Eclectic Harbord Street is the main thoroughfare of Harbord Village, a quiet area that’s full of restaurants, bookshops and local charm.
Bakka-Phoenix is Canada’s oldest science-fiction and fantasy bookstore, serving lovers of the genres for more than 45 years. Here you’ll find everything from classics like Frank Herbert’s Dune to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, plus graphic novels and a section for sci-fi-loving kids that includes a Doctor Who–themed Mr. Men series. 84 Harbord St., bakkaphoenixbooks.com
Sam James Coffee Bar helped bring new life to a once-derelict strip of Harbord Street, giving the surrounding area a community hub to call home. The shop offers espresso and filtered coffees (ask for a hand-ground siphon brew), as well as pastries from local favourites Glory Hole Doughnuts and the Tempered Room. Seating is limited, but the laid-back view makes it worth waiting for a window seat. 297 Harbord St., samjamescoffeebar.com
Harbord Fish and Chips is a Toronto institution, deep-frying battered goodness years before the many fancy seafood joints that came in its wake. You won’t get any homemade sauces or curries here, but Harbord focuses on what it does best: freshly battered fish and crispy chips. It even wraps its orders in newspaper. 147 Harbord St.
If you’re looking for women’s fashions with a tropical flair that are still practical for day-to-day wear, visit this storefront of private Canadian label Zade Jones. The shop offers ready-towear lines that are both stylish and adventurous. 295 Harbord St., zadejones.com
Rebecca Gallery is hidden in a renovated one-time residential home covered in leafy green ivy. Owner Kerry Fitzmaurice
curates new shows about every month by both emerging and established Canadian artists (often of local origin) specializing in textiles, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. 317 Harbord St., rebeccagallery.com
Harbord House is a three-floor neighbourhood bar housed in one of the large Victorian homes the city is known for. This gastropub is neither high-end nor low-brow, falling somewhere comfortably in the middle. Its menu is equally as comfortable (and affordable), with faves like burgers, meatloaf and chilli, complemented by plenty of Canadian beer on tap and a good selection of wine. 150 Harbord St., harbordhouse.ca
Harvest Kitchen caters to both vegetarians and meat-eaters looking for meals made from locally and ethically sourced ingredients (some even come from the resturant’s own farm). The interior decor features mismatched furniture, giving the dining room a cosy, casual vibe. Chef Steinburg’s menu can accomodate your dietary restrictions with a number of appealing options, like vegetarian dumplings, meatless meatballs and quinoa spaghetti and wild mushroom sproutzza. 124 Harbord St., harvestkitchen.ca
Bean and Baker is a retro-style mom-and-pop malt shop run by a modern day mom and pop. Owners Liezel and Brennan Anderson have recreated the experience of visiting an old-timey soda parlour, complete with a menu of milkshakes, floats and sundaes. If you’re looking for something savoury, they also serve grilled cheese, pie pockets and sausage rolls. 326 Harbord St., beanandbaker.com
HAND CRAFTED GIFTS
Established in 1980, Clay Design is a pottery studio with a beautiful storefront showroom offering a wide selection of high-quality pieces for any price range. 170 Brunswick Ave., claydesign.ca
Sam James Coffee Bar
Bean and Baker