Toronto Districts & Neighbourhoods
A laid-back relaxed neighbourhood, the Beaches District is comprised of a blend of restaurants, quirky stores, joggers and sandal-wearing beach bums. Beach volleyball, Frisbee and impromptu football games are popular activities in the beaches district.
Major rejuvenation projects to restore this district to its original stature are in the works along this St. Clair avenue neighborhood, which is unique for its low-profile buildings, central street car line and selection of family-run shops and services.
This primarily commercial corridor features mixed retail, industrial and residential uses of space along Sheppard avenue east at Midland extending to Markham. High accessibility from numerous major traffic arteries, residential development growth and cultural diversity are marked elements of the district.
Located in the South Annex and originally settled in the mid-1850s by some of the city's most influential families, this vibrant community is known for its specialty bookstores and small-town feel within the city. The district extends along Harbord street from Spadina to Borden and includes landmarks like the University of Toronto and Bloor Cinema.
The undeniable Little Poland of Toronto, this district is located east of High Park and features a mix of new and old, including traditional Polish butcher shops, historic cultural venues, fine restaurants and services. The vibrant neighborhood is also home to the annual Roncesvalles Polish Festival.
Located midtown at Bloor street west and Bathurst street, this vibrant community and shopping district offers an array of dining and cultural experiences and is home to the iconic landmark, Honest Ed's. An array of shops and services, including bookstores, vintage boutiques and restaurants, line the streets of the village.
Known also as Kingsway South, this neighborhood, located in the former municipality of Etobicoke, is one of the more affluent areas of Toronto and boasts a bustling shopping district and diverse culinary scene. Community events are hosted year-round.
Spanning along Yonge street from Crescent road north to Woodlawn avenue, this quaint district features a mix of traditional and modern architecture, an attractive street scape and a lively commercial core.
Indian Bazaar is filled with fine Indian restaurants and shops that specialize in Indian dresses and fashion including saris.
Cultural diversity, a vibrant commercial core and quaint residential neighborhoods best characterize this bustling district, located west of downtown along Dundas West from Rushholme to Landsdowne. Trendy shops, restaurants and family-run services make up the retail landscape, heavily influenced by members of the village's Portuguese community.
Corso Italia is known for its upscale shops, authentic Italian cuisine and trendy cafes that line the streets and attract weekend warriors in droves. Fashion boutiques carry designer European fashions and high-end shoes and accessories from Italy and abroad.
Located just west of downtown, this vibrant village is bordered by the expansive High Park parkland and was settled as a major Polish community post-World War II. Today, visitors can find a mosaic of cultures and experiences along its central Roncesvalles avenue corridor, which showcases an array of shops, restaurants and historic landmarks.
Encompassing the lake shore communities along Lakeshore boulevard at Islington avenue, this unique district offers a small town feel while only minutes to downtown Toronto. An attractive street scape, lake side parks and a bustling commercial center are highlights.
Known for its murals depicting local histories, this vibrant village, located northwest of downtown on Dundas street west, is chock-full of retail shops, specialty boutiques, restaurants and professional services. An annual community festival is hosted every summer.
Located in the former municipality of North York, this middle- to upper-class neighborhood is bordered by the East Don Parklands on the east, Finch avenue to the north, Bayview avenue to the west and at the south, Sheppard avenue. Curvilinear street patterns, mature trees and extensive river parkland comprise the physical landscape, while an upscale shopping center and fine dining define the commercial scene.
Incorporated as a village in 1881, this historic district is located west of downtown Toronto and is known for its mural displays, annual community events, riverside parkland and vibrant commercial core.
Over 350 shops, restaurants and services comprise this vibrant community, located on Toronto's east end. The district stretches along Danforth avenue from Broadway to Hampton and also is home to an array of cultural events and festivals.
Located midtown, this district sits adjacent to Forest Hill along Eglinton west between Allen road and Bathurst street. A mix of modern, traditional and refurbished buildings line the central commercial corridor, where all budgets are satisfied at one of many boutiques, specialty stores and discount shops along the route.
