There’s something happening east of the DVP. Funky, eclectic and charming, this side of the city is stealing the hearts of Toronto with its hidden cultural gems, rooftops, boutique shops and breweries. From Riverdale to Leslieville, there’s much to explore. Here are a few tips on where to start.

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EAT: Two words: Reuben sandwich. White Lily Diner may be small but it is mighty. The space is quaint with cozy booths for sipping on caesars and nibbling on their house-made pickles. Dishing out diner favourites made from scratch, White Lily never disappoints. Psst...Dineen Coffee is coming to Gerrard St East. Watch for it.

Photo cred: @whitelilydiner


PLAY: Make your way to Rooster Coffee House on Broadview. From the perch of Rooster with coffee in hand, this is my favourite view of the city. When the snow falls, these hills are epic for tobogganing.

Photo cred: @jiphotos


SHOP: Good Neighbour, an adorable boutique shop set within a little white house on Queen St East, is great for last-minute gifts or quirky housewares. They have fab curated gifts for men, too, and a shoe selection I (almost always) have trouble walking away from.

Photo cred: @goodnbr


There’s a buzz around the east end that cannot be denied. Get out and explore your city... you'll find each and every neighbourhood offers something special and unique. Stay tuned for more neighbourhood guides on where to eat, play and shop in Toronto.

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