The Junc­tion

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Named for its his­tory as a rail­way in­ter­sec­tion, peo­ple now meet in this west-end neigh­bour­hood to raise a pint, play pin­ball or shop for eclec­tic home decor.

LUNCH SPOT

Seafood fiend John Bil doles out an eclec­tic ar­ray of fresh and house-smoked fish at Hon­est Weight, as well as dishes like mahi mahi ce­viche, a choose-your-own-fish sand­wich and okonomiyaki, a savoury seafood pan­cake. 2766 Dun­das St. W., hon­est­weight.ca

GAME BAR

There’s never a dull mo­ment at 3030 Dun­das West, a venue equipped with vin­tage pin­ball ma­chines, board games and an in-house art gallery. The kitchen fo­cuses on lo­cal fare, with dishes like braised cheek and shank pou­tine, and a fun twist on chicken and waf­fles with a pep­per­corn-béchamel-driz­zled fried bird on top of a Parisian crepe. 3030 Dun­das St. W., 3030dun­daswest.com

CU­RATED SHOP

Mjölk (pro­nounced “mi-yelk”) cel­e­brates all things min­i­mal­ist with life­style, house­wares and gift items from Scan­di­navia and Ja­pan, as well as decor finds made right here in Toronto. The se­lec­tion in­cludes cut­ting boards, ket­tles and toys, din­ing ta­bles, couches and chairs by de­sign­ers like Luca Nichetto, Osamu Saruyama and Oji Masanori. 2959 Dun­das St. W., mjolk.ca

CHIC MENSWEAR

Ger­hard prides it­self on its cu­rated se­lec­tion of high-qual­ity, made-in-Canada cloth­ing and life­style prod­ucts for men. Browse ev­ery­thing from outer­wear to un­der­wear, from brands like Etat Li­bre d’Or­ange,

Malin + Goetz and Reign­ing Champ. 2949 Dun­das St. W., ger­hard­sup­ply.com

READER’S DE­LIGHT

Dis­cover new and used books (in­clud­ing an am­ple sec­tion of books for kids) at Pan­de­mo­nium, a Junc­tion shop that also fea­tures rare and pop­u­lar CDs, DVDs and vinyl records. 2920 Dun­das St. W., pan­de­mo­nium.ca

RE­CLAIMED TREA­SURES

Smash’s cu­rated 4,300-square­foot show­room is fa­mous for its one-of-a-kind sal­vaged in­dus­trial and ar­chi­tec­tural items from around the world, in­clud­ing vin­tage sig­nage, furnishings, fix­tures and some lo­cal art. 2880 Dun­das St. W., smash­sal­vage.com

SWEET TREATS

Ve­g­ans and om­ni­vores alike will en­joy the bounty of de­li­cious del­i­ca­cies at Bun­ner’s Bakeshop. Try a maple tahini or choco­late chunk cookie, or or­der the co­coa but­ter­milk red vel­vet cake topped with rich “cream cheese” frosting for some­one spe­cial.

3054 Dun­das St. W., bun­ners.ca

DRINK

The In­die Ale House, as its name sug­gests, in­de­pen­dently brews, pours and sells its own beers, in­clud­ing its sta­ple Bel­gian wit, the Bro­ken Hip­ster, plus other sea­sonal taps. The din­ing room of­fers a menu of from-scratch pub-style fare like burg­ers, piz­zas and bar snacks. 2876 Dun­das St. W., in­dieale­house.com

HID­DEN DIS­COV­ERY

The Hole in the Wall, is ex­actly what the name im­plies. Set back from the street, this nar­row hang­out is a pleas­ant dis­cov­ery. Or­der up a pint of a lo­cal draft and dig into the tasty menu of buck-a-shuck oys­ters and hearty burg­ers. Stop by for week­end brunch, or for some live mu­sic dur­ing the week. 2867 Dun­das St. W.

Ger­hard

In­die Ale House

Mjölk

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