"The Gladstone Hotel, one of the oldest hotel buildings still operating as a hotel in Toronto, was built in 1889 and named after Gladstone Avenue, next to the hotel. The Parkdale area hotel was designed by local architect G.M. Miller in the Romanesque Revival style. 173w "

Parkdale

Parkdale is Toronto in a microcosm: eclectic, artsy and ever-changing. This west-end neighbourhood boasts a rich immigrant history, with waves of Polish, Afro-Caribbean, Filipino and Vietnamese immigrants having called it home. Today, Parkdale hosts one of North America’s largest Tibetan expat communities—and has the restaurants to prove it. Independent galleries, trendy bars and vintage shops cater to locals and visitors, while Sunnyside Beach remains a powerful draw a century after its development, circa-1922.

Don't miss:

  • Munching on momos from MoMo House, Loga’s Corner or Tibet Kitchen
  • Photographing street art along Milky Way (aka the alley running south of Queen Street West, between Dufferin Street and Elm Grove Avenue)
  • Going for a sunrise run along the lakefront’s Martin Goodman Trail
  • Sunday brunch on the expansive patio at The Rhino
  • Contemporary art at the artist-run Gallery 1313 

BOUNDARIES: Queen Street West is the main drag, with Lake Ontario to the south, Roncesvalles Avenue to the west, Wright Avenue to the north and Dufferin Street to the east.

PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): Queen or Osgoode subway stations, then take the 501 streetcar to Roncesvalles Avenue or Dufferin Street.

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