Leslieville / Queen East
One of the most sought after areas to reside in Toronto, Queen St. East is a thriving residential neighbourhood just east of downtown that counts young families, creative-types, and first-time home owners among its primary residents.
Despite its proximity to downtown, the beautiful tree-lined streets mark an area of Toronto that feels more like a quaint village. Bordered by The Beaches to the east, Riverdale and Greektown to the north, Leslieville is known as one of the hippest spots in the city. Trendy eateries, vintage furniture and design shops, specialty groceries, and high end yoga studios can all be found in the heart of the neighbourhood The New York Times declared the new Queen West.
And if, like everyone else in Toronto, you’re brunch obsessed, this is the epicenter of all things egg. From Lady Marmalade’s always packed house to Bonjour Brioche’s delectable pastries, people travel from all over the city to experience the best in breakfast. Beyond brunch, this stretch of Queen St East is also filled with notable independent coffee houses.
Some favourite local haunts include The Leslieville Cheese Market for, you guessed it, cheese and gourmet foods, Gadabout for vintage finds, Goods and Provisions for a classy cocktail, CrossFit Toronto for keeping fit, The 10 Spot to get beautified, and Ruby Watchco for Chef Lynn Crawford’s award winning cuisine. And, with many West-end restaurants like Pizza Libretto and La Carnita moving east, you may never need to cross Yonge Street again.
Convenience doesn’t just come in the form of food, either. With 24-hour streetcars at your doorstep, the Bloor-Danforth subway line a few blocks away, and the DVP to the west, Leslieville is easily accessible to all parts of the city.
Relatively new in the urban landscape, the neighbourhood was restored almost 40 years ago from its predominantly industrial beginnings. Now, with new condo developments, beautifully renovated houses, and film studios taking over most of the warehouses, it has quickly become the number one buy-in spot – and the bidding wars speak for themselves.
And expect this hood to get even hotter with the impending redesign of Riverdale Square at Queen and Broadview, which includes a high-end hotel plus condos.
A thriving neighbourhood amongst young families, Queen East boasts some of the city’s top-rated alternative schools and French programs. Several multi-use parks provide excellent green space for the kids and the pets, including one of Toronto’s largest, Withrow Park, where you’ll find the city’s best farmers market.
Overall, Leslieville is a hip, convenient, and family friendly neighbourhood that takes the true pride in creating a community.