Riverside is a little pocket of the city sandwiched between East Chinatown and Leslieville. This gentrified corner of the east has plenty of cultural and culinary highlights. Fans of TV teen melodrama, take note: Riverside is the neighbourhood in which the world-famous Degrassi series was all set—De Grassi Street itself is a typically quaint and quiet example of a Toronto residential street lined with pretty Victorian houses.

Don't miss:

  • Toronto’s first craft cider brewery, Brickworks Ciderhouse. Try the streetcar-inspired Queen Street 501, its popular, semi-sweet flagship 
  • Seeing a concert at The Opera House. The Edwardian vaudeville-style venue has hosted the likes of Maroon 5 and Travis Scott 
  • Taste test classic French pastries (like galette des rois and kouign amann) or chewy sourdough bread at Blackbird Baking Co.
  • Dimensions Custom Framing & Gallery, to browse work by local photographers like David Wile and Peter Andrew Lusztyk
  • Downloading one of the area’s self-guided walking tours, which are themed around coffee culture, film and TV, public art and architecture

BOUNDARIES: Gerrard Street East to the north, Eastern Avenue to the south, Don Valley Parkway to the west, and Logan Avenue to the east.

PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): Queen subway station, then take the 501 streetcar eastbound.

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