Karen Lloyd is a Queen East scribe who fancies gritty dive bars, street meat smothered in French’s mustard and hanging out at dog parks. In addition to writing twisted non-fiction about her neighbourhood for The Local Rap, Karen also specializes in digital marketing, website design, food photography and social media.
Yup, it’s true. Riverside is officially rocking the Ray Eames. Arne Jacobsen, Mies van der Rohe. Countless designers with a mid-century mindset adorn Toronto’s Queen Street East furniture shops. If you love home decor with a vintage twist, here are a few places to check out in Leslieville and Riverside. [Image credit: iStock.com/sergeyryzhov]
There’s no end to the professional beauty services available in Toronto’s ever-changing Leslieville and Riverside neighbourhoods. Whether you’re looking for a pre-party pedi, bikini wax, an enzyme peel or a cutting edge hairstyle to ring in the new year, the east end has it all, for both men and women. [Feature image: Fuzz Waxbar]
Some of Toronto's best baguettes, breads and butter tarts are baked in the east end, their heavenly aromas pouring out of the oven and onto the bustling Queen Street East strip. Other bakeries in Riverside and Leslieville feel like true hidden gems, tucked up side streets that only the locals frequent. Here are the spots to visit on the east side. [Feature image: Bobbette & Belle]
Whether you’re craving gourmet pizza, pad Thai or pork-stuffed burritos, there is no shortage of good grub you can get delivered to your front door in South Riverdale. East enders can choose from Italian, Japanese, Indian, Chinese or straight-up North American cuisine that is sure to satisfy every tastebud. Bonus: Most restaurants on this list offer generous portions and vegan options. [Feature image: Hey Meatball]
Let’s face it: Dads are near impossible to buy gifts for. Here are some of the best places in city to make your Christmas shopping a less stressful and way more fun, whether your pop is into art or entertaining, hunting, fishing or listening to the music he loves. Don’t buy him the same pair of socks this year. Surprise him with something unique, like a custom t-shirt, a new album or a colourful box of fishing lures.
Leslieville and its little sister Riverside are popping up as a couple of the hippest hoods in Toronto’s fashion scene. Queen Street, east of the DVP, is brimming with modern and retro fashion houses that are packed full of style and have a little something for everyone, no matter what your personal taste is calling for.
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