A guide to Toronto neighbourhoods

December 5, 2016

by YP Contributor

Lucky for us locals, we’re in no short supply of thriving, lively neighbourhoods in #the6ix. The following is a list of five locales to stay next time you’re in TO, and where to eat, shop and play while in the hood. [Image credit: iStock.com/ldoan]

A guide to Toronto neighbourhoods

The Annex

The Annex is located along Bloor Street from Bathurst to Spadina, and it’s a beloved, bustling, and student-filled hood full of bars, bakeries, and wealthy baby boomers.

For some fine food and drink, try:


If you are looking for a laid-back, family-friendly area to park your pack, check out Leslieville, located in the east end of Toronto. Start your day with a home-roasted flat white at Te Aro Coffee Roasters or a fresh almond croissant from Brick Street Bakery. Next, nibble on some Brie samples at the Leslieville Cheese Market, then pop by Queen East’s Arts Market, where you will find different vendors selling everything from restored and reclaimed furniture to hand-crafted Pokemon bath bombs. If you’re in the market for kids apparel, drop by Baby on the Hip for locally made, fair trade-focused clothing or Bumbleberry Kids for high-quality second hand gear.

The Beaches

The Beaches, also known as the Beach (though this is a highly contested topic) is another east Toronto oasis, located from the end of the Queen streetcar loop.

Food and drink offerings include:

Other recommendations:

  • Take a stroll along Lake Ontario on the boardwalk, which connects (by both boardwalk and bike lane) to the Waterfront trail.
  • Visit the lighthouse at Gibraltar Point and bask in the balmy beaches all along the lakefront.
  • Hit up a flick at the independently owned, charmingly derelict Fox Theatre.

If you’re looking for unique neighbourhoods to explore, Toronto has them in spades. Whether you are enjoying the view of Lake Ontario from our sandy beaches or having late nights drinks in the middle of Liberty Village, our city has a hood to suit every style.

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