Bloordale Village - A Small Neighborhood West of Downtown

Located just a few miles west of downtown Toronto, Bloordale Village is a small neighborhood that's centered on Bloor Street West (between Lansdowne Avenue and Dufferin Street). Served by two Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway stations, this mixed-used district is well-connected to other major points in the city. Some of the community's top highlights include the Dufferin Grove Park and Dufferin Mall. You'll also find trendy bars, authentic restaurants and grocery stores on the commercialized stretch of Bloor Street. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Community Amenities and Recreation

Bloordale Village in Toronto
A small neighborhood west of downtown Toronto
Tucked away behind commercial buildings and private residents, Dufferin Grove Park is the largest green space in Bloordale Village. Two outdoor skating rinks are accessible to the public at this popular urban park. Other sports facilities at this park include soccer fields, basketball courts and skateboarding ramps. A wading pool and the Adventure Playground are located in the park's southern end. Additionally, Dufferin Grove Park hosts a farmers' market on a seasonal basis. Originally established in 2002, the Dufferin Grove Farmers' Market is one of the longest-running farmers' markets in the city. More than 40 vendors usually participate in the event, including farmers specializing in organic produce and locally caught seafood. During the summer, visitors may enjoy shows that are performed by the local Clay & Paper Theatre.

Bloor Collegiate Institute is a public secondary school located at the intersection of Bloor St West and Dufferin St. The school is nearly a century old and the city has plans to relocate the students in September 2021.

Retail and Dining

Bloordale Village in Toronto
Bloordale Village in Toronto
Lined with shops, restaurants and other businesses, Bloor Street West is the commercial heart and soul of Bloordale Village. Featuring mostly two-level buildings, this short stretch of the district has the character of a traditional main street. From the 3 Speed and Duffy's Tavern to the Brock Sandwich and Latin World, there are plenty of authentic dining options in this small neighborhood. The western end of the district is also renowned for great Italian food options, such as Sugo. Bloordale Village is also home to several vibrant nightlife venues, including the Burdock Brewery. Patrons might enjoy craft beer and live music concerts in this cozy venue that overlooks Bloor Street West. Signature cocktails are also served at the Grey Tiger Bar and Bar Neon. Both establishments have intimate settings with hip interior decor inspired by Toronto's progressive character.
Bloordale Village in Toronto
Duffy's Tavern at 1238 Bloor St W
Located on Dufferin Street, Dufferin Mall is the main commercial hub near the neighborhood. Prior to the mall, this land was home to the Dufferin Park Racetrack for thoroughbred horse races. It operated from 1907 until 1955, when it was demolished. In 1956, the Dufferin Plaza was established and in 1973, the shopping centre was covered to become the Dufferin Mall.

Home to more than 100 businesses, this mall is one of the largest retail centers in the western part of Toronto. In terms of floor space and international branding, notable retailers at this urban shopping complex include Walmart, Gap, No Frills, H&M and Winners. The food court at the Dufferin Mall also offers more than 10 options, including Asian, Italian and Middle Eastern food. Shoppers may use the mall's underground and upper parking decks. Otherwise, limited street parking is available on the dense residential streets, which surround Dufferin Grove Park. If you're looking for other types of bargains, shop inside the traditional brick-and-mortar stores along the busy Bloor Street West. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour.

Visiting Bloordale Village

Bloordale Village in Toronto
Corner of Dufferin St and Bloor St West
Located at the intersection of Dufferin Street and Bloor Street West, Dufferin Station is integrated into the Bloor-Danforth Line of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway network. Locally known as Line 2, this major rapid transit service also stops at Lansdowne Station in the district's western end. A one-way ride from Bloordale Village to downtown Toronto normally takes less than 10 minutes. Transfers for the Yonge-University Line are available at the Spadina, St. George and Bloor-Yonge stations in the northern sections of downtown. Several TTC bus routes also serve Bloordale Village, including the 300, 329, 29 and 402. Most of the buses stop near the Dufferin subway station. Click here to visit Bloordale Village twitter.
By: Denise Marie
Published On: 2019-12-10
Updated On: 2019-12-10

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