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The following article was written by Mr. Negrini about what he thinks are the best neighborhoods in Toronto:

1. King West

Where: King Street bounded loosely by Spadina to the east and Bathurst to the west, stretching down to the Front and up to the Queen on the north side.

WHO: Yuppier

It’s easy to see why this is a place to stay for so many “young urban professionals” (yuppies). This part of King Street is full of Toronto’s coolest restaurants, bars and clubs. Just a hop, skip and a hop away from the financial district, it’s only natural that this neighborhood will be dominated by people who definitely have their shit together. That said, it bleeds west and north enough to absorb some of the coolness of the west side.

Architectural, you have a lot of old Toronto buildings and remodeled factory ceilings as well as designed low- to medium-rise apartments along this strip. Basically the perfect neighborhood. But it can be expensive if you just have to move to the city, which is why many young professors who move to Toronto choose our next neighborhood instead …

2. Bysted / Havnefront

Where: South of Front St, mostly between Spadina and Bathurst.

WHO: Young, party-minded crowd just moving into town

City Place is the new shining jewel in Toronto’s condominium boom. Like Miami in the ’80s, Toronto’s skyline has gone from “Hamilton” to “Tokyo” for the past 10 years, with many of the tallest towers erected in this new, sparkling and young neighborhood.

Remember the guy at the university who had a million Insta followers, organized all the parties and just dripped cool? Yes, the 21stst century, Van Wilder lives here. City Place is the playground for those who eventually upgrade to King West. They’re going to be close to all the action, but at a slightly reduced price. It really is a great place to be in your 20s. It houses essentially all the cool, social young people you can imagine. Especially the club audience.

But if you have a more “chill” mindset, maybe the next quarter is more for you …

3. Queen West / Ossington Strip:

Where: Queen Street, centered around the Ossington area, stretches in both directions.

WHO: Young artistic types (the people who used to be famous but never admitted to being, hipsters) and some down-to-earth yuppies.

Named by Vogue as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world, just on the edge of a crazy Tokyo area, it’s easy to see why Queen West is a great place to stay. For those who are tired of the generic glitter and glam of other areas, Queen West is the perfect antidote.

This area of ​​Queen West has blossomed up to the cooler Brooklyn of ‘6. Old hotels, such as Drake and Gladstone, have been beautifully restored to some of the best art hotels and venues in the world. This was followed by many trendy brewery pubs, late night dinners, bars and edgy restaurants that decorated shop. There is as much to do as at King West, but at half price. This is where you can find the guy who dropped out of the economy to find himself on Burning Man, who now owns a pop-up art gallery. It drips hipster-cool and is definitely one of the hottest neighborhoods in town. The mix of old Victorian townhouses and laws that prevent huge high-rise buildings leads to a mix of old school blocks, as well as sleek and affordable condominiums and remodeled churches.

However, if you’re looking for something further west …

4. Parkdale and Roncevalles.

Where: Queen West stretches, of course, and continues into Parkdale and eventually Roncevalles.

WHO: Those who feel that Queen West is becoming King West and want an even cooler vibe.

These are two different neighborhoods, so I will try not to be too wide. Parkdale was once a glorious suburb that got a little run-down, recently being revitalized by hipsters. It’s still only halfway there. It’s a rough mix of run-down buildings and new boutique restaurants, cafes and hipsters fleeing further west. Also, some retired hipsters have moved here to build a nest and start a family. In essence, both of these neighborhoods are similar to Queen West, but less developed, which means there is plenty of potential! This is where some of the coolest church ceilings and hard ceilings are found. Not to mention, glorious old Victorian mansions. It really is an interesting mix.

But what if you just want to relax and possibly have a family while still keeping some of it cool? Then you go even further west …

5. The intersection:

Where: Dunda’s arches up and eventually cuts Keele near High Park. This neighborhood stretches in both directions along Dundas West.

WHO: The former stage kids and hipsters who are basically 30+ and now want to start a family but still like a good vibe. Also a lot of the previously mentioned crowd that populates the West End.

Junction was Toronto’s last “dry” neighborhood, holdover from prohibition. Until recently, it was illegal to have a bar or sell booze there. So instead, the neighborhood is filled with antique shops. Like other areas in the West End, this formerly abandoned neighborhood has experienced a huge boom in restaurants since it officially became legal to sell alcohol there. A former industrial district, it is filled with interesting architecture. It’s mostly here that hipsters retire and have kids, but still want cool bars and venues to go to. This is not to say that it is devoid of other types. It also has its share of native residents and is similar to Parkdale and Roncesvalles in its mix.

The true benefit of staying here is that it’s so far away from the core that you do not really get too many 905ers or partygoers to flood the neighborhood on the weekends. This provides a more relaxed and independent than neighborhoods like King and Queen West.

It is full of hidden gems that are totally unknown outside the area… not unlike it’s strangely similar cousin on the east side …


Where: Queen and Leslie and surroundings.

WHO: A mix of locals, breeding hipsters as well as a few indie yuppies. Usually in the 30s.

A shout out to all my East-End people! The eastern end of Toronto is in itself a hidden gem and gets no love. Hi! The distillery! But even further west you will find Leslieville. Leslieville is full of boutique restaurants, bakeries and cafes, and is the natural choice for those who leave the party lifestyle and step into the family scene. A former industrial district, it is filled with hard ceilings and attractive new ceilings, which are sold at a discount to their western counterparts. The perfect balance between grungy, hispter chic and new families. Leslieville is filled with young 30-something couples. A fantastic neighborhood all around and relatively independently not unlike Junction on the west side.

So there you have it, 6 of my favorite neighborhoods in the 6 and the people who live there! If you are ever ready to take the plunge, feel free to let me guide you to the perfect pillow. I can fund you and set you up faster than it took you to read this list.?

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