The rise of Toronto’s East End wouldn’t be the same without the tight-knit neighbourhood of Leslieville. As one of the area’s signature destinations, living in Leslieville has become the goal for young couples, families, and working professionals in Toronto.
Here is what a day living in Leslieville looks like to us…
Greet the Day: Snack on brunch at the Green Wood
First up on our list of things to do in Leslieville: Brunch at the Green Wood. The atmosphere is bright, and the weekend brunch is known for being fresh, fast, and sustainable – with everything from French toast to the classic “Cabin Breakfast” (with oatmeal, quinoa granola, and maple syrup) to sample.
Shop Local: Take a stroll down Queen Street East
Otherwise known as Leslieville’s main drag, Queen Street East is the heart of the action when you’re living in Leslieville. Go for a walk, and you’ll quickly stumble upon trendy boutiques, cafes, florists, and general stores. Stop at Queen Books for your latest paperback, The Bone House to grab a treat for your four-legged friend, and the Good Neighbour for one-of-a-kind gifts and fashionable finds for kids and adults alike.
Catch Your Second Wind: Lunch at Sweat & Soda
If an early brunch didn’t have you convinced, Sweat & Soda is another reminder that Leslieville’s food scene is one of the best in the city. After walking all the way down Queen East, try this local eatery’s healthy sandwiches, wraps, or bowls, paired with an espresso or kombucha, to reclaim your energy and conquer the remaining day.
Make A Discovery: Leslieville’s Little India
Now that you’ve seen Leslieville’s most popular stretch, it’s time to discover somewhere new! Little India is a small, under-the-radar enclave, and is one of the bonuses of living in Leslieville. This stretch of Gerrard Street East, from Greenwood to Coxwell, has amazing restaurants, authentic clothing stores, and a variety of grocers.
Take Out: Detroit-style pizza at Descendant
The day’s almost over! After hours of exploring, it’s time to grab something quick and delicious. No trip to Leslieville is complete without Descendants Detroit Style Pizza. Shaped like a square, and served upside-down (with the sauce on top), their saucy, dreamy concoctions are some of the best around. In fact, people from all over the city rave about this place’s pizza.
Paint The Town: Paintlounge
Are you ready for a paint party? Right in the heart of Leslieville, you can find Paintlounge. This is where you and a friend can indulge in some social painting – where freestyle sessions, workshops, and parties are always happening. You can paint with a bottle of pinot, host a party, or paint your home’s next masterpiece!
Grab A Drink: Rorschach Brewing Co.
One last stop before your day out in Leslieville is complete! Set in a century-old home, the Rorschach Brewing Co. is the latest entrant on Toronto’s already-exciting list of microbrewers. This brewpub has a great selection of beers, snacks, and an ambience that is equal parts stylish, cozy, and charming.
After a full day out in the neighbourhood, how does living in Leslieville full time sound to you? Come and experience it for yourself, and then reach out so that we can help you call Leslieville home.