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Neighbourhood: Leslieville

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

Transit: Coxwell subway station, then 22 bus southbound or Queen subway station then 501 streetcar east.

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This neighbourhood is a favourite of Torontonians and tourists alike for 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 or imaginative cuisine. As for nightlife, Leslieville is full of hidden gems around every corner. Pubs, martini bars and clubs provide you with many ways to fill your evening.

Historically Toronto’s “Film District,” the streets of this east end neighbourhood are 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.

For some cultural flair, head over to the Gerrard India Bazaar (aka Little India), located in the neighbourhood’s northeast corner. The commercial centre of Toronto’s south Asian community offers deals on imported silks and fabrics amidst a backdrop of exotic scents and sounds.

View a slideshow of Instagram posts from Leslieville and Gerrard India Bazaar:

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