The different neighbourhoods in Toronto

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Updated 2019-04-30 13:51

Due to the diversity of the city of Toronto, what you can get in one neighbourhood can be inaccessible in another. These disparities in trends, vibes, social life, crime rate, rent and tastes slightly distinguish them from each other. It is also what makes some neighbourhoods more appealing than others. Here is an insight into Toronto's different neighbourhoods to help you choose the one which best suits your needs.

The city of Toronto has about five specific sections. There's the West End, the Midtown, the East End, Toronto Suburbs and Downtown. Each of these sections has neighbourhoods that are totally different from each other.

West End neighbourhoods

The West End comprises the trendiest neighbourhoods in Toronto. The fortuned one per cent live in posh houses. For those who are yet to break even, however, the West End may not be the first in their scale of preference. The following are some of the neighbourhoods in the West End: Liberty Village, West Queen West, Bloordale Village, King West, Little Italy, Roncesvalles, The Annex, Kensington, Dovercourt, High Park North, Bloor West Village, The Junction, Parkdale, Chinatown.

Liberty Village

Liberty Village has more skyscrapers than most villages in the world. Its expensive condos are not meant for everyone. Situated at the end of West King, most of its residents are young, upwardly mobile, enterprising and highly ambitious people. These include models, actors, screen gods and goddesses, blue-chip executives, entrepreneurs and sports superstars. The neighbourhood doesn't lack in A-list franchises from Versace to Louis Vuitton and Gucci. Not far away is the BMO Field where Toronto FC and the Toronto Argonauts play, making the roads almost unaccessible any day there are matches. It is, however, very easy to get a quick commute to the downtown with the 514 Cherry streetcar which starts from the Dufferin Gate Loop right in Liberty village.

West Queen West

Really cool and enchanting, West Queen West hosts some of the best boutiques and art galleries in Toronto. It has some of the best hangout spots and hardly has any crime. What you spend on rent is earned back in luxury.

Bloordale Village

A church just beside a club, a shopping mall right beside a subway station. Bloordale Village has everything that you may probably need irrespective of your personality right at your doorstep.

King West

King West is very expensive with some condos costing almost CAD 5,000 per month but this where the real city life revolves around. There are gyms, parking spaces and prime location extraordinaire. There are event centres and several places to live the life of the very rich and always ready to spend.

Little Italy

Populated by Italians, it is a little Rome in the Western hemisphere. You may be forgiven for thinking you are in Italy already. There are lots of places to eat, have a night out or watch European football. Transportation in and out of the neighbour is also made very easy by the 506 College/Carlton streetcar running east to west of Little Italy.

Roncesvalles

'Roncy' is beautiful and a couple of years ago could have passed off as 'Little Poland'. Originally inhabited by Poles, it is now home to 'woke' citizens of the world. While rents cannot be said to be cheap, it is still the most affordable neighbourhood in the West End. Crimes are unheard of but getting to the subway is always harder than in most other parts of the West End.

The Annex

The Annex is, first home to the University of Toronto students and then to the staff of the university. U of T's main campus is located at the south-east end of The Annex. However, with newer and more expensive buildings, the Annex is now accessible to everyone including students, professors and the general populace. It has close to three subway stations on line 2 namely Spadina, Bathurst, and St George, making transportation to other parts of the city very convenient.

Kensington

Kensington is home to freethinkers, nonconformists and those that may not be so welcome in other neighbourhoods of Toronto's West End. These set of people, however, kind of make Kensington rough and sometimes boisterous but there's no denying the fact that Kensington is genuinely an iconic neighbourhood. It represents the free spirit of Toronto and houses a variety of churches, clubs, cheap bars and restaurants.

Dovercourt

Record stores, indie bars, Dufferin Shopping Mall, two subway stations and an easy-going population sets Dovercourt apart as a fun neighbourhood. Dovercourt is lovely and seems never to have an end to parties and activities.

High Park North

Torontonians call their city 'the city within a park' but of the 1,600 parks in Toronto, High Park is the largest of them all and in North America as a whole! The neighbourhood can boast of the serenity of European villages. Entirely made up of residential high rises and other houses, High Park North is the place many go to find peace if they wish to avoid the rowdy the city and run into the embrace of fascinating wildlife and sprawling vegetation with beautiful homes nestled right by the side. But the sheer size of the park alone means that people can get lost by just walking around. Extreme caution is advised for those wishing to live in High Park North.

