Little Portugal is a dynamic urban district in the west end of Toronto's downtown
This neighbourhood serves as the historical hub of Portuguese settlement in Canada back in the 50’s through to the 70’s. During these decades, Little Portugal has blossomed, and is now the centre of many businesses in the city.
It is in this distinctive area where old world meets modern styles. Rarely will you find a neighbourhood that features quaint European bakeries, trendy art galleries, eclectic boutiques, and lively restaurants and bars that harness an ideal mix of both modern flair and old-world charm.
While the largest ethnic group in the area are Portuguese, Little Portugal is currently undergoing an evolution of identity, with the recent influx of immigrants from all over the world, in addition to urban professionals.
Lifestyle & Recreation
A major core of activity in Little Portugal can be found at McCormick Park, which houses McCormick Recreation Centre and Arena. For decades, this centre has been the nucleus for youth living in the neighbourhood.
Some of the best ethnic Portuguese bakeries can be found within the borders of Little Portugal. In fact, two of the city’s most popular bakeries just happen to be located in the area, and rival each other: Nova Era and Caldense. Both residents and visitors alike flock to these aromatic bakeries to get a taste of delicious specialties like the Pasteis de Nata, a traditional Portuguese custard tart.
Restaurant thrive in this area west of Toronto’s downtown core, where residents can enjoy a number of authentic Portuguese and Canadian fare. From Essen, Arisu, Five Doors North, Enoteca Sociale, Ossington Stop, and classic The Lakeview. Residents have their pick of the litter when it comes to enjoying local cuisine especially along Dundas Street West.
Plenty of families with children call Little Portugal home. Along with the youth activities available to the younger generation in the area, there are also a number of schools to choose from.
While Little Portugal can be navigated easily and quickly by foot to reach a number of amenities, the area is well-served by the TTC. The 505 and 506 streetcar lines along Dundas St and College St, as well as the north-south bus lines on Lansdowne Ave, Dufferin St, and Ossington Ave. Commuters can easily make their way to major subway lines along the Bloor or Yonge/University lines.
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