Located in downtown Toronto, Baldwin village has been a hub for commercial stores, restaurants, and cultural events for years now. Despite its eclectic atmosphere and the variety of shops and stores that have been serving the “student ghetto,” Baldwin Village is not as popular as one would imagine.
Its streets and location and even its population give the village an isolated and separated feel from the crowded city, and truly takes you out of the downtown mindset, into a much more relaxing and comfortable village experience. Mainly situated between Beverley and McCaul streets, there is a variety of Chinese, Korean, European, and Indian foods spread through the village, as well as galleries, cafes, record stores, health food stores, and many others.
Most people flee to Baldwin Village after a day at the AGO or some classes at OCAD or just to grab lunch if they live in the neighbourhood, and many students do. The student population in the village truly invigorates the environment — especially on warm days, where the streets of the village just never seem to die. This can also be said about Kuni Sushi Ya, the all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant on 20 Baldwin St. For just 23 dollars, this place offers some of the best sushi in town that you can enjoy on a delightful patio directly on Baldwin St. as the day slowly drifts by.
Food, however, is not all you can enjoy in the village. After you have basked in the weather and rested after your meal, you can go check out the Bau-Xi galleries just South of the village on Dundas St. Recognized as one of the best art galleries in Canada, Bau-Xi has everything from great artwork to sculptures and is truly inspirational to visit.
If you’re looking for a place for a date, a place to eat, or just somewhere to walk around and enjoy the atmosphere, Baldwin Village should definitely be on your to-do list. Its vibe is unique to the area and won’t be found in Kensington, the Annex, the St. Lawrence Market, or anywhere else in Toronto. And anyone who enjoys Baldwin Village as much as I do will definitely love to see it flourish and become a hotspot in our lovely town.