Toronto's Dufferin Grove neighbourhood lies west of the downtown core and is surrounded by Little Italy, Trinity-Bellwoods, Little Portugal, Brockton Village and Bloordale Village. Demarcating the neighbourhood's boundaries are Bloor Street to the north, Ossington Ave to the east, Dundas Street to the south and Dufferin Street to the west. Centred around Dufferin Grove Park, the neighbourhood has continued to develop since its inception in 1792 by the Denison Family, who settled in the area after emigrating from England.
Today, Dufferin Grove tends to get overlooked by its more well-known neighbours, such as Trinity-Bellwoods and Little Italy, but the 14-acre neighbourhood is unique in its own right. After receiving a notable mention from Time Out in 2018 for being on the world's coolest neighbourhood list (landing at #39 at the time), it's apparent how many standout restaurants, bars, bakeries and shops reside within the area. Whether you're driven to the area for its clout on a first trip to Toronto or are a longtime resident who has yet to discover what Dufferin Grove has to offer (besides Dufferin Mall), check out our list of where to eat, drink, grab coffee and shop in the neighbourhood.