There are many reasons to love living in the Riverside neighbourhood in Toronto – it’s one of our favourite places in the city to eat, explore, live and even invest in the real estate. This week on the blog, we wanted to showcase what we love about Riverside and encourage you to think differently about this little 10-block stretch along Queen Street East.
What’s Not to Love About Living in Riverside Toronto!
Riverside is home to many historic sites, over 4 acres of parkland, The Broadview Hotel, The Opera House, 2 community centres, the famous Degrassi St, 2 brewpubs and Toronto’s first urban cider house, vibrant public art installations, festivals, walking tours, schools, over 100 local businesses including original fashion creations, eclectic home design and décor, and plenty of award-winning restaurants featuring award-winning chefs. There is just too much to highlight, but here are a few of our best picks.
Some of the Best Restaurants in Toronto are in Riverside!
There are so many amazing restaurants to choose from in Riverside – in fact, the area is known for its foodies, so if you’re looking to impress your out of town guests, take them here – you (and they!) won’t be disappointed.
When it came time to renew the ten-year lease on the space that Lil’ Baci called home, it was time for an update complete with the incorporation of rotating house pasta and burrata specials that Frankie’s Italian now features. Looking for a great brunch spot – book here and make that reservation early. Oh, and don’t forget to order the pasta carbonara with a poached egg – get one for the table and share, just to say you did.
Cocktail & Bar Crawl
Saturday nights should be spent in Riverside doing your own little cocktail and beer crawl. Home to some of the nicest bars in Toronto, trust an oldie but a goodie, and still a staple in the area is Prohibition Gastrohouse – it’s one of our top spots each and every time we’re doing showings in the area. Friendly bartenders, fresh pints and we can’t go on without mentioning the Chicken Lollipops (Habanero Sauce please!) or the Truffle Mac & Cheese. Other notable spots for amazing cocktails include I’ll Be Seeing You where house-special cocktails have quirky, entertaining names, like Disappearing Unicorn, and their Smoke Show Caesar is what hangover dreams are made of.
We can’t talk about Riverside watering holes and bars without mentioning The Comrade – a longstanding staple in the neighbourhood, The Comrade has been decorated top to bottom with all manner of taxidermy. This includes gigantic heads with enormous antlers and birds with wings spread as if in flight. Bookshelves, rustic wooden seating, and exposed brick complete the moody, hip picture. Specialty cocktails are best enjoyed during the establishment’s cocktail hour, until 7pm daily, making this a perfect spot to start your night.
In With The Old. In With The New
Riverside is an area rich with historic sites, and some that are newly renovated to bring an added vibrancy to the streets. Built in 1893, the building that sits at the corner of Broadview and Queen East was originally a hall with retail and office space. After many iterations over the years, now sits the Broadview Hotel – a major destination for dining, drinks and tourism.
Streetcar Developments have made a major investment in Riverside by introducing Riverside Square condos to the area. This latest project offers a wide mix of condo units ranging in size from one bedroom to family-friendly three bedrooms, dramatic glass window walls, and innovative green roofs to integrate within the surrounding neighbourhood while reflecting environmentally sustainable design. A public square will anchor the development and feature a mix of smaller and larger retail spaces fronting Queen Street that will include a grocery store, cafés, restaurants and an assortment of shops and commercial spaces.
We have to say that not only is Riverside Square one of the best opportunities on the East side, it’s got our vote for one of the best pre-construction investments in all of Toronto. We’ve put many clients into this project and there are still options available. With all of the excitement of living in Riverside, this is the condo you want to be in.
Our love for Riverside runs deep – it’s one of our favourite spots in all of Toronto to live and play. With the new vibrancy mixed with the area staples, we can’t think of a better spot to call home.