Neighbourhood Guide: Leslieville, Toronto

A family-friendly neighbourhood along Queen St. in the east end of Toronto, Leslieville is at its core a junction for all things local. With thriving independent businesses, delicious restaurants and weekly community events, this east end ‘hood feels more like a small town in a big city. Check out some of the spots that are favourites amongst Leslieville’s locals:


Sweat & Soda

1091 Queen St. E.,

If you’re tired of the same ol’ pastry selection at most coffee shops, try Leslieville’s Sweat & Soda, a community hub that attracts caffeine lovers and gym fiends. Perfectly-poured lattes are sold alongside healthy snacks and veggie-packed bowls, as well as a wide variety of kombuchas, cold brews and smoothies.

Sweat and Soda


B-Side Beauty

1148 Queen St. E.,

In need of a good manicure in an Insta-worthy space? B-Side Beauty is the east end’s go-to spot for all things nails, brows and makeup, plus they have an in-house bar if you’re craving some bubbly. They’re dog friendly too, so feel free to bring your pooch along while you get pampered!

B-Side Beauty


Black Rooster Décor

1075 Queen St. E.,

A neighbourhood staple and a favourite of local and international designers, Black Rooster Decor recently opened their new (and much bigger) location just down the block. Gold, black, white and navy reign in the shop, with unique furniture and accessories you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in the city.

Black Rooster Decor


The Green Wood

1402 Queen St. E.,

Nestled just past the corner of Queen and Greenwood, and tucked away in the well-lit lower level, sits this favourite brunch spot of Leslieville locals. Ontario-sourced ingredients make for fresh and delicious menu items, including fruit-topped French toast and delicious huevos rancheros. Vegetarians will be happy to note a number of meat-free options, as well.

The Green Wood


Good Neighbour

935 Queen St. E.,

A trendy general store at the corner of Queen St. E. and Carlaw, Good Neighbour is the area’s one-stop shop for gifts, homeware and quality clothing. With the best selection of curated goods for guys and gals, you’ll find everything from Citizens of Humanity denim and Jenny Bird jewelry to Mackage handbags.

Good Neighbour


Frankie’s Italian

892 Queen St. E.,

Pasta, pizza and prosciutto – what else do you need in life? A newly-rebranded Italian restaurant, Frankie’s has become known for their affordable daily specials that range from a mouth-watering lamb bolognese for $13, to a bacon and gorgonzola pizza for $15. They also have an impressive Negroni list, featuring original takes on an old classic.

Frankies Italian


Varsity Brown

1107 Queen St. E.,

If you’re after some local handmade leather goods, pop in to one of Leslieville’s newest residents, Varsity Brown. A west end import, Varsity Brown has set up shop in the east to offer custom leather accessories, bags, pet goods and headwear that are made to last.

Varsity Brown


Goods & Provisions

1124 Queen St. E.,

In the mood for cocktails? Goods & Provisions is a cozy, Prohibition-style bar that offers up some of the best drinks in Leslieville. Sip on a colourful ‘Beck Taxi’ – a homage to Toronto that includes Aperol and cucumber – or opt for the appropriately named ‘Corpse Reviver’ (shown here), a strong mixture of gin, Lillet Blanc, Cointreau, lime juice and absinthe.

Goods and Provisions