Bloor West Village

Bloor West Village truly has the feel of a village in terms of community, much desired nightly quietude and the close-knit nature of neighbours, but does have the attribute common to all neighbourhoods of Toronto city namely the high-rises and beautiful houses only a first-class city can boast of. Bloor West village is self-supporting with bars, restaurants, shopping centres, schools, religious buildings and several event centres.

The Junction

Trendy, posh and, like of some West End's more expensive neighbours like Roncesvalles and West Queen West, the Junction is perfect for those who cherish luxury with a touch of nativity.

Parkdale

Before Parkdale used to have a lingering shameful stink long after its name had been mentioned, populated as it were then by the most ill-behaved of Toronto's immigrants, it was notorious for crimes, for drugs and for scaring away the one per cent. But these days, Parkdale is as trendy as any other part of West End and now boasts of the best of immigrants as inhabitants.

Chinatown

This is Toronto's 'little China'. Affordable, close to several offices and companies, and with goods and services cheaper than in most other parts of Toronto, Chinatown is ideal for new immigrants and the yet-to-break even.

Midtown neighbourhoods

The neighbourhoods in the Midtown section of Toronto include Eglinton West, Davisville Village/St Clair & Yonge/Mount Pleasant, Yonge & Eglinton, Rosedale/Summerhill.

Eglinton West

Eglinton West is a residential neighbourhood with a growing number of Caribbean businesses - which is not surprising for a neighbourhood also known as Little Jamaica. The Crosstown LRT construction work along the thoroughfare is a source of much frustration to inhabitants but promises to be a succour once finished.

Davisville Village/St Clair & Yonge/Mount Pleasant

Residents walking their dogs, squirrels singing to no one, birds chirping to the winds, cyclists and joggers competing for space in the mornings and Mount Pleasant Cemetery sprawling over a large portion of the neighbourhood. This is Davisville or the many other names (names of streets in the neighbourhood) it is also called. Not very expensive and less busy than most parts of the city, Mount Pleasant is home to many professionals and young families.

Yonge & Eglinton

Yonge is a neighbourhood for the young and affluent. It's self-supporting with a host of boutiques, shopping centres and other amenities.

Rosedale

Rosedale is for the rich. It has the best of everything.

Toronto's suburbs

Neighbourhoods here are necessarily not in Toronto's official boundary, but as the city has developed, it has come to absorb some of them into the larger metropolis. Neighbourhoods within Toronto's suburb are Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, Vaughan.

Etobicoke

Middle-class populated, affluent and not far from Toronto Pearson International Airport, Etobicoke ' with a silent 'ke' ' is to the west end of Toronto.

North York

North York is mostly residential, affordable and has several other neighbourhoods within it.

Scarborough

Perhaps the cheapest of Toronto's neighbourhood, it is popular with new immigrants to Toronto. Some Torontonians believe that Scarborough is the ghetto of Toronto. Nonetheless, it remains the best option for someone new and trying to earn bread especially for its many subway stations that make travelling to other parts of Toronto very convenient.

Vaughan

Quickly growing and already host to several high-end franchises, Vaughan will be one of the trendiest sections of Toronto's suburb very soon.

Downtown

Some of the neighbourhoods in Downtown Toronto include Downtown Core, Yorkville, Yonge and Dundas, Queens Quay & Spadina/Cityplace.

Downtown Core

Comprising several banks, office spaces and shopping centres, there are few people living in Toronto's downtown core. But the few who live here bear the obvious disadvantage of having to pay through their nose enjoying living in a place they can get about just anything they need at any time of the day.

Yorkville

Skyscrapers, five-star hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants, Gucci, Lamborghini and champagne, Yorkville has class written all over it. It's expensive for the wealthy, and most of those who live here are certainly not working class individuals.

Yonge and Dundas

Noisy and busy day and night, many come here to have fun after a tasking 9-5.

Queens Quay & Spadina/Cityplace

Densely populated and overlooking Lake Ontario, it is usual to find Instagrammers taking advantage of the neighbourhood's picturesque ambience to take the most Instagram-perfect picture. There are condos and subway stations making transportation to other parts of Toronto easy.

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