Toronto's Neighborhood Guide

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From historic districts to new age hip areas, discover all that Toronto has to offer.


Toronto is home to a multitude of dynamic neighborhoods. Regarded as one of the top ten most livable cities, Ontario’s capital has long been a popular destination, welcoming people from all corners of the globe. With everything from revered historic districts to new age hip areas, the city is an agglomeration of culture and activity.  Take a walk through some of the best neighborhoods within Toronto, and try to not fall in love with the city – we dare you...

Liberty Village


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Liberty Village is a young and bustling neighborhood, featuring both historic and modern elements of Toronto. With Victorian industrial buildings still present among new and lavish condos, Liberty Village doesn’t fall short when it comes to character. With one of the top bridge views of the iconic skyline, and a pet friendly environment, the growing area has deemed itself undeniably inviting.

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

 
 
 
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Right in the heart of the village, you’ll find the popular (read: busy) Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, featuring its famous Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes and Big Brunch Skillet among other brunch staples.

Where: 85 Hanna Ave. 

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School

 
 
 
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Take yourself back to ‘School’ at this award-winning brunch spot, housed in a cozy, restored industrial space. With its school-themed specials like The Hall Monitor and Health 101 Bowl, School is a must for brunch enthusiasts. Aside from its all-day brunch, School welcomes you to indulge in its feature cocktail program, and the fresh juices squeezed on-site daily! 

Where: 70 Fraser Ave. 

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BMO Field


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Tucked right behind Liberty Village is Toronto’s BMO Field, home to MLS Soccer Champions, Toronto FC. The 40,000 capacity stadium sits right outside of the Exhibition Place that hosts the popular ‘EX’ every summer.  

Where: 170 Princes Blvd.

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Yorkville


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Yorkville is the city’s premier neighborhood when it comes to luxurious living. With some of the most expensive properties in the city, it also features some of the most high-end restaurants and shops within. The affluent area has been called home by many celebrities, so you never know who you may come across as you explore the neighborhood.

Royal Ontario Museum

 
 
 
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The R.O.M, found right in the heart of Yorkville, happens to be Canada’s largest museum, showcasing an enticing collection of world culture, natural history, and art. The design marvel cannot be missed, as its piercing diamond architecture peeks its head over the streets of Yorkville. 

Where: 100 Queens Park

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Sotto Sotto

 
 
 
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The renowned trattoria  is a staple for those looking to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine – it’s even been referenced and visited by Toronto’s very own, Drake. The ritzy Sotto Sotto brings Italy’s charming essence to the city, featuring an extensive menu of true Italian classics.

Where: 120 Avenue Road

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Danforth


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It’s all Greek to me – or at least that’s the case in Danforth, Toronto’s east-end ‘Greektown’ neighborhood. Featuring the very best in Greek cuisine, and a family-friendly residential area, the Danforth is a true taste and representative of Toronto’s multiculturalism.

Taste of the Danforth

 
 
 
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Opa! The famous Taste of the Danforth is your very own Greek experience, with authentic food vendors, street performers, and an infectious atmosphere right out of the beautiful European country. Hosted every summer, this festival takes over the city, welcoming thousands of people to its streets to enjoy the best Greek offerings.

Where: Throughout the main street of Danforth Avenue

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Danforth Music Hall


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Having just celebrated its 100th year running, the Danforth Music Hall is one of Toronto’s historic concert venues, situated right on Danforth Avenue. Though it only holds a capacity of 1,400, it hosts cozy shows in an intimate setting.  

Where: 147 Danforth Avenue

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Queen West

 
 
 
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Situated in the Entertainment District, Queen West is an eclectic neighborhood with a wide range of styles, art, and cuisines. Arguably one of Toronto’s most happening streets, it features many street level shops and eats.  

Bell Media


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The neo-gothic heritage building is the headquarters of Bell’s television and radio broadcast hub, hosting City TV News, Much Music, and the former CHUM. People have the opportunity to sit in on live broadcasts, talk-shows, and even the publicly accessible Much Music Video Awards that features some of the biggest names in entertainment. 

Where: 299 Queen Street West

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Trinity Bellwoods Park


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Lay down a picnic blanket and waste your day away at Toronto’s 14 hectare inner-city park. The massive park has an off-leash dog area, three baseball diamonds, eight tennis courts, a playground, a pool, and an extensive picnic area.

Where: 790 Queen Street West

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Poutini’s House of Poutine

 
 
 
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Enter the magical world of poutines, in the very home of poutines themselves. At Poutini’s, you’ll watch your hunger disappear by the bite, with its impressive selection of toppings and sauces over a bed of hand-cut fries. 

