Location: Bloor Street West, between Avenue Road and Bathurst Street

Transit: Bathurst Station

Bohemia and academe meet head on in this lively downtown community surrounding the University of Toronto. Stretching for a kilometre along Bloor Street West between its intersections with Bathurst and Spadina, the Annex offers visitors an intoxicating blend of beautiful old homes, art galleries, theatres, beatnik coffee shops, bookstores, discount stores, restaurants and bars.

It’s a great place to idle away a few hours during the day, browsing through the terrific book and music stores, and all kinds of clothing, antique and giftware stores. Don’t miss Honest Ed’s, the eclectic landmark discount store founded by the late philanthropist Ed Mirvish, or the nearby Mirvish Village.

When evening falls, the Annex turns into one of the busiest, hippest areas of town, with people flocking from all over the city to the many restaurants, bars and patios offering food and drink from all around the world – with a pulsating soundtrack provided by the many venues offering live music. It is a great example of Toronto’s diversity at its very best.