Unlike Little Italy and Koreatown, Little Portugal didn't really get its name for having a ton of Portuguese businesses along a strip. Instead, it's actually a neighbourhood of a whole bunch of Portuguese people, plus a recent influx of Brazilians. In fact, about half of the people who live in this neighbourhood west of downtown Toronto are actually Portuguese – for now. Like many other neighbourhoods near downtown, it seems even Little Portugal is susceptible to a touch of gentrification with some hip independent businesses along College and on Dundas.
Seniors and families of Portuguese and Brazilian descent, as well as some newer residents of the urban professional persuasion.
Seniors wanting to live in low-rise apartments or small homes with space for a little garden, as well as families and young couples.
People looking for big houses on big lots – there are pretty much none in Little Portugal. Students might find the area expensive.
Life in Little Portugal is centred around food and family get-togethers, especially for the old timers who make up a big proportion of the community that lives here. Dundas Street is the heart of the community and the location of most of the restaurants, bars, markets and bakeries that form Little Portugal's business district, and the old timers can be seen hanging around on nice afternoons, perched in rickety old chairs in front of a cafe and watching people go by. A few of the seniors who live in Little Portugal have small gardens in front of their homes. The younger crowd, on the other hand, comes out a little later in the day for dinners at one of dozens of great joints serving Portuguese fare and then indulge in a few drinks at a local bar playing Fado music or top 40 tunes.
Renting in Little Portugal is affordable for smaller units with one bedroom or less, but bigger places come at a higher cost. Most of the homes in the neighbourhood are low-rise apartment buildings, although there are still quite a few small but nice detached homes. Many residents of Little Portugal have lived here for years, making many occupants homeowners, but there are usually good rentals available on the market.
Avg. rent compared to other Toronto neighbourhoods
Little Portugal is 7% lower than TO average
Dundas Street is the destination for an evening out in Little Portugal. For great Portuguese food, there's Bairrada Churrasqueira, the Black Hoof and Chiado. Kids and teens hang around at Mary McCormick Recreation Centre on Brock, which has a pool, arena, gym and educational programs. There are three public schools and a Catholic school within Little Portugal's borders.