Songbird & Leaf's Guide to London ON

Adam

Songbird & Leaf's Guide to London ON

Family or Locally Owned Restaurants
Adam's absolute favourite place in the city. Family run and a London institution for nearly 20 years. Traditional Ethiopian cuisine... be prepared to eat with your hands!
Addis Ababa Restaurant
465 Dundas St
Adam's absolute favourite place in the city. Family run and a London institution for nearly 20 years. Traditional Ethiopian cuisine... be prepared to eat with your hands!
Don't let the décor fool you, this off the beaten path gem has the best Latin food in the city. Not feeling tacos or pupusas? Try their hearty soup.
Lo Nuestro Latin Restaurant
772 Hamilton Road
Don't let the décor fool you, this off the beaten path gem has the best Latin food in the city. Not feeling tacos or pupusas? Try their hearty soup.
Eclectic and quirky spot for great breakfasts and brunch
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The Bag Lady Variety
474 Pall Mall St
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Eclectic and quirky spot for great breakfasts and brunch
Nestled in the Covent Market, the New Delhi Deli offers great West Indian fare.
New Delhi Deli Inc
130 King Street
Nestled in the Covent Market, the New Delhi Deli offers great West Indian fare.
Delicious roti and Trini doubles
Caribbean Stove PickUp
205 Wellington Street
Delicious roti and Trini doubles
Yasmine's-Authentic Lebanese Cuisine
1737 Richmond Street
Eastern European fare with a robust international beer list.
Marienbad Restaurant
122 Carling Street
Eastern European fare with a robust international beer list.
Another London institution. No frills décor but absolutely delicious Vietnamese. #78 is Adam's favourite.
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Vietnam Restaurant
1074 Dundas St
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Another London institution. No frills décor but absolutely delicious Vietnamese. #78 is Adam's favourite.
Aptly named, Hot Oven Bureks offers delicious phyllo wrapped meat and spinach/cheese pies. Takeout only. We go heavy on the sour cream. Yum!
Hot Oven
130 King Street
Aptly named, Hot Oven Bureks offers delicious phyllo wrapped meat and spinach/cheese pies. Takeout only. We go heavy on the sour cream. Yum!
Craving dumplings, and only dumplings? This is your jam.
So Inviting
876 Dundas St
Craving dumplings, and only dumplings? This is your jam.
YOU (Youth Opportunities Unlimited) is unique. They give marginalized youth a second chance through geared training. One of their social enterprise initiatives, the YOU Made It Cafe has a rotating menu of light fare. Their jams and preserves are really really good! (Personal favourite: spicy 4 pepper jelly)
YOU Made It Café
332 Richmond Street
YOU (Youth Opportunities Unlimited) is unique. They give marginalized youth a second chance through geared training. One of their social enterprise initiatives, the YOU Made It Cafe has a rotating menu of light fare. Their jams and preserves are really really good! (Personal favourite: spicy 4 pepper jelly)
Fine / Upscale Dining
Traditional Italian
La Casa
117 King St
Traditional Italian
Modern Italian, great wine list
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Abruzzi
119 King St
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Modern Italian, great wine list
Modern fusion
Grace
215 Dundas Street
Modern fusion
Ask for Andrew's famous duck fat perogies... even if they aren't on the menu.
Craft Farmacy
449 Wharncliffe Rd S
Ask for Andrew's famous duck fat perogies... even if they aren't on the menu.
Another London institution. Great wine list, delicious food; perfect to take clients for a dinner meeting or for a lovely night out with your special someone.
The Springs Restaurant
310 Springbank Dr
Another London institution. Great wine list, delicious food; perfect to take clients for a dinner meeting or for a lovely night out with your special someone.
Bakeries
Best pain au chocolat you'll have. Ever. Ask Tabitha what's good today.
La Noisette Bakery
900 Oxford St E
Best pain au chocolat you'll have. Ever. Ask Tabitha what's good today.
Skip the coffee and go straight for the custard tarts (Pastel de nata). The shrimp cakes (Rissóis de Camarão) are a personal favourite. Great ryes and Portuguese breads.
Nova Era Bakery
460 Egerton St
Skip the coffee and go straight for the custard tarts (Pastel de nata). The shrimp cakes (Rissóis de Camarão) are a personal favourite. Great ryes and Portuguese breads.
Coffee
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10Eighteen
1018 Dundas St
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Serving Pilot brand coffee out of Toronto. Knowledgeable staff and good coffee.
