Little Portugal serves as the historical core of Portuguese settlement in Canada. Immigration in the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s saw the growth of the neighbourhood blossom, beginning families and new careers in Canada.
One of the most visible ethnic neighbourhoods in Toronto, Little Portugal celebrates the identity of it’s roots with shops that specialize in regional cuisines, baked goods, ceramics, fabrics and even custom furniture and fabrication. Home as well to locations of two major rival bakeries, Nova Era and Caldense, Torontonians flock to sample specialties such as the Pasteis de Nata, a Portuguese custard tart. Buoyed by the relatively recent arrival of immigrants from Brazil, China, Vietnam, and other Portuguese speaking nations, as well as urban professionals, Little Portugal is currently going through another evolution of it’s identity.
A wave of restaurants, galleries, and clothing shops have entered the neighbourhood in the last ten years, diversifying the image of the area and reflecting the expansion of the Queen St West neighbourhood up Ossington Ave.