Tucked away on Spadina Road, just north of St. Clair Avenue West, is the strip known as Forest Hill Village. This narrow stretch of charming shops, restaurants, and boutiques always reminds me that Toronto is a city of villages. There’s a lot to experience along this little stretch, but here are just five reasons to make the trip to the posh Forest Hill Village.
427 Spadina Road | www.typebooks.ca
Type Books is an independent bookshop carrying a broad selection of titles — fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, coffee-table and more. At the back of the store is a well-stocked children’s section with an impressive selection of books — from board to picture books, right up to young adult fiction. The shop also hosts book launches and signings. Both you and the young ones will enjoy getting lost in the written word here.
Mashu Mashu Mediterranean Grill
387 Spadina Road | www.mashumashu.ca
Specializing in authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, Mashu Mashu is one of the neighbourhood’s busiest dining spots. With loads of seating, it’s a perfect spot to arrange a meet-up with friends and other families. Don’t let the word “grill” fool you; there is plenty on offer for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Lunch and dinner menus feature favourites such as falafel with tahini, hummus and pita, babaganoush and much more. Their appetizer combo platters allow you to sample a variety of flavours. The children’s menu includes hearty kid-friendly meals. Breakfast is served Thursday to Sunday, from 8 am to 3 pm. Take out and catering are also available.
417 Spadina Road | www.cobsbread.com
Known for their “from-scratch” approach to baked goods, Cobs serves up fresh baked goods daily. Products are made from raw ingredients in the store each day. You won’t find day-old breads here. At the end of the day, anything that doesn’t sell is donated to charity. And if that’s not enough to make you feel good about your daily bread, the traditional breads are made with no added preservatives or sugar. The selection at Cobs Bread is astounding: Whole grain, Cape Seed and Country Grain breads, to name a few. Then there are the pastries: croissants (sweet or savory), danishes and cinnamon rolls. Oh, the cinnamon rolls!
417 Spadina Road | www.trackfitness.com
In bright, yet intimate workout studios, this boutique fitness club offers a variety of intense fitness programs developed by owner and fitness guru, Larry Track. One-on-one personal training, spin classes and the trademark treadmill-based Circuit 60 classes, as well as Jock Yoga and the Think Naked program, offer a variety of challenging and engaging fitness options. Fresh protein shakes, juices and salads are available to fuel your workout, and quality workout gear is sold in the shop. Your first visit is free.
The Village Chill
325B Lonsdale Road | 416-481-2117
What village is complete without a local ice cream shop? Just off Spadina Road, on Lonsdale Road, The Village Chill serves up a great selection of ice cream, frozen yogurt, milk shakes, sundaes and more. You can enjoy their handmade, premium ice cream through the warmer months and into the fall. They’ll be open right into the Christmas season this year.
There are so many reasons to visit Forest Hill Village. Check it out, then let us know yours.