About The Neighbourhood
Historically home to many Italian multigenerational families, Davenport Village is becoming a hotspot for young couples and young families. That said, the neighbourhood’s heritage is alive and well thanks to the presence of shops and cafés that have been around for years, where you’ll frequently spot friendly older residents enjoying a morning or afternoon coffee.
Due to the rising demand and cost of urban homes, the Davenport Village enclave, with its more affordable pricing, is attracting many first-time buyers looking for an urban home. With short streets stretching to its southern boundary, it actually evokes the feel of a small town. Be prepared for all your neighbours to know your name!
Take a stroll along Davenport Road and you’ll see a number of independent restaurants and coffee shops popping up, including Dante’s Inferno, BOB Coffee Bar and The Sovereign Espresso Bar. It’s only a matter of time until others join them, which is great news for the neighbourhood.
With Regal Heights and Wychwood just north of Davenport Village, access to parks and recreational facilities is only a short walk or bike ride away. If you don’t feel like climbing the Davenport hill though, you’ll find plenty of parking in both of these neighbourhoods.
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East: Bathurst Street
West: Lansdowne Avenue
North: Davenport Road
South: CP Rail tracks
McMurrich Junior Public School
115 Winona Drive
Hillcrest Community School
44 Hilton Avenue
Regal Road Junior Public School
95 Regal Road
Winona Drive Senior School
101 Winona Drive
Oakwood Collegiate Institute
991 St. Clair Avenue West
St. Mary of the Angels Catholic School
1477 Dufferin Street
St. Bruno Catholic School
402 Melita Crescent
21 Ascot Avenue
St. Michael’s College School
1515 Bathurst Street
free_breakfast Coffee Shops:
- BOB Coffee Bar
- The Sovereign Espresso Bar
Bus routes along Davenport Road, Oakwood Avenue and Dufferin Street connect residents with the St. Clair streetcar, as well as the Dufferin, Christie and Dupont subway stations.
By car, Davenport Village is just 10 minutes from downtown if you take Ossington Avenue or Dufferin Street, two less-frequently travelled routes. Get to know the side streets through areas to the south like Christie Pits, Bickford Park and Little Italy, and you could probably shorten your morning commute by a few minutes. Heading east or west? Davenport Road makes for a straightforward drive.
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Coffee In The Hood
BOB Coffee Bar08.27.2017
In what seems like an overnight transformation, the southwest corner of Davenport and Christie, has morphed from a local variety store, to what is now a neighbourhood favourite for hot and cold coffee beverages. BOB Coffee Bar has quickly touched the hearts and taste buds of Davenport Village and Hillcrest residents alike. And more recently, these same residents have frequented this chic coffee bar for a late afternoon or evening alcoholic beverage, with its acquisition of a liquor license to serve beer and wine. BOB’s, as it is more commonly referred to, is located at the eastern end of Davenport Village. Another indie establishment, The Sovereign, commands the west side of the Village. BOB is a welcome addition to a neighbourhood that seems to consistently present pleasant surprises to the gentrifying residential area below the Davenport escarpment. We continue to see smaller coffee shops and take-out restaurants popping up along the Davenport stretch and we will surely enjoy more culinary additions, as young families are purchasing starter and step-up homes in this fabulous central Toronto neighbourhood. Davenport Village is one of my top neighbourhoods to watch in midtown Toronto. As is stated on the wall at BOB’s, “In Bob We Trust” --- and trust we do, as BOB has brought us superb coffee and a great spot to work, or to meet and chat with friends. The atmosphere is casual, relaxed and fun. The staff are happy, helpful and love chatting with neighbourhood residents. I tend to stick to my usual americano or latte, however, the specialty “treat” drinks like the Bad Ass Hot Cocoa, a well-proportioned mix of milk, cocoa, freshly shaved cinnamon and nutmeg, topped off with a few marshmallows. It is sure to bring you back - over and over again. Petite Thuet and Dufflet supply wonderful desserts that are delicious, and perfect for a #foodiegram. You will also find several great sandwich options, if you are looking for a quick bite. Be sure to stop in at BOB’s and enjoy the great coffee and atmosphere. Time to hit the road – meeting some clients for a couple of Sunday afternoon showings. -torontoyourway BOB Coffee Bar - 440 Christie StreetRead More
Coffee In The Hood
It’s Monday morning and I just dropped my daughter off at daycare without a hitch – now that’s a rarity on a Monday --- we are off to a great start to the week. I decide to knock off some of my morning tasks at The Sovereign Cafe on Davenport. This espresso bar has become a local favourite in the 4 years it's been open. The Sovereign is a great gathering place in the Davenport Village neighbourhood, an area that has continued to gentrify over the past 10 years. The takeout location is located just around the corner at the bottom of Oakwood Avenue right at Davenport. It is amazing that they can sustain two locations within a 5-minute walk of one another – it’s a testament to the quality of their products and service and the true support that their local customers give them. At around 8:20AM a stream of regular’s pop in for their morning espresso-based drinks. As the neighbourhood regulars step through the door these baristas are “on” their orders. I got my regular, a Double Americano, which is up there as one of my favourites in the city. I also treated myself to a Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin, which was still warm and oozing chocolate – this is one you shouldn’t miss. The Sovereign is just one of those places where you can easily get used to coming back every day. Good Company, Good Food, Great Coffee. If you have time to stop by on the weekend, be sure to try out their weekend brunch. I will see you again soon @Sovereigncafe. -torontoyourway The Sovereign Esspreso Bar - 1359 Davenport Road The Sovereign Cafe (Take-out) - 1A Oakwood AvenueRead More