ranking number 2 in vogue's hippest district, Queen West is now best known as a centre for Canadian broadcasting, music, performance, fashion, and the visual arts. Over the past twenty-five years, Queen West has become an international arts centre, and a major tourist attraction in Toronto.
With its galleries, boutique hotels, shops and one of Toronto's finest dog parks, Queen West is a great place to hang out, people watch or shop. Its eclectic mix of styles draws a diverse group of inhabitants, from loft-dwelling artists and young professionals to families renovating Victorian homes. There are many galleries showing contemporary Art as well as a wealth of trendy bars cafes and bistros.
The Cabbagetown neighbourhood is located on the east side of downtown Toronto. It's known for having the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in North America.
Cabbagetown's name derives from the Irish immigrants who moved to the neighbourhood beginning in the late 1840s, said to have been so poor that they grew cabbage in their front yards.
Cabbagetown began being gentrified in the 1970s, when residents began restoring small Victorian row houses. Today, wrought iron fences, stone walkways and beautifully kept gardens are common.
A Victorian farm, once the site of a zoo, is located adjacent to Riverdale Park West, where a weekly farmer's market is held.
Little Italy is known for its numerous Italian Canadian restaurants and businesses. The district is centred around a restaurant/bar/shopping strip along College Street.
Victorian homes line the side streets of this neighbourhood, which has become popular with younger crowds because of its vibrant nightlife and its proximity to the downtown core.
Riverdale is a thriving residential neighbourhood whose tree-lined side-streets are complemented by the various styles of Victorian and Edwardian residential architecture, primarily built between the 1880s and the Great Depression.
Riverdale's development was accelerated in 1918 with the building of Toronto's largest bridge, the Prince Edward Viaduct. The Viaduct provided Riverdale with an important link to the City of Toronto.
The neighborhood is characterized by two large recreational parks, Riverdale Park adjacent to the Don River and Withrow Park to the north east of Riverdale, as well as many smaller parks.
Yorkville is recognized as one of Canada's most exclusive shopping streets.
In the 1960s, Yorkville flourished as Toronto's bohemian cultural centre. It was the breeding ground for some of Canada's most noted musical talents, including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot.
Today, some of the city's most exclusive retail stores line its streets, including Prada, Gucci, MAC Cosmetics, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Escada, Ermenegildo Zegna, Cartier SA, Swarovski and other upscale designer boutiques.
Yorkville is also home to some of Toronto's most exciting and dynamic events, including the Toronto International Film Festival.
toronto's exclusive Rosedale neighbourhood is built among three ravines, which have been preserved as parkland. With its convoluted neighbourhood routes and other physical boundaries, it has low levels of vehicular traffic. Even though Rosedale is located in the middle of Toronto, virtually no vehicular traffic can be heard due to the abundance of trees and foliage that surround the community.
The area is known for its many large, stately old homes. An array of architectural styles can be found, including Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian, and Tudor. There are also luxurious condos and moderately priced co-ops.
The Distillery District is an historic and entertainment area of downtown Toronto.
In recent years the original site of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery was redeveloped into a pedestrian-oriented arts, culture and entertainment neighbourhood.The district now comprises more than 40 heritage buildings and 10 streets, and is the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America. It contains numerous cafes, restaurants and shops.
A theatre on the site, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, serves as the home of the Soulpepper Theatre Company and the drama productions of nearby George Brown College.
The Annex is a downtown Toronto neighbourhood that borders the University of Toronto and has traditionally been home to many of the university's faculty members.
It is mainly residential, with quiet, tree-lined streets featuring beautiful Victorian and Edwardian homes and mansions, most of them built between 1880 and the early 1900s.
At the heart of The Beaches community is the commercial district of Queen Street, characterized by many independent speciality shops. The side streets are lined with Victorian, Edwardian, as well as modern homes. There are also low-rise apartment buildings and a few row-houses. It is primarily a residential neighbourhood with several parks just a few steps south.
The beach itself is a single uninterrupted stretch of sandy shoreline. A boardwalk runs along most of its length.
First developed in the late 19th century, Toronto's Chinatown is now one of the largest in North America and one of several major Chinese-Canadian communities in the Greater Toronto Area.
The area consists of a maze of narrow and busy streets featuring shops and restaurants brimming with exotic foods, as well as one-of-a-kind boutiques.
Toronto's Entertainment District is a bustling downtown neighbourhood featuring hundreds of nightclubs and restaurants.
The area is also home to Broadway musicals, TIFF, travelling road shows, home-grown productions and classical concerts. Theatres include the Pantages, the Royal Alexandra, the Princess of Wales, the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre, Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall, as well as the Rogers Centre, home of major league baseball's Toronto Blue Jays and the first stadium in the world with a fully retractable roof.
The Financial District is the financial hear of Canada, located in Toronto's downtown core.
The Financial District is home to banking companies, corporate headquarters, legal and accounting firms, insurance companies and stockbrokers, as well as ad agencies and marketing companies.
The area's towers are connected by a system of underground walkways lined with retail establishments, making the area one of the most important weekday shopping districts in Toronto.
Condominium development boomed in the area during the 1990s, attracting many who work there to live downtown, thereby avoiding the daily commute.
Kensington Market is one of Toronto's most vibrant and distinctive multicultural neighbourhoods. The original market dates back to British settlement in the 1790s, after which it experienced waves of immigration from many different countries.
Dozens of tiny shops and produce stands are hidden in Kensington's labyrinthine street, and some of the best local produce and meat shops can be found there. Kensington Avenue itself houses several tiny cafes and the best vintage clothing stores in the city.
The market is best travelled on foot or bicycle, as the narrow one-way streets and numerous dead-ends are difficult to navigate by car.
Leslieville began as a small village in the 1850s, which grew up around the Toronto Nurseries owned by George Leslie and sons, after whom the community is named. Most of Leslieville's residents were gardeners or were employed at one of the brick-making factories in the area.
Leslieville is commonly referred to now as an up-and-coming neighbourhood, with new restaurants, shops and cafés slowly cropping up in the area.
In some of the former industrial areas large film studios have opened, including Cinevillage and Showline Studios. Just to the south, in the Port Lands area, the massive new Filmport studio is being built.
Roncesvalles village is predominately residential area located in the central west end of the city of Toronto. Its commercial strip is composed predominately of small businesses, churches and institutions.
Roncesvalles Village is an older part of Toronto, first subdivided and cleared in the early 1800s, and most residential development dates from the early 1900s.
The area is bordered by High Park, the largest park in the city. It is a mixed recreational and natural park, with sporting facilities, cultural facilities, educational facilities, gardens, playgrounds and a zoo.
Toronto's Greektown, also known as The Danforth, is of the city's most vibrant and cosmopolitan neighbourhoods. The community offers something for everyone with a wide array of restaurants, retail stores, services and cafes, all within easy walking distance from each other.
The neighbourhood features architecture dating back to as early as 1910 , and is renowned for its Greek restaurants and stores. The area was one of the major settlement areas of early Greek immigrants to Toronto.
The annual "Taste of the Danforth" is a large food festival held over 2 1/2 days in early August. With no admission charge, the event welcomes all to enjoy samples of cuisine available at local restaurants and also features music and dance on multiple stages, and a midway with games, children's rides, and interactive sports. The event now draws more than one million people each year.