friends from your building. Walk home and change for a fancy dinner with someone special. Meet up at the Portuguese restaurant you've heard so much about. Like everything else about Little Portugal, the restaurant doesn't disappoint!
In Summary: Toronto’s Little Portugal neighbourhood is a cultural hub with cozy side streets and a lively local restaurant scene.