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
East Side Social
An oyster bar and seafood restaurant that originally opened as a Maritimes themed restaurant. It has now expanded to include coastal cuisines in Mexico and Peru so you can eat ceviche and fish tacos alongside chowder.
Chef Lynn Crawford of Ruby Watchco 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 Skin +Bones to see what the fuss is about.
Popular and often draws big crowds. People come to Ceili Cottage for the oysters but don’t miss out on the sticky toffee pudding.
A renovated gas station, Leslieville Pumps has a full kitchen and turned into a great place to get late night curry.
Ed’s Real Scoop
Twelve years in the neighbourhood, Ed’s Real Scoop is the best homemade ice cream and gelato joint in the city.
A great Italian restaurant named after an Italian racing legend, Ascari Enoteca draws crowds on Mondays for industry night with half-priced wine.
The Comrade/Goods & Provisions
The Comrade/Goods and Provisions are 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.
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. You can follow her on Instagram @ayngelina.