5 up and coming neighbourhoods in Toronto you need to know about
Many Toronto neighbourhoods are rebuilding their identities through new investment in development and burgeoning shopping and dining scenes. With so much change unfolding, it's a tall order to narrow down ones that are on the cusp of something great.
Here are some neighbourhoods in Toronto undergoing some big changes you might not know about.
Correcting one of the most tangled intersections in the city has made the area much more hospitable to pedestrians and cyclists, and a new Kipling Station bus terminal has improved transit.
The upcoming Etobicoke Civic Centre is set to be the area's crown jewel, and other developments are opening up possibilities for a refreshed retail and dining scene in the area. Even Farm Boy has its eyes on the neighbourhood.
The Clanton Park area of North York is really a tale of two neighbourhoods. At its east end, close to the Bathurst and Wilson intersection, Clanton Park is home to Little Manila, the heart of Toronto's Filipino community.
A vibrant yet largely undiscovered restaurant scene is a constant draw for locals looking to discover another facet in the city's cultural mosaic.
The west end of the Clanton Park neighbourhood is an entirely different story. Pressed up against the Allen Road and Highway 401 interchange, a dense pocket of development has been growing for a few years now, building up the area's population of students and young professionals.
Immediately west of the Clanton Park neighbourhood, this concentration of new development spills over into the Downsview area. Downsview Park, the area's main draw, has been given a recent facelift with picnic areas, a dog park and a new path around the park.
Townhomes and condos have added new life to the once-deserted park, while a 2017-opened subway station at the north end of the park has made the area much more accessible.
Representative of the broader cultural variety in the area, Hanamaru Market and Bento opened earlier this year, offering Korean and Japanese fare. There's also a new burger joint, the always popular Cafe Serano and its bakery sibling and lots of signs of new places opening soon.
This strip of big box stores is getting a massive infusion of urbanity with the coming Eglinton Crosstown LRT. New transit is fueling a tidal wave of redevelopment plans that will line Eglinton Avenue with sky-scraping mixed-use developments in the coming years.
Hector Vasquez at Cafe Serano
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