Those with a hankering for authentic greek cuisine, need not look further than Greektown, located on Danforth Ave., between Chester and Jones Ave. This lively couple of blocks also features a number of specialty shops.
Extending west along Queen street between Dufferin and Roncesvalles, this eclectic and multicultural community is a hot bed for creative expression, shopping and dining.
A vibrant commercial strip along Albion avenue at Islington, this district showcases a large selection of jewelry dealers, diverse restaurant choices and extensive professional services. An array of community festivals and special events are hosted year-round.
The Distillery, once the world's largest distillery, is today an historial site with one of the largest collections of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America. A massive centre for arts and culture, this facility has over 15 art galleries, Dancemakers Theatre, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Soulpepper Theatre, Tapestry Opera Theatre and Nightwood Theatre. Toronto's only walking district, the centre also offers distillery tours and segway, a sophisticated shopping district with interesting boutiques, a microbrewery and a chocolate micro factory. The centre is home to several festivals throughout the year including Partigras, Roots Music Festival, Blues Festival, Antique Festival, Art Exhibitions and Natural Health Showcase. Home to a popular summer market, many restaurants and cafes make their home here, and the magical lighting program makes it a popular evening spot.
Bordered by the affluent neighborhood of Forest hill and just blocks to Yonge street, this fashionable district is characterized by its upscale boutiques, fine restaurants and pedestrian-friendly thoroughfares, perfect for a day of strolling and window shopping. The nine block promenade runs along Eglinton from Chaplin crescent to the Oriole Parkway.
One of the former lake shore community municipalities, this neighborhood, located south west of Toronto, offers extensive waterfront activities, parks and trendy retail districts. Turn-of-the-century homes and architecture, a legacy of a vibrant historical past, are testaments to preservation projects in the area.
Located in the heart of Old Town Toronto and centered around the north and south St. Lawrence farmers' markets, this historic neighborhood is a draw for its old-town feel, impressive landmarks, events and cultural venues. A large selection of shops, restaurants, attractions and entertainment opportunities await.
Turn-of-the-century architecture, an iconic street car line and distinctive character exemplifies this district, which is located along St. Clair avenue between Oakwood Avenue and Westmount. Shops, galleries and restaurants define the commercial landscape.
A bustling destination for locals and tourists alike, this district encompasses the area bordered by Spadina avenue, College street, Bathurst and Dundas street west. Designated a National Historic Site in 2006, the district is known for its pedestrian-friendly thoroughfares, distinctive shops, multicultural vibe and as a cultural venue for events and festivals.
Comprising six blocks along St. Clair avenue west, this thriving district includes the areas between Christie street and Winona drive, where visitors can easily stroll the promenade of shops, restaurants and other services.
Offering a distinct small town feel within the city, this district is located in north Toronto at the crossroads of Lawrence avenue and Yonge street. Parkland, unique shops, restaurants, services and mixed residential comprise its offerings.
A bustling neighborhood on the western side of Dufferin along Eglinton west, this district is replete with shops, restaurants and services and is home to an annual summer street festival.
This strip along Bloor between Landsdowne and Dufferin has undergone major community rejuvenation projects, making it one of Toronto's up-and-coming neighborhoods for shopping, dining and living. Bicycle shops and ethnic restaurants representing Portuguese, Indian, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese and Caribbean cultures are plentiful.
Extending from Victoria Park to Main street on the famed Danforth, this up-and-coming district offers an abundance of shopping and dining opportunities, as well as an array of professional services.
Named for the original settlement that developed at the crossroads of Finch avenue west and Weston road, this district is a mix of residential, parkland, industrial use areas and retail strip malls. Murals and historical markers are found along the main corridor, as are numerous shops, restaurants and specialty services.
Nestled along one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city, this tree-lined district is known for its luxurious mansions and quaint main-street style shopping district. Fashion boutiques, specialty shops and an array of services are available.
