Har­bord Vil­lage

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Eclec­tic Har­bord Street is the main thor­ough­fare of Har­bord Vil­lage, a quiet area that’s full of restau­rants, book­shops and lo­cal charm.

BOOK SHOP

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

COF­FEE BREAK

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

FRIED DE­LIGHTS

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.

CLOTHES SHOP

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

ART HOP

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

LO­CAL PUB

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

FEEL-GOOD DIN­ING

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

CLAS­SIC TREATS

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

Har­vest Kitchen

Bean and Baker

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