Where: 1112 Queen Street West

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Queen Street Warehouse


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Imagine a restaurant where the entire menu is just one set price of $5.95. That’s right, just $5.95, for anything on the food menu. From stir fries, to pasta, and delicious burger selections, Warehouse is a must for, well, anyone. 

Where: 232 Queen Street West

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The Beaches


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The Beaches is your relaxing getaway from the roaring city life, right on the coast of Toronto’s waters. The family-friendly neighborhood, encompassing unmatched character and charm, features homes of all styles and spectrums, accompanied by a wonderful boardwalk along one of four sandy beaches. 

Woodbine Beach

 
 
 
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Experience a mini-vacay on the coast of the city, as you make your way to the largest of Toronto’s four beaches. With an extensive sand and grass area, it’s a prime destination for a day out in the sun. Despite the seasons, the boardwalk and beachfront make for a beautiful stroll any time of year. 

Where: 1675 Lakeshore Blvd East

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The Green Eggplant

 
 
 
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Step into Queen East’s quaint Green Eggplant, specializing in fresh fish, grilled sandwiches, and aged steaks, among other Mediterranean staples. You’ll instantly be greeted with complimentary pitas and dips–namely the smoky eggplant dip known as Baba Ganoush, a real treat before the mains arrive! 

Where: 2024 Queen Street East

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Kensington


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Welcome to Toronto’s most colourful neighborhood, with an enticing mix of street art, indie shops, and Victorian homes. Known mainly for its popular Kensington Market, the neighborhood attracts hundreds of people daily, no matter the season. With a wide selection of international cuisines and a hip demographic, Kensington is a lovely area worth discovering.

Kensington Market


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Situated within the bohemian neighborhood, Kensington Market features indie shops, market produce, and a wide selection of eats and treats. With street performers gracing the sidewalks year-round, your stroll will be accompanied by the authentic, raw talent that the city has to offer. 

Where: Kensington Avenue, Augusta Avenue, Baldwin Street & Nassau Street

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Chinatown


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One of the largest of its kind in all of North America, is Toronto’s energetic Chinatown running down Spadina. The open-air market has no shortage of Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese delights, with inviting smells that will have you opening this door and that.

Where: Intersections of Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West.

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The Annex


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The Annex is one of Toronto’s oldest residential areas, situated by the prestigious University of Toronto. With an abundance of independent restaurants and businesses, The Annex has become both a student-friendly and family neighbourhood, right in the center of the city’s extensive subway line. 

Madison Avenue Pub

 
 
 
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Housed within three Victorian mansions, you will find 6 British-style pubs that have become a real staple for student nightlife. Featuring $3 drinks and a party atmosphere, you will easily be immersed and acquainted within the labyrinthine layout.

Where: 14 Madison Avenue

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Annex Food Hall

 
 
 
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The Annex Food Hall stays true to its roots and heritage, featuring a collection of eateries in a warehouse-style arrangement. From its ‘Superfresh’ Bar, to popular Toronto names like PG Clucks and Mean Bao, the food hall provides you with fun drinks and worldly eats. 

Where: 384 Bloor Street West 

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Waterfront


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Considered to be the ‘fastest growing vertical neighborhood’ in the city, is the picturesque residential area right off of Toronto’s harbour. What was once a busy shipping terminal has now evolved into one of the most happening areas in the city, with gorgeous trails, street level shops, restaurants, waterside activities, and the iconic skyline before your eyes.

Mariposa Cruises

 
 
 
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Hop on Toronto’s renowned boat cruise that gives you a view and angle of Toronto like none other. With supreme hospitality and an array of cruise experiences, this is your opportunity to experience and learn about the city while venturing through Toronto’s waters.

Where: 207 Queen’s Quay West

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Rogers Centre


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Originally known to Torontonians as ‘The Skydome’, the city’s multi-purpose stadium that has witnessed World Series victories and performances from the world’s biggest artists. With a capacity of over 50,000, and a fully retractable roof, this is Toronto’s premier venue when it comes to the grandest events in the world of sports and music. 

Where: 1 Blue Jays Way

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Amsterdam Brewhouse

 
 
 
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Step into the 14,000 square foot lakeside brewery that features a massive selection of local beer, paired with an extensive food selection. With its ability to seat over a thousand guests, and four landscape-view patios, Amsterdam Brewhouse is a hot spot for wining and dining.

Where: 245 Queen’s Quay West 

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