A former resort village for vacationers from Toronto, this suburb is located along the northern shores of Lake Ontario in the city's southwest corner. The district is characterized by a Main-street style corridor, historic murals, quaint shops, green spaces and lake front parkland. Community festivals and an annual Santa Claus parade are highlights.
Highlights of a visit to this diverse neighborhood include the popular Casa Loma castle, the Cedarville Ravine, the Wychwood Barns art complex, ample shopping experiences and an eclectic and artistic atmosphere. Ernest Hemingway was one of many historical residents who called Wychwood Heights home.
A busy strip just north of downtown at Davisville on Mount Pleasant road, this uptown community is replete with quaint shops, dining experiences and professional services. Davisville Park and tree lined residential streets border the corridor.
The areas between Highway 401 north to Lawrence avenue east along Kennedy Road comprise the Kennedy Road district, which serves primarily commercial, retail, dining and entertainment uses. Numerous big-box retailers, specialty shops, restaurants and shopping malls line the corridor.
Extending along the eastern corridor of Danforth avenue from Victoria Park to Scotia, this thriving community is lined with unique shops and amenities, including retail stores, health and beauty salons and other professional services.
Characterized by its diversity, this eclectic neighborhood, located in the heart of the Danforth, offers a wide array of shops, services and restaurants to choose from. Arts and culture events, music festivals and assorted community-based events are provided.
Formerly a district of factories, this campus-style neighborhood has emerged as a center for high-tech industry, arts, media and entertainment sectors. A selection of gallery spaces, retail shops and restaurants are available.
Located in the northwest sector of Toronto, this emerging commercial district runs along Oakwood avenue from Earlsdale to Bude street. A good mix of retail, dining and professional services are available.
The Bloor and Yorkville district is known for its exclusive upscale shops and fine dining, as well as art galleries and antique shops. The area is bordered by Bloor Street West, Avenue Road, Davenport Road and Yonge Street.
Historic buildings, a bohemian atmosphere and a concentration of creative industries comprise the physical and cultural feel of this east end district, which runs along Queen street east just east of the Don River. Arts and entertainment venues, shops and ample dining opportunities await.
Centered in Toronto's downtown, this vibrant corridor is home to major hotels, three subway stations and major landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and Massey Hall. The bustling district is teeming with retail services and restaurants to suit any taste.
Financial District and Underground City
The Financial District and the underground city (known as PATH) are located in downtown Toronto, stretching between University Ave and Yonge St. and between Front Street and Dundas Street. Towering office buildings and great architecture characterize the financial district. The PATH system consists of 11 kilometers (six miles) of interconnected underground passageways that feature over 1,200 retail stores and services.
Cabbagetown was originally occupied by working-class and poor immigrants who grew vegetables on their property to survive, hence the name Cabbagetown. The area is now a myriad of Victorian-style homes that have been restored to their original brilliance.
Stretching over four blocks, this condensed community is located at the crossroads of Keele street and Eglinton avenue, northwest of downtown. Independently owned, longstanding businesses and shops comprise the retail landscape and serve as a testament of the tight-knit feel of the neighborhood.
With Trinity Bellwoods Park on its west border, this community is a base for many design companies and is nestled between some of the city's more well-known districts, including China town, Queen West and Kensington Market. A collection of cafes, shops and essential services line the Dundas street west strip, which extends west from Bathurst street to Grace street.
Located east of Toronto proper, this municipality was merged as part of the Greater Toronto Area in 1998 and includes the neighborhoods of Thorncliffe Park, Pape Village, Old East York, Leaside, Crescen Town, Bermondsey, Governor's Bridge and O'Connor-Parkview.
Toronto's Entertainment District refers to the area in downtown Toronto that encompases the CN Tower, Bell Media Queen Street, Rogers Centre (SkyDome), the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the Royal Alexandra and Princess of Whales theatres. The Entertainment District has a number of hot night clubs and great dining.
Queen Street West
Queen Street West is one of Toronto's more popular shopping areas. Characteristic of trendy shops, restaurants, galleries, clubs and fashion, Queen St West is also the home of the City TV building.
