Top Seven Places to Visit on the Danforth

A guide on where to eat, shop and hang out while visiting Greektown!

By Andrea Del Medico

1. Caffé Demetre

IMG_5242Caffé Demetre offers one of the largest homemade ice cream selections in Toronto. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the place to be! It offers an extensive assortment of sundaes, waffles, cakes, pies, crepes, and specialty coffees. Treat yourself to an iced espresso loaded with ice cream, drizzled with mocha sauce, and topped with whipped cream.

(400 Danforth Avenue / 416-778-6654)

2. Treasure Island Toys

IMG_5257This independent toy store sells everything a kid’s heart could desire! Visit Thomas the Tank Engine, check out the giant pirate ship, or build a Lego city–this is definitely kid’s paradise!

(581 Danforth Avenue / 416-778-4913)

3. It’s My Party

IMG_5244It’s my Party is filled with every trinket and decoration you could want when throwing a party. They’ve got authentic-looking rats, a section devoted to filling birthday loot bags, and a must see Halloween costume section. This party store will suite your every occasion!

(423 Danforth Avenue / 416-469-2223)

4. Taste the 4th Sense

IMG_5229Featured in The Toronto Star, Taste the 4th Sense has the largest selection of hot sauces in the city. It also houses oils, vinegars, and zests from all over the world.  Not sure if you’ll like it? Every bottle is available in sample size and they normally have samples available at the cash desk.

(375 Danforth Avenue / 416-649-0024)

5. The Big Carrot

IMG_5226Filled with a wide variety of organic fruits, vegetables, breads, ready-made soups, salads, and hot meals. The Big Carrot also offers free weekly lectures and cooking classes about health, nutrition, and the environment.

(348 Danforth Avenue / 416-466-2129)

6. Re: Reading

IMG_5250Won NOW Magazines 2009 Award for BEST BOOKSTORE. Re: Reading offers CDs, comic books, and over 15,000 book titles including fiction, non-fiction, coffee table books, and many others.

(548 Danforth Avenue  / 647-347-8733)

7. Athena Bakery

Photograph by Andrea Del MedicoAthena Bakery offers a wide range of Greek pastries, cookies, tarts and cakes. They also supply products imported directly from Greece, such as coffees and spreads. Heather Griffin of East York claims, “Don’t leave the Danforth without trying the chocolate covered baklava!”

(598 Danforth Avenue / 416-462-1411)

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