Exploring... The Danforth

Exploring... The Danforth

Instead of making a blog about one single place, this blog is a little different. We’ve been thinking to introduce multiple places within the same neighbourhoods, so that you can use these as guides. Hope this will be helpful for your future planning.

This time, I’ll be talking you through a trip in the Danforth, mainly around Broadview which is right next to Greektown.

1. Broadview Espresso
To kick start my day I grabbed a drink from Broadview Espresso. It’s located just a block north of Danforth on Broadview. It’s a cute little corner café, very popular among the neighbourhood. Even though the store is small with little sitting area inside, they have loads of Muskoka chairs outside to enjoy the company of your friendly neighbours. I tried the maple spice latte, which was perfect for my liking. The espresso was smooth and well balanced with the mild sweetness of the maple syrup. Hm… maybe I should try adding maple syrup to my coffees from now on…

2. Evergreen Brick Works
After grabbing a quick coffee, my friend and I met up back at the Broadview Subway Station Parkette for the free shuttle bus to Evergreen Brick Works. This free shuttle bus runs everyday based on a set schedule. Check Evergreen Brick Works’ website for the schedule since it's different on weekdays and weekends. Some common events that go on include farmers’ markets, garden markets, children’s program… etc. Not to mention that there’s also bike rentals for anyone who would like to explore the trails. One of the popular trails nearby is the Beltline trail. Here are some views from it.

This time, my friend also took me for a walk closer to Brick Works, and we found an abandoned train track! Even if you don't want to take the risk, the view from the mini hill is also breathtaking! For shutterbugs like me, Brick works is a perfect spot to sharpen your photography skills! (Did you catch my little pun?)

If you happen to get hungry while you’re at Brick works, there’s a restaurant for you to grab a bite or to sit down and rest a bit. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to visit this time, but check out their seasonal menus! They also have a long list of drinks to stay hydrated for your walk/hike!

3. Off The Hook
My friend and I then headed back to Broadview station for fish ‘n chips! We chose to visit Off the Hook, I mean, it obviously caught our attention with that quirky name. It’s a small restaurant with a lot of options just for fish ‘n chips. Your typical fish ‘n chips place only allows you to choose your type of fish, but this place has a customizable menu.

To build your own fish ‘n chips plate, you need to pick one for each of the following components:

  • Fish
  • Batter
  • Dipping sauce
  • Side
  • Coleslaw

If you know me, I’m incredibly indecisive, so I had the hardest time picking, but I was quite pleased with my choices. My friend ordered her plate with an original approach: halibut in organic house batter, with tartar, fresh cut fries and creamy coleslaw. I took a little crazy approach and tried to be adventurous: artic char (the fish of the day) in organic Cajun batter, with jalapeno ranch, sweet potato fries (+ $2 but came with chipotle mayo), and creamy coleslaw. Overall the fishes were a bit greasy in our opinion, but it is expected for fish ‘n chips. One thing we both enjoyed are the dipping sauces, if you choose the right pairing, you can be surprised! And to top it off if you want a drink, they have a variety of wine and craft beer.

4. La Diperie
To end off the night, we walked further east to try La Diperie. La Diperie originated from Montreal with four locations. Once again, I was challenged by the many choices I had to make. To make an order, there are three steps as they demonstrate with the menus:

1.       Choose a cone/ice cream size
2.       Choose a dip (+ $1)
3.       Choose a topping (+ $0.50)

As you can see, the options are limitless. I stood there for a very long time before I could decide what to get, not to mention the number of times I changed my mind. My final decision came to be a small cone dipped in praline hazelnut and topped with almonds. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too sweet! The downside was my cone started melting almost immediately I got it in my hand, but I still snapped a picture!

So… what do you think about this little one day trip? There are so much to explore just within the city of Toronto!

Broadview Espresso 817 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2P9
Evergreen Brick Works 550 Bayview Ave #300, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8
Off The Hook 749 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 2P6
La Diperie 372 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 1P