Toronto's suburb of Leslieville

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Graffiti in Leslieville, Toronto

Our tip: Torontos suburb Leslieville is worth a visit

As you know, we were once again in Toronto this year, a city that we already know well from numerous visits. But as is the case with a city with 2,6 million inhabitants: you never know it completely. And that's not different in Toronto. Next to the Bata Shoe Museum With its fascinating exhibits on footwear from all over the world, we looked at one of the suburbs this time, because I think they too belong to a big city like Toronto. And we came across Leslieville, a hip neighborhood in East Toronto definitely worth a visit.


Heading to the Queen Street Streetcar in Toronto
Out and about in Queen Street Streetcar in Toronto suburb Leslieville


Leslieville is within easy reach: get on the Queen Street Streetcar and continue following the same street until you reach Leslieville, which lies just off Don Valley Parkway between about Carlaw Avenue and Coxwell Avenue. Of course you could drive there by car, but then you get a great insight into the everyday life of the people in Toronto: there rises a young mother with her child in the tram, and three men jump up and help her, the stroller in to lift the train. In front of us is a newly in love couple: she - with heavily tattooed arms and he with so many rings through lips, ears and nose, that I wonder how a kiss tastes there. But obviously not bad, because the two practice intensively. On the platform between the two tramcars, a tired Chinese tries hard to keep awake, but repeatedly collapses until he finally leaves the train at one of the stops beyond the city center. As he has noticed that this is the right one, I am forever a mystery, because he was not really awake.


The General Store in Toronto's suburb of Leslieville
The General Store in Toronto's suburb of Leslieville


We do not have much time, so we limit ourselves to a walk along Queen Street between these two streets, but already get a good idea of ​​what makes Leslieville's charm: a wild mix of brightly painted houses, one to one Saloon reminiscent General Store, a wild jumble of restaurants and bars, flower-adorned facades and artful graffiti on some walls. In between, we can take a look at a tattoo parlor and admire the various patterns you can get stuck in the shop window.


The River Rock Cafe in Toronto's suburb of Leslieville
The River Rock Cafe in Toronto's suburb of Leslieville


On the way, we meet people on their way to any destination - an elderly gentleman in crumpled Bermuda shorts and a crumpled sweat jacket hurrying down the street in front of us. A few meters farther on, we follow a young, all-black man, who's just coming out of a bakery with a full bag of donuts, apparently for lunch. Slowly we are getting hungry and looking for a restaurant that attracts us. And after some attempts, we come across the River Rock Cafe on the corner of Carlaw Street / Queen Street. With its wooden sign over the entrance, the pretty lanterns above and the lush plant decoration, it seems inviting to us. And we try our luck.


Tasteful decor in the River Rock Cafe
Tasteful decor in the River Rock Cafe


Two young women are sitting in the sun on the bench in front of the door, having a cozy chat. No sign of the hustle and bustle of the big city! When we look at the handwritten menu on the dark board above the counter at the restaurant entrance, one of them gets up and comes to the restaurant to serve us. I order a stir fry vegetable with rice, and Petar chooses green salad with nuts. Both are good choices. We like the cafe with the fresh bouquet of lilacs on the counter, the self-made tea chest of drawers, the windows with the opaque glass surfaces and the mirroring in the middle, which make the restaurant look bigger than it is. On our self-made table, where we sit on simple wooden chairs, there is an edition of the Time special edition "100 Ideas that changed the world", and in the background we listen to the songs of Sade and Harry Belafonte. Everything is good taste. And when we finally go to the checkout to pay after our good meal, the end of which we are delaying because we feel so comfortable in this environment, I hear a strange accent from the words of our nice waitress. My question turns out that Barbara is from Austria and has been running this cafe on a small side street of Queen Street in Toronto for several years. "I feel good here," she says, and I can understand that when I look around her cozy little cafe that she has set up in a former horse stable.


The Queen Street Streetcar in Toronto
The Queen Street Streetcar in Toronto's suburb of Leslieville


Almost reluctantly, we leave the River Rock Cafe and find the nearest tram stop to head back along Queen Street to the high-rises of downtown Toronto that loom over the city's residential neighborhoods a few kilometers away. Even though Leslieville doesn't have any world-famous sights or highlights, we are glad to have taken this excursion into everyday life in Toronto, as it helps us to understand the city and its people a little better.

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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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Toronto's suburb of Leslieville

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

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