Leslieville has emerged as Toronto’s hippest place to dine, drink, shop and live, according to a 2005 article in the New York Times. It is currently one of Toronto’s best destinations for brunch and is home to great cafes, fashion and design stores, and vintage furniture shops.
Although Google defines Leslieville’s boundaries west from the Don Valley Parkway most of the Locals would state that Leslieville actually starts from the CN tracks to the East of Broadview near Degrassi Street, (the infamous street that started the hit Canadian TV show ‘Degrassi Junior High’ where ‘Drake’ started out in acting later to become a global hip hop artist). The eastern end of Leslieville makes up part of the South Riverdale neighbourhood. South Riverdale was once home to light industry. The former industrial areas are now abandoned and awaiting redevelopment. Between 2000 and 2010 Leslieville gentrified rapidly with several of the industrial buildings being converted into condominiums and lofts.