King West Village

Location: Bounded at the north by King Street West, the west by Dufferin Street, the south by the Gardiner Expressway, the east by Strachan Avenue.

Once a gritty industrial zone, King West Village has been reborn as the chic, dynamic cousin of trendy Queen Street West. Historic factory buildings still dot the area, many converted to unique residential and commercial spaces.

Foodies will delight in the gastronomic variety of King West Village, including two restaurants created by Canadian chef and international culinary star Susur Lee. This neighbourhood is also a creative hotbed filled with galleries and artists’ studios.

For those keeping fit while on holiday, the area offers excellent recreational facilities just a short streetcar ride from downtown. Trinity Bellwoods, one of the largest local parks, features a community fitness centre and marked trails with stunning views of Toronto’s skyline. And don’t miss a sunset walk along Lake Ontario under the sheltering trees of nearby Coronation Park.

Come evening, residents of King West Village enliven a host of stylish bars and restaurants. Despite its hipster status, the neighbourhood has a reputation for friendliness. For a taste of local history, belly up to the bar for a pint at the famous Wheat Sheaf Tavern, a local fixture for more than 150 years.

West Village is minutes from downtown via the King streetcar. You can also take the Bathurst streetcar south from Bathurst subway station on the Bloor-Danforth line to reach the heart of this happening neighbourhood.