It’s difficult to sum-up what makes the Leslieville neighbourhood so fantastic in only a few paragraphs…but we will try!
But before we get into all that, let’s pin-point where Leslieville is – with relation to the vast city that is ‘Greater Toronto’. Leslieville is east of the Don River, bounded by the Canadian National railway line and Gerrard Street to the north, Empire Avenue to the west, Eastern Avenue to south, and Coxwell Avenue to the east. Got that? If you’re a little confused, just think of Leslieville as being east of Parliament, North of the Beach(es) and south of Gerrard street.
Once the home to boarded-up shops, working class families, metal and factory workers, and mom-and-pop shops, Leslieville has become one of Toronto’s hippest neighbourhoods. Where once stood abandoned buildings and run-down homes now stands destination-worthy restaurants, european-inspired cafes, upscale clothing stores, revitalized factory-turned-loft buildings, yoga and fitness studios. Heck, if you’re not satisfied with the status-quo just take a pit-stop at Leslieville’s central gas station – The Leslieville Pumps – to get a taste of freshly made curries, homestyle baked cornbread, fancy coffees, pulled-pork sandwiches, or fried chicken and waffles. A gas station that serves notable, tasty, catering-worthy treats? Yes! It exists! And of course, it thrives in Leslieville – a neighbourhood that shops and supports local – proudly-rooted in its entrepreneurial spirit.
On a typical weekend you will see running and cycling groups stopping-in at Te Aro, an upscale and hip cafe with car garage doors that open up right to a bustling patio. You’ll witness families walking (many accessorized by strollers), children playing at the Leslieville Farmer’s market, yoga bags hanging gingerly off fit arms – headed to a restorative class at Spirit Loft yoga studio – and hand-holding couples walking sleepily to wait in line at Lady Marmalade. Nightlife in Leslieville also offers a walkable array of specialty pubs, bistros, delicious restaurants, and live music. And with everything at your fingertips it is no surprise that Leslieville continues to thrive as one of Toronto’s most coveted pieces of real estate. So, how much do we love Leslieville? Don’t ask us to count the ways…