Welcome to Corso Italia-Davenport
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Considered by many to be Toronto’s “second” Little Italy neighbourhood, Corso-Italia-Davenport is a lively area with plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. The neighbourhood was settled by waves of Italian immigrants who came to Toronto in the 1950s, and is also home to many Portuguese, Vietnamese and Chinese families. This west-end midtown community has a familiar downtown feel along its main streets, with easy access to its surrounding neighbourhoods. It’s a healthy mix of middle and upper-class families, apartment buildings and detached homes, with plenty of green space.
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Corso Italia-Davenport has many well-established shops and eateries, and is a great neighbourhood to spend an afternoon walking its streets during the warmer months. Stop into local favourite La Paloma for some of the best gelato in the city (coupled with an espresso, of course), then cross the street and take a stroll along the winding paths of Prospect Cemetery. There are plenty of local restaurants and shops along the community’s main St.Clair strip, from antique shops to tattoo parlours. Earlscourt Park at the southwest quadrant is a sport’s lovers dream with plenty of well-lit multipurpose sport and track fields, a volleyball court, off-leash dog park and playground.
The region is made up of several smaller communities, including the affluent Regal Heights to the south east. The slope of the Davenport escarpment gives residents excellent views of downtown Toronto, while the large detached houses reflect some of the city’s finest examples of turn-of-the-century architecture. This was also the home of famed Toronto mayor Nathan Phillips.
The St.Clair streetcar runs along the community’s main road, and takes passengers to two subway stations to the east. Two reliable bus routes (Lansdowne and Dufferin) travel north-south, and the community is walkable for those interested in exploring. Oakwood Collegiate Institute is a 100-year-old public high school with some well-known graduates (including members of seminal Toronto indie rock band Broken Social Scene). A handful of other catholic and public schools are scattered around the neighbourhood. Smaller convenience and independent grocers are easy to find throughout the community, with larger chains just outside the periphery.