Location: East of the Don River bounded by the Canadian National railway line and Gerrard St. to the north, Empire Avenue to the west, Eastern Avenue to south, and Coxwell Avenue to the east.

For many years Leslieville played second fiddle to trendy hotspots like Queen Street West and College Street’s Little Italy. Today, this neighbourhood is a favourite of Torontonians and tourists alike with some of the hippest places to dine, drink, shop and live. An infusion of superb bistros has created a vibrant restaurant scene known as the place to go for brunch and imaginative cuisine. As for its nightlife, Leslieville is full of hidden gems around every corner. Pubs, martini bars, clubs and everything in between provide you with many ways to fill your evening.

Historically home to the Film District, you’ll find the streets of this east end neighbourhood populated by quaint shops, including a number of vintage furniture stores. Once a well-kept secret of local set designers, Leslieville is the perfect place to find that Danish teak side table or rustic piece for your home. While you’re on the hunt for treasures head over to the Gerrard Street India Bazaar. This commercial centre of Toronto’s EastIndian community offers deals on imported silks and fabrics within an exotic backdrop of music and scents.

Image by: Kieran Huggins