Merged as part of the amalgamated Greater Toronto Area in 1998, this district is located on the western edge of the city and is bordered by the city of Mississauga on its west, Lake Ontario on the south, Steeles avenue east on the north and the Humber river on the east. The former municipality features diverse neighborhoods, commercial districts, parks, educational facilities and cultural enclaves.
Little Italy is filled with Italian shops and cafes and is most busy during the summer when crowds spill onto the street. Although most of the actual Italian community has moved north, many of the Italian shops have remained.
Those looking for fashion bargains and an eclectic blend of shops need not look further than Toronto's Fashion District, located on Spadina Avenue between Dundas and Front Street.
Located in the former municipality of Scarborough along the Lawrence avenue artery near Warden avenue, this distinctive neighborhoods' vibe is influenced by a strong Middle-Eastern community, evident in the numerous bakeries, specialty shops and restaurants which line the main commercial route.
The Annex is a residential area known for its bohemian appeal. Find used book and CD shops, cafes and bistros as well as fashion stores. Located near the University of Toronto, the Annex is a popular student hangout.
Diversity and a distinctive liveliness best exemplify this commercial district and neighborhood, which is situated in Toronto's east end on Pape avenue. Running north from Mortimer to Gamble avenue, the district features a Main-street style corridor filled with specialty shops, ethnic food markets and essentials.
Most of the residents of Little Poland have an Eastern European or Russian background. A number of bakeries, traditional cuisine, cafes and special events celebrate this unique European heritage.
Toronto's Chinatown is located on the corner of Spadina and Dundas Street West. The area is home to a number of authentic Asian restaurants, shops and fruit markets. This is the largest of five Chinatowns in Toronto. The second largest is located in the Broadview/Gerrard area.
The Harbourfront is bustling with people and activities year-round. Specialty shops along Queens Quay Terminal, Harbourfront Centre, the Harbourfront Antique Market and a lakeside walking trail are all located in the Harbourfront.
Bay Street Corridor
Known as the Wall Street of Canada, the Bay street area, which extends from the Toronto harbor north to Davenport road, sits at the center of Toronto's banking industry, complete with glass-covered sky scrapers and high-end condominiums. Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall, upscale shopping and fine dining are hallmarks.
Comprising the central north portion of Toronto, this burrough was merged as part of the Metropolitan Toronto amalgamation restructuring in 1998. The district is an area of contrasts, boasting some of the most affluent and some of the less affluent neighborhoods in the city. A central business district, bustling cultural enclaves and extensive retail services comprise the area's amenities.
Sitting at the crossroads of Dovercourt road and Hallam street, this small, compacted community features an array of independent specialty shops, professional services and a central community park.
An enclave of Portugese concentrate in this area of Toronto. Fishmongers, cheese shops, cafes, bakeries and restaurants represent this culture.
Located northwest of downtown, this former suburb was dissolved in 1998 and merged into the Greater Toronto municipality. Ethnic diversity and distinctive neighborhood enclaves are hallmarks of the district.
Church and Wellesley
Church and Wellesley is Toronto's predominately gay and lesbian neighbourhood and the site of the city's gay and lesbian pride celebrations. Buddies and Bad Times gay theatres are also located here.
Established as a business improvement area in 2005, this up-and-coming district extends west from Little Italy at Shaw street down college street to Havelock street. Over 100 businesses, including restaurants, shops and professional services, are lined along the bustling corridor.
Although few Koreanís live in the area, Koreatown has a concentration of Korean restaurants, acupuncture centres, herb shops and other Korean cultural establishments.
One of six municipalities merged to created the mega city of Greater Toronto in 1998, this diverse and bustling former suburb is home to numerous green spaces and parks and the famed Toronto Zoo. Located east of Victoria Park avenue and spreading east to the city of Pickering, the district is known for its distinctive geography, including the Scarborough Bluffs cliff formations along Lake Ontario.