Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood is known for being one of the best places to live in Toronto. Toronto Life gave this neighbourhood the number 8 spot in their annual Neighbourhood Survey, and even Vogue Magazine named West Queen West one of the coolest places on the planet.
It’s filled with everything we love: homey coffee shops, the best dive bars around and independent boutiques and shops that are so nice, why would you go anywhere else? Streets are lined with Victorian homes, there is access to the TTC on nearly every corner and although you’re a short walk from the madness of “the core”, you feel like you’re in your own little perfect slice of the city.
Visit the Trinity-Bellwoods Park
The park, the focal point of the neighbourhood, is packed on weekends – everyone from pooch-lovers to frisbee-throwing day drinkers clamor to this hot-spot to soak up the sun and partake in some of the best people-watching Toronto has to offer. Come April, you’ll know the official start of the spring thaw has begun when the temps hit 10-degrees and the park is packed with locals coming out of hibernation, coffees in hand.
The park features a paved walking path that is highlighted by distinguished cast iron lamp poles, lush greenery, several tennis courts, sports fields, a wading pool for kids, a skating rink and a playground. Perhaps a fraction of the size, but our little Central Park has something for everyone – even if it’s just a spot to catch some rays.
Restaurants in the Neighbourhood
Some of the best restaurants in the city are located in Trinity Bellwoods and now that we’re in a post-pandemic world, restaurants are filling up fast.
One of the must-visit restaurants in the neighbourhood has to be Oyster Boy. This restaurant has a cult following and it’s easy to see why. They’ve been a staple of Queen West for over 20 years and have the absolute best oysters from both the East and West Coast.
Hit up their Instagram to see what the daily Oyster specials are. Looking for takeout? The lobster boil for 2 is hard to pass up.
Another staple located on the famous Ossington Strip is Mamakas Tavern. This Greek restaurant has been a staple of the Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood for many years, and the Mediterranean food is always authentic and delicious. The dips are a must as is the Whole Sea Bass, Grilled Octopus – we could go on and on.
If you’ve got guests coming into town that you want to impress, or if you’re trying to get outside of the typical corporate venues for dinner, book at Bar Isabel, Bar Raval, La Palma – we could seriously go on and on. You won’t be disappointed in any of these. Trust.
Spend a Day in Trinity-Bellwoods
You could easily spend a lovely Saturday afternoon walking through this area finding countless things to do. It’s one of the few areas that hasn’t been taken over by too many chains, so if you’re looking for some of the best boutiques in Toronto, you’ll likely end up speaking with the store owner or even the craftsman behind the treasures offered.
Type is an independent community bookstore that sells small press, along with the classics. It’s great for art and design books that are perfect for updating your coffee table display.
I Miss You Vintage is one of the top destinations in Toronto for luxury consignment goodies. Peek their Instagram for what’s new, but stop in-store to see the coveted pieces that don’t even make their social media reel – they’re that good.
Living in Trinity-Bellwoods Neighbourhood
Once home to creatives, the artistic vibe has really stuck with the area, especially along the West Queen West and Dundas West strip. You’ll find loft conversions, Victorians, quirky townhomes, and architecturally distinct developments that make up the majority of residential dwellings.
Some of the prettiest streets in Toronto are found in this neighbourhood – just take a walk down Bellwoods Street or Crawford during the Autumn months – the colors of the trees are insta-worthy. #fall
With mixes of independent stores, locally driven cuisine and of course, Trinity Bellwoods Park, it’s no wonder this neighbourhood is one of the most desired areas to live in all of Toronto.
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