Leslieville in Toronto
Leslieville is in Toronto.
This vibrant east-end neighbourhood forms a part of the broader neighbourhood of South Riverdale. Leslieville began as a small village in the 1850s, which grew up around the Toronto Nurseries owned by George Leslie and sons, after whom the community is named. Most of Leslieville's residents were gardeners or were employed at one of the brick-making factories in the area.
Alexander Muir, the composer of The Maple Leaf Forever, was the first principal of the Leslieville Public School, one of the first buildings in the village. Muir was inspired when a brilliant maple leaf fell on his jacket from a Leslieville tree. That tree is still standing today and has become a famous landmark in the community.
Leslieville ranges between Lakeshore Blvd to the south, Gerrard St. to the north, and between Coxwell and the CN tracks crossing Queen St. East at Empire Ave.
The TTC 501 Queen streetcar services the breadth of Leslieville, while north-south buses leave most of the stops on the Bloor-Danforth line between Pape and Coxwell stations.
Lots of boutiques and shops et al.
- Pentimento Fine Art Gallery (address: 1164 Queen Street East) (directions: Queen and Jones Ave.) 416-406-6772
A great fine art gallery in the east end. Broad range of works for sale.
Leslieville has a great range of eating options, ranging from greasy spoons to trendy bistros.
- Tomi-Kro [description needed]
- Batifole [description needed]
- Gio Rana's [description needed]
- L'il Baci [description needed]
- Edward Levesque's [description needed]
- Barrio [description needed]
- Kubo [description needed]
- Leslie Jones [description needed]
- Le Cafe Vert [description needed]
- Joy Bistro [description needed]
- Baldini [description needed]
- Fare Bistro [description needed]
- Hanoi 3 Seasons (address: 1135 Queen East, at Larchmount)