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Locomotive Espresso
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Serving Pilot brand coffee out of Toronto. Knowledgeable staff and good coffee.
Bright, acidic and locally roasted (Kitchener) espressos. Bright airy environment. They're also licensed to sell wines that are not in the LCBO.
Reset Social Cafe
503 Talbot Street
Bright, acidic and locally roasted (Kitchener) espressos. Bright airy environment. They're also licensed to sell wines that are not in the LCBO.
Fire Roasted Coffee Co.
630 Dundas St
Great coffee, light fare and even better donuts (Boxcar).
CommonWealth Coffee Co.
478 Richmond St
Great coffee, light fare and even better donuts (Boxcar).
Hiking & Nature
Longer hiking trails on a man-made lake. Canoes and kayaks are available to rent.
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Fanshawe Conservation Area
1424 Clarke Rd
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Longer hiking trails on a man-made lake. Canoes and kayaks are available to rent.
Medway Valley Heritage Forest
Short trails that are great for day or night hikes. Can be in and out in an hour.
Meadowlily Woods Trail
35-65 Meadowlily Rd S
Short trails that are great for day or night hikes. Can be in and out in an hour.
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Westminster Ponds
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35 minutes from London. One of our favourite hiking spots. If you're in town during the spring, check out the sandbanks for flocks of swan families.
Komoka Provincial Park
503 Gideon Dr
35 minutes from London. One of our favourite hiking spots. If you're in town during the spring, check out the sandbanks for flocks of swan families.
Local Markets
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Covent Garden Market
130 King St
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Western fair Market
900 King Street
20 minutes outside of London, and only open on Saturdays. A mix of local farmers and grocers who serve the rural areas outside London. Feeling adventurous? Check out the livestock auctions in the spring and summer.
Trails End Market
4370 Dundas Street
20 minutes outside of London, and only open on Saturdays. A mix of local farmers and grocers who serve the rural areas outside London. Feeling adventurous? Check out the livestock auctions in the spring and summer.
The Hungary Butcher
892 Dundas St
Breweries & Pubs
Comfortable and traditional styled pub. Great international beer list. Service is always great; one of our personal favourites.
Chaucer's Pub
122 Carling St
Comfortable and traditional styled pub. Great international beer list. Service is always great; one of our personal favourites.
Popular with the tech crowd in London, Milo's curation of Canadian microbreweries is expansive.
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Milos' Craft Beer Emporium
420 Talbot St
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Popular with the tech crowd in London, Milo's curation of Canadian microbreweries is expansive.
Storm Stayed Brewing Company
169 Wharncliffe Rd S
One of the first microbrews in London. Their cream ale is nothing short of delicious.
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Anderson Craft Ales
1030 Elias St
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One of the first microbrews in London. Their cream ale is nothing short of delicious.
Once the infamous Jim Bob Ray's, Toboggan Brewing now boasts great stouts and wood-oven pizzas. There are other beers on taps, but we really do love their stouts.
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Toboggan Brewing Company
585 Richmond St
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Once the infamous Jim Bob Ray's, Toboggan Brewing now boasts great stouts and wood-oven pizzas. There are other beers on taps, but we really do love their stouts.
Full disclosure, not quite a brewery and we've not had a chance to visit. Our friends rave about the place and we'd love to hear what you think.
Union Ten Distillery
656 Dundas St
Full disclosure, not quite a brewery and we've not had a chance to visit. Our friends rave about the place and we'd love to hear what you think.
Forked River Brewing Company
45 Pacific Ct
From the people who brought you Silver Stacks Brewery (Tobermory) comes Powerhouse. Solid selection, great service.
Powerhouse Brewing Company
100 Kellogg Lane
From the people who brought you Silver Stacks Brewery (Tobermory) comes Powerhouse. Solid selection, great service.
Beerlab!
420 Talbot Street
Dundas & Sons Brewing Company
400 Adelaide Street North