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Neighbourhood Guide: A colourful day in hip Parkdale

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Time to spend a day in Parkdale, Toronto neighbourhood friends! This colourful spot is home to everything from hip indie boutiques to divey eats. Let’s jump in and do a little exploring, eh?


Let’s knock two activities off the list with one stone. Actually, maybe don’t go throwing stones in here, the owners won’t like that. We’re at Mitzi’s Cafe (100 Sorauren Ave) for brunch and art appreciation! Perfect atmosphere, pretty things on the walls, and wicked food. The day’s getting started right!

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Parkdale’s got great galleries, and that had great alliteration. Stop by Only One Gallery (5 Brock Ave) to appreciate some talent in a colourful, hip space.

You’ll find work from emerging and established artists alike, and a great background for a lil Insta snap.


When you’re done shopping and admiring all the cute Victorian homes, it’s time for some midday snacking! Hit up something a little out of the box. We are in the multicultural mecca of the West end, so no reason to eat boring! Try Tibet Kitchen (1544 Queen St W) or Himalayan Kitchen (1526 Queen St W) for some authentic eats you won’t be finding most places.

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a day in parkdale

There’s a little collection of wicked antique shops in Parkdale. What’s that? You love antique shopping? Oh boy, you’re in the right place! Hit up 1698 Antiques (1702 Queen St W) for your perfect coffee table knick-knack.

Or, if you prefer a modern twist on your shopping, try Imperative (1332 Queen St W). It’s all vegan everything, with tons of clothes, beauty, and housewares. You don’t need to be cruelty-free to enjoy their cute clothes and decorations, promise!


Time for dinner? One of the area’s best is Chantecler (1320 Queen St W), where you can dive into rich French food while enjoying the sirens on the street. Parkdale has its quirks. Undeniably, you need to pop into Glory Hole Doughnuts (1596 Queen St W) to finish the night on a very sweet note.

Nobody really wants to be in Parkdale past 8 PM, so it’s time to go home. Half kidding, but most of the neighbourhood’s charm comes from the fact that people from literally every walk of life are doing their thing here together, which is why it’s worth spending a day in Parkdale. Enjoy!

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