Little Portugal

Neighborhood Lifestyle and Features

Little Portugal in Toronto
Little Portugal an ethnic neighborhood in Toronto
McCormick Park is the main municipal green space in Little Portugal. Covering just under 4 acres, this city park includes a baseball field, children's playground and multiple basketball courts. Kids can also play at the wading pool that's open during the summer season. Residents have year-round access to the swimming pool inside the Mary McCormick Recreation Centre. Additionally, the adjacent McCormick Arena hosts ice skating and ice hockey events for youth and adults. Many of the businesses in Little Portugal are marked by signs in English and Portuguese. Since the early 21st century, significant waves of Brazilian immigrants have settled in this well-established district. Despite sharing a common language, the Brazilian and Portuguese residents maintain distinct lifestyles in this dense neighborhood. You'll see some street signs and buildings painted in Portugal's traditional national colors. Similarly, homes and businesses that are owned by Brazilians are decorated with Brazil's yellow, green and blue colors.

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Most of Little Portugal's commercial attractions stand along Dundas Street and College Street. From cozy bars and classic bistros to upscale restaurants and charming cafes, you'll find plenty of authentic dining options on the vibrant streets. Some popular restaurants that serve traditional Portuguese cuisine include Moliceiro, Amadeu's, Via Norte and Bairrada Churrasqueira Grill. The finest restaurants in the community also carry large selections of premium wine bottles from Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. The lively neighborhood is also home to international-style bars, such as the PrettyUgly, Black Dice and Communist's Daughter. Standing in the neighborhood's southern section, the historic Drake Hotel also offers exciting nightlife and social opportunities. Built in the late 19th century, this renovated property invites guests for al fresco dining and drinking inside intimate lounges. Situated just north of the district, the Dufferin Mall is a major retail hub that's home to more than 120 businesses. This shopping center offers nearly 570,000 sq feet of premier retail space. Some notable retailers on the main level include Walmart, Gap, No Frills and Winners. The lower level includes another section of Walmart and several other major stores, such as Marshalls. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Visiting Little Portugal

Little Portugal is centered on Dundas Street, a commercial thoroughfare that accommodates vehicles heading eastbound and westbound. Several Toronto Transit Commission buses run along this busy street in the heart of the community. For example, the 329 and 929 routes stop at the corner of Dundas Street and Dufferin Street. The neighborhood's northern end is bound by College Street, which has several outdoor stops that are designated for the TTC 306 and 506 streetcars. Queen Street West cuts through the district's southern tip. The TTC 301 and 501 streetcars run along this major street, which leads directly to the Entertainment District in downtown Toronto. Some major highways on the southern outskirts of this ethnic community include the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard. Additionally, Exhibition Station is situated just a few blocks south of the district. The Lakeshore West commuter trains stop at this outdoor station. Offering regional flights and helicopter tours, Bill Bishop Toronto City Airport is just a short ferry ride away from the neighborhood.
By: Denise Marie
Published On: 2019-08-14
Updated On: 2019-08-14

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