Dundas West is known as an exciting strip for all things shopping, beauty, food, and nightlife. One of the best parts for us locals is that this strip isn’t a tourist trap like other spots in the downtown core. And just because it’s getting colder outside, it doesn’t mean that you can’t go exploring around a new-to-you part of town. Whether you’re looking for a new nail salon, unique gifts, a cocktail, and anything in between, odds are you can find it all on Dundas West.
Keep reading for our top 10 spots on Dundas West worth checking out even in the winter!
If you’re needing some TLC, make sure you step into Tips Nail Bar on Dundas near Ossington. Known as one of Toronto’s premier nail bars, Tips not only offers super fun nail art done by its many talented nail techs, but it also takes nail health super seriously. Not in the mood for a mani? You can also get facials, waxing, lash lifts, tints, and more done here, too.
There’s a reason why La Palma is one of Toronto’s top restaurants. Between the gorgeous decor and good vibes is the stellar food. The open concept and airy, lounge-like space offers Italian inspired cuisine, creative cocktails, and an awesome retractable window that opens in the summer months. Some of our favourite items on the menu include the lobster rolls and the 100 hundred layer lasagna.
Hair, lashes, brows, and makeup, Ziba Style Bar offers it all. This innovative salon is equipped to bang out the best hair and beauty services for every hair and skin type. Ziba focuses on an experience that takes care of every woman’s beauty needs, so that they’ll leave feeling confident, empowered, and represented. In addition to the incredibly stylish space, great music, and friendly staff, you can even score complimentary rosé!
Jewellery shop Armed is by far one of our favourite spots to purchase locally designed jewelry in the city. Each unique piece available is intended to be worn in everyday life, all while making a serious fashion statement through stacking and layering rings, bracelets, and necklaces.
If you want to style your baby or toddler in simple designs made from high quality materials, Agaboshi is the place to shop. Each item is carefully curated by a Toronto mom who keeps in mind what mom’s need and want are for their little babes. The store has recently branched out into homeware and bedding, while still focusing on simplicity at its core.
Looking for unique knick-nacks or fun holiday gifts? Take a peek inside Easy Tiger Goods that’s situated on Dundas near Gladstone. This lifestyle store supplies folks with an expertly curated selection of home décor items, paper goods, leather goods, unisex accessories, and jewelry.
Known as a hideaway on Dundas West, Mahjong Bar is located behind a pink bodega and is a gorgeous 2,000 square foot space. A huge highlight of this spot is the 36-foot custom mural painted by a local Toronto artist named Gabriella Lo. In addition to its great cocktails, Mahjong also has a comprehensive menu of Chinese small plates like steamed buns, wontons, spring rolls, fried rice, and more!
Head to A-Game Cafe for limitless stay-and-play for just $8 bucks per person. In addition to all sorts of fun games, you can also get your hands on some quality food here too. Choose from an assortment of sandwiches, burgers, nachos, and more. Open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, this is a great spot to hang out, play games, and enjoy coffee, beer, and cider.
This is one of Toronto’s most special spots, with a focus on showcasing incredible Canadian talent. The goal of #Hashtag Gallery is to provide a space where the online art community can go to actually show and see art in real life.
The Dog Bowl is perhaps the best spot to shop for your pup in Toronto. The store curates each and every product in-store by personally using for their own pets. The folks here select only the best items so that pet owners can shop with confidence and know that any item for sale has been both pet and owner approved.
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