Toronto’s Best Neighbourhoods, Deconstructed


Good Neighbour

‘Til You Drop

From stylish baby gifts (we love the minimocs) to a birthday present for your baby daddy, Good Neighbour has everything you didn’t know you wanted (or needed). What’s shopping in Leslieville without Arts Market? Now with two more locations, it was the first of its kind in Toronto, making shopping for handmade goods like jewellery, pottery, photography, and gift cards easy. They support entrepreneurs, too, providing affordable rent space. – JK & CM


Happy Hour

The Comrade is like your neighbourhood mate whom you can always count on—especially when he’s slinging $6 bourbon sours on Mondays. If a cold brew is more your thing, Castro’s Lounge in the Beach is a snug, impressive commitment to suds. It boasts four cask hand-pumps, eight draught taps, 110 bottles and cans, and an ever-changing selection of limited-edition beers. – CM

À la Carte

Saturday Dinette is a Leslieville staple, serving poached eggs with avocado toast and gluten-free buckwheat pancakes, while steaming cups of tea and coffee arrive at the table in charming mix-matched vintage china teacups. There’s also Lynn Crawford’s Ruby Watchco, which deals just one meal a night. The Riverdale restaurant was ahead of its time when it opened in 2010, and it still is today. – JK & CM

Nailed It

Tips Nail Bar and Beauty is the go-to spot for Toronto fashion girls who want a look-at-me manicure. The staff are seriously talented, and each season the salon’s website shows off must-wear colours and fresh designs. Download the app on your phone to check out their latest looks and book your appointment on the go. – JK

Gallery Hop

The Cobalt Gallery is a unique gallery and art shop combo that features work in a variety of mediums—from clay and wood to metal and glass—all produced by local artisans. Parts Gallery keeps it similarly fresh, with rotating exhibitions featuring emerging and mid-career artists with a range of talents from contemporary painting to photography. – WH

Sugar Fix

Stepping into elegant pastry shop Bobbette & Belle Artisanal Pastries is like coming face to face with a real-life Pinterest board. Whether you pop by to drool over the impressive wedding cake wall, or to sit down for a signature French macaron, this space feels worlds away from the bustling city streets. – JK

Caffeine Fix

Need a meeting space outside the office? Boxcar Social is a café/bar hybrid built in a library-turned-furniture shop, offering coffee flights of three different brews. Of course, the quaint and quiet Riverdale Perk is a must-visit, brewing some of the most potent coffee in the city. – JK & CM