Greektown is the stretch of Danforth between Broadview and Greenwood. The main drag defines the neighbourhood as a foodie haven with possibly the highest concentration of restaurants per kilometer in the world. There’s definitely a huge Greek influence as one of the largest Greektowns in North America. There are also a mix of high end cuisine and fast food diners and a patio for every palate. It’s a lively, family orientated neighbourhood and never a dull weekend with activities and festivals including the annual “Taste of the Danforth” in the summer.
Most of the buildings were built in the early 1900s. Greektown divides Riverdale, with its upgraded, gentrified Victorian homes and East York and its mid-century post-war bungalows. It’s right on the Bloor-Danforth subway subway line and close to Withrow Park, Riverdale Park, and renowned schools, both public and private.
Greektown Top 5:
Pantheon – Yes, we know there is a dizzying selection of Greek places in the area, but Pantheon serves up fire grilled Mediterranean feasts and kills it in the ambience department. Table side flaming cheese and bright murals on the walls make this the place to go for some killer calamari .
Allen’s – In a neighbourhood swimming in Greek food, “Allen’s stands as owner John Maxwell’s loving tribute to the Irish-American saloons of his native New York.” This legendary landmark serves up 340 whiskies, over 200 VQA wines and 140 beers. Consistently ranked among the best patios in the city, Allen’s patio is an oasis on The Danforth.
Re:Reading – Independent bookstores are a dying breed in Toronto, but this area boasts 2, the well known Book City is a great place to grab a fresh new novel, but for the books with a sordid past, you go to Re:Reading. Used books and DVDs find new life in this unique shop. A favourite of most locals and an indication that this community values the written word.
The Big Carrot – Located in the Carrot Commons, this worker run co-op has been around since 1983. Not just a health food grocery store, this pillar of the community offers a range of great services for customers, including cooking classes, free nutritional store tours and free weekly lectures on health and the environment.
Greenwood Smokehouse – This is a personal favourite of the entire Real Estate Brothers Team. Slow smoked BBQ and loads of vegetarian options make this one of the gems of East Toronto. This is the place you go when you want to eat like you are Elvis. Warm wooden decor and and a great vibe make this a must eat on The Danforth.