Toronto is a thriving tourist destination, attracting people from around the world. Whether you’re just visiting or looking to settle down, there are two great Toronto neighbourhoods – Yonge & Eglinton and Yonge & Lawrence – that should be top of your list.
Yonge & Eglinton
This popular business district – and the highest ranked neighbourhood community in the GTA, according to Toronto Life has everything you could want for a day out. Located in Midtown Toronto, this neighbourhood is easily accessible by public transit, including the Eglinton Subway Station and numerous TTC bus stops. Home to many corporate headquarters such as Canadian Tire, TVOntario and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, this intersection is a hub of excitement for all.
The Yonge Eglinton Centre is an automatic solution for most of your needs. It features a VIP Cineplex and key retailers such as Sephora, Winners, Toys R’ Us, and Indigo. This centre is a constant hustle of activity, with an average of 43,500 cars and 27,500 pedestrians visiting daily. This shopping centre offers only a small sample of the vast variety of stores available.
You won’t have to go far to find entertainment and the arts within the neighbourhood. Many local restaurants and pubs offer live entertainment, bringing great variety for the locals. Absolute Comedy on Yonge Street offers live stand-up comedy most nights, often featuring touring headliners.
There’s no shortage of diversity in the restaurants available, from Empire Grill Indian Cuisine & Wine Bar on Eglinton to Tio’s Urban Mexican and La Vecchia Ristorante on Yonge. North 44, part of the McEwan Group, is another must-try located on Yonge Street. Surely everyone can find something to suit their palate!
If you’re looking for family-friendly activities, Eglinton Park offers many recreational amenities. Offering five multi-purpose sports fields, four tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, a wading pool and a playground, there’s something sure to entertain. If even offers two outdoor skating rinks in the winter, guaranteeing fun year-round. The North Toronto Memorial Community Centre is also located in the park, boasting pools (indoor and outdoor), water slides, a gymnasium, weight room and fitness centre.
History buffs may be interested in visiting the site of the Battle of Montgomery’s Tavern, located at the current Postal Station K. This battle occurred during the Upper Canada Rebellion and featured 400 rebels under the charge of Anthony Van Egmond coming up against Loyalist forces led by Colonel James Fitzgibbon. Once the rebels had fled, the Loyalists burned the tavern to the ground. The current Postal Station K bears the marking “EviiiR” (for King Edward VIII) – a very rare sight in Toronto.
Yonge & Lawrence
This neighbourhood is just as desirably located as Yonge & Eglinton, partway between Midtown and Uptown. This fantastic location is just as easily accessed on public transit, as well, through the Lawrence subway station, a mere 15 minute subway ride from the downtown Toronto core, as well as numerous bus stops.
There are plenty of green spaces to enjoy, including Wanless Park, which features several baseball diamonds as well as a playground and wading pool. If you’re looking for more of a quiet walk through nature, the Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens and Blythwood Ravine Park are equally gorgeous options.
Yonge & Lawrence features many options for arts and culture, including two galleries – Images Art Gallery Inc. on Yonge and Art Avenue Gallery on Avenue Road. There are also two theatres – Mount Pleasant Theatre and Regent Theatre (both located on Mount Pleasant Road) – that offer alternatives to the blockbusters featured at Cineplex.
People interested in shopping won’t be disappointed by the independent businesses featured along Yonge from Lawrence to Eglinton. You’ll find lots of beautiful treasures, including clothing, jewellery, furniture, gifts, photography and books. Some notable shopping destinations include Hazellily Designer Consignment and Ardith One (known for its focus on ceramics and glass), both located on Yonge.
Among the many trendy cafes lining the streets, this neighbourhood features many delicious restaurants. Some stand-outs include the Italian offerings, such as Piazzetta Gourmet Pizza Trattoria, Trio Pizzeria, and Parmigiano Trattoria, all located on Yonge. Other amazing offerings include Shinobu Authentic Japanese Restaurant on Yonge, Gabby’s Bistro on Eglinton, and Hero Certified Burgers on Yonge.
If you’re looking for something specifically for your kids, Kidville on Yonge boasts a large, open space where kids have lots of opportunity to run, climb and just plain have go wild. They also offer classes for infants to toddlers up to 5 years old. This popular birthday destination even offers valet parking!