Great shopping and green spaces for nature lovers and culture keeners
Great shopping and green spaces come together in this west-end neighbourhood where its main street is abuzz with activity
Breakfast, brunch or lunch — the coffee is always on at the Baker
Street Café. This half diner, half British rock shrine is a local favourite for many reasons. Come back often to be sure to try their homefries, French toast, Monte Cristo sandwiches, and amazing (i.e. massive) cinnamon buns. 385 Richmond Rd.
This third-generation business is a trustworthy choice for all your formal wear needs. With an on-site master tailor, E.R. Fisher excels in clothes that are made to measure, but they also offer classy and modern ready-to-wear pieces that will last for years. 199 Richmond Rd., erfisher.com
A lifetime membership is just $5 at Mountain Equipment Co-op
(MEC). That gives you access to a bounty of products, from canoes to snowshoes, by MEC’s own brand and by big outdoor outfitter names like Patagonia, Prana, and Black Diamond. While many Canadian shoppers order from them online, it’s a treat to test out products in-store. Customer service is excellent, as is their “rock solid” guarantee. 366 Richmond Rd., mec.ca
The Piggy Market sells its very own in-house duck confit and creton — a pork paté made with onions and spices — right alongside products from small Ontario producers of fine meats. This butcher, charcuterie, and cheese shop goes to great lengths to sniff out the best in artisanal confections for their patrons. They also make some of the best Jamaican patties in town. 400 Winston Ave., thepiggymarket.com
Proof that businesses can be both hip and socially conscious,
Canopy offers beautiful apparel made of natural and environmentally friendly materials. Offering a range of clothing for women and men, this shop also includes organic cosmetics and makes sure all its wares come from producers who practice fair trade. 358 Richmond Rd.
Mountain Equipment Co-op