Downtown TO has it all. From great shopping to the bustling restaurants, shows and nightlife of both the Financial and Entertainment Districts, there’s always lots to do.
Named for the Irish immigrants who lived here in the 1840s, Cabbagetown is a distinctive, beautiful neighbourhood that’s home to the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in North America. You’ll find good restaurants, great parks, and one of Toronto’s more unique attractions – the Riverdale Zoo, a working farm in the centre of the city.
Corktown has come a long way from its origins as a 19th century working-class enclave for County Cork immigrants. This charming historic district has experienced a real revival over the last decade. Older commercial buildings converted to live-work studios, condominium lofts and professional offices make for an exciting, completely revitalized community that’s just a few minutes east of the downtown core.
KING STREET EAST STRIP
Toronto’s Design District is becoming more than just design. New restaurants and bars are supplementing the already ensconced high-end furniture and design stores, making King Street East from Church to River a high-end shopping mecca for all of Toronto.
WEST DON LANDS
One of Waterfront Toronto’s most ambitious redevelopment schemes is well underway along the banks of the Don River. The West Don Lands, which includes River City, is being carefully developed into an exciting 80-acre community of 6,000 residences, retail space, expansive pedestrian boulevards and 23 acres of lush parkland.
Formerly the source of most of Toronto’s bricks, the Evergreen Brick Works is today an internationally recognized heritage and cultural site, mostly known for its farmer’s market, event spaces and quiet nature walks.
The old Gooderham and Worts Distillery is the largest collection of Victorian industrial buildings on the continent, and a uniquely beautiful setting for the boutiques, restaurants, theatres and galleries that have moved into the once-abandoned area. The cobblestone streets and splendidly restored period buildings offer a wonderful ambiance for events, festivals or just a pleasant Saturday afternoon stroll.
Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are working on an exciting vision for a vibrant, mixed-use community just south of Lakeshore Boulevard. But first, within a few years, a huge portion of this area will be turned into a 37-acre Lake Ontario Park, with great waterfront access and lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Filled with gracious tree-lined streets, lovely green spaces and beautiful Victorian and Georgian architecture, Riverdale fosters a strong sense of community in the people who live here. Wonderfully central yet remarkably quiet, the area has a great selection of galleries, shops and restaurants.
Once a textile and factory district, the Studio District is now a TV and film hub. Former warehouses house production studios, and many of the people who work in the area have bought homes on local side streets. The neighbourhood is also home to a number of artists and trendsetters who have attracted great bars, restaurants and live-work condo developments.
Situated just across the Don River from River City, the 28 acre former Sunlight soap factory, first opened in 1892. Today the largest privately owned piece of land in the city, the site is poised to become Toronto’s very own Canary Wharf, employing up to 5,000 people when fully built out.
Home to the Opera House, plus some of the city’s best burgers, cafes and retro furniture stores, this bustling bohemian village in the historic east end is home to tremendous creative talent, and is a true Toronto hot spot. Trendy boutiques and galleries and hip film, TV, music and design firms give this sophisticated yet surprisingly laid-back neighbourhood a personality all its very own.
This tight-knit community sits on the sandy shoreline of Lake Ontario and is a popular destination for people from across the city. With quiet tree-lined streets, parks, a waterfront boardwalk, great restaurants and a wide range of independent boutiques and specialty stores, it’s a wonderful place to spend a sunny afternoon.