Take your adventures right past the Don River and explore Toronto’s east side community, which boasts incredible scenic views, a relaxed pace and tons of access to beaches and parks. Neighbourhoods like Leslieville and The Beaches are a fantastic place to live, work, and play for both young professionals and growing families. Its relaxed-paced community emphasizes great local eats, quality beer brewing, quaint home decor shops, and cool boutique gyms. Here are a few of our favourite spots east of the DVP:
The east end has a massive interest in local beer, so there is no shortage of quality brewers that can be found in Leslieville. Be sure to check out establishments like Left Field Brewery, a local brewhouse that offers a series of distinct, full-flavoured, baseball-inspired beers. Their Tap Room and Bottle Shop is not only family-friendly but also dog-friendly! Make sure to visit on the weekend to enjoy their classic brewery tours available on both Saturday and Sunday. Brickworks Ciderhouse is a great option for those who may not be fond of beer. It was not only founded by GTA natives, but it is also Toronto’s first cidery! This cidery/pub features its classic ciders (which you can find at LCBO) as well as some seasonal favourites. In addition, their menu features an array of delicious shareables to pair. Moderately priced, and highly reviewed, this is a must visit!
TRENDY FOOD STOPS:
The east side is home to some of Toronto’s best restaurants without the flashy scene you might experience at the heart of downtown. Double D’s is not only the hotspot for Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza, it is Toronto’s only spot for this delicacy. Its massive pizzas, casual vibe and pet-friendly patio make for some very happy patrons. La Cubana is a retro-style diner that serves up delicious classic Cuban food. There are several locations around the city but the one on the east side is by far our favourite. This lively and colourful restaurant offers dine-in, takeout, and delivery options to feed your Cuban cravings, with everything on the menu being homemade to make sure you are leaving on a full stomach!
The home decor options in the east will surely help when decorating a new home or space. Many of the options vary to meet the needs of the diverse and vibrant communities that exist there. Succuterra is dedicated to succulents, air plants, and terrariums. It was a locally created shop aiming to bring Canadians closer to nature. Not only are they passionate purveyors of the succulents, cacti, and air plants, but they are equally as passionate about providing a community of support for plant lovers alike. Regardless of your plant care skill level, their variety of plants are so easy to care for. Dark Tools is housed in a 9000 square foot showroom that aims to show customers that any room can become an immersive experience with just the right lighting. It’s evident from even their website that these folks are passionate about their craft, displaying a gallery of products that are sure to stand out in any of your spaces at home. Find an expansive gallery of their incredible projects on their website!
In addition to the scenic biking, running, and hiking trails of the Don Valley, the east side is also home to some pretty cool boutique gyms. Hone Fitness offers a no contract membership policy, with a monthly cost of only $20. The only goal of this gym is to simply be a gym – without the stress memberships, annual contracts, fees, and mandatory personal training sessions. It focuses on direct and simple service to meet anyone’s budget. Rock Oasis is a fan favourite amongst the rock climbing gym scene in Toronto. It’s also not only for the pros, this family-friendly climbing gym offers a variety of walls, levels, and bouldering stations. New to rock climbing? They offer climbing courses and tips and tricks workshops to help you get started!
Head over to the variety of beaches that span the lakeshore for a perfect outing on a warm Toronto day. With 90 beach volleyball courts, Woodbine Beach is great for enjoying a beautiful summer day by swimming, tanning, and biking! Just steps away from the boardwalk, and the Martin Goodman Trail, you can continue your journey up to Kew and Balmy beaches for a more laid-back afternoon. Make sure to visit Ashbridges’ Bay for any holiday to see some spectacular fireworks in celebration!
Source: Chestnut Park Blog