Toronto’s answer to Brooklyn, Leslieville, is one of the cities hippest places to dine, drink, shop and live. Historically home to the light industry and the Film District, it’s now a colorful and exciting strip full of interior design shops, local eateries, funky boutiques, and independent cafés.
The tight-knit collection of shop owners, most of whom live within blocks of their work, give this area a warm, community feel. Still untouched by big box retailers and uncharted by tour buses, the sidewalks are often bustling with neighborhood friends, baby strollers, and their canine companions.
Very much like a small village in look and feel, Leslieville has charming houses and quaint stores, nestled along mature tree-lined streets.
Installed in 1987, the green and white Leslieville street signs that run along Queen Street are historic markers symbolizing the residents renewed interest and pride in their quiet east end neighbourhood.
With a new generation putting down roots, the classic Victorians homes tend to sell quickly.