Welcome to Leslieville
By Ayngelina Brogan | @Ayngelina
Although Toronto’s East end is often closer than some of the more popular West neighbourhoods there is a bit of a mental block, especially as you need to cross the bridge to visit Riverside and Leslieville. But the East End in Toronto has so much to offer.
A year ago I burnt out from my nomadic lifestyle and decided to move back to Toronto, a city so diverse it is perfect for a traveler. Living in Leslieville/Riverside is like being in a small town in the city. People know their neighbours and feel it’s important to support local, independent businesses.
Featured East-End Businesses
One of the more amusing things I have noticed is that nearly everyone in the neighbourhood has asked me if I have met their friend Rachel who is part owner of The Avro. Although technically in Riverside, this small bar seems to be the heart of Leslieville and has fantastic events like the weekly bring your own vinyl night and Well Preserved’s monthly Home Ec night.
A popular local with a newly revamped menu, there’s a Saturday night dance party with 90s hip hop and dance tracks.
A neighbourhood institution, this diner is not for dieters with gigantic burgers. Oddly enough you can order bacon and cheddar on the veggie burger.
Chef Lynn Crawford serves one set dinner each night. I hate restaurants with long menus so this extreme is perfect for me.
Skin + Bones
This new wine bar has been getting so much buzz even West Enders are coming over to see what the fuss is about.
Popular and often draws big crowds. People come for the oysters but don’t miss out on the sticky toffee pudding.
This renovated gas station has a full kitchen and turned into a great place to get late night curry.
Ed’s Real Scoop
Twelve years in the neighbourhood, the best homemade ice cream and gelato joint in the city.
A great Italian restaurant named after an Italian racing legend, it draws crowds on Mondays for industry night with half-priced wine.
The Comrade/Goods & Provisions
Brother and sister bars. The Comrade is cozy with exposed brick, vintage posters and most importantly, great bourbon. Goods and Provisions has oysters, Korean fried chicken and most importantly, great bourbon.
Known for its best westerns, you could walk by this greasy spoon without a second glance but it’s a neighbourhood favourite with great value.
About the Author
With a decade working in the advertising industry, Ayngelina Brogan left a great job, boyfriend, apartment and friends to find inspiration in Latin America. Now a social media and marketing consultant, she runs the travel site Bacon is Magic, which consistently ranks in top independent travel sites, is a founding member of the Navigate Media Group and the Professional Travel Bloggers Association.