Quaint, Quirky, and Authentic

From the laid-back lakeside leisure of The Beaches to decadent dining on the Danforth, the East Side has an array of fantastic food, activities, and events to charm you. Start your journey in quaint Cabbagetown, where hip pop-up shops share space with hot brunch spots and coffee joints. Cross over the Don Valley, with its snaking river and leafy parks to the Danforth, or Greektown as it is known to locals.

If you’re lucky enough to travel in summer, you may eat to the beat at the Taste of the Danforth festival, where you can stroll the streets and get your fill of delicious and authentic moussaka, saganaki, and souvlaki. If you still have room, walk south into Little India and be dazzled by the fabrics, exotic art, and delicious sweets of the Gerrard India Bazaar, featuring the culinary arts of North and South India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

As you leave the sounds and aromas of Little India, the bright colors give way to the ultra-hip boutiques and furniture stores of Leslieville, a hipster heaven for lovers of mid-century modern and vintage luxe. Wind your way eastward, following the curve of Lake Ontario to The Beaches, a lakeside community that revels in its summer festivals, waterside concerts, vibrant bistros, and cool stores. Where else could you dip your toes in the Blue Flag certified swimming waters, or rollerblade, jog, or walk the 3-km boardwalk?