Riverside is a neighbourhood east of the Don Valley along Queen Street East just minutes from the downtown core and is easily accessible by streetcar. Riverside contains many artist’s lofts, some galleries, and a wide variety of stores and shops including trendy boutiques and unique shops. The area is a prime example of neighbourhood regeneration without gentrification or pretension. Keep and eye out for the trademark quotes embedded in the sidewalk at Broadview and Queen – one of the touches that make the  neighbourhood interesting.

As of April 2014

Riverside sign


Highlights of the area include:

1. Mary MacLeod’s Shortbread 639 Queen Street East Start at Mary MacLeod’s with a buttery little morsel and head east on Queen. 416 461 4576 marymacleod.ca


2. Quince Flowers 660 Queen Street East Elegant arrangements and stems suitable for any occasion. 416 594 1414 quinceflowers.com 


3. Dark Horse Espresso Bar 684 Queen Street West  It’s a bit early to stop for coffee but if you’re craving, you’ll find a fine cappuccino or latte at Dark Horse. Excellent benches on the street for people watching. 647 352 3512 darkhorseespresso.com 


4. Kimberely Jackson 700 Queen Street East Carefully crafted, Canadian made furniture and accessories. Salvaged materials are given new life with a nod to traditional craftsmanship. 416 690 8787  kimberleyjackson.com 


5. Studio Pazo 729 Queen East Vintage furniture and accessories. 416 916-6302 studiopazo.com


6. MacFab Sews 734 Queen East Fantastic fabrics and notions, part of the mini MacFab Riverside group of locations. 416 922 6000 macfabfabrics.com


7. Butchers of Distinction 738 Queen East New craft butcher shop in which the “best meat in Ontario” is sold. The meat is presented by breed so the true connoisseur who can distinguish can find what they want. 416 466 9191


8. Little Peeps 742 Queen Street East  Cool kid stuff. 416 406 5437 little peeps.ca


9. Stephan Caras 744 Queen Street East  Fab over-the-top event clothing. Located in an historically designated heritage building. 416 703 6929 stephancaras.com




10. Desmond & Beatrice Bakeshop and Cupcakery 750 A Queen St. E  Desmond & Beatrice aims to take you back to when Mom made homemade treats. Named after proprietor Amanda Mizen’s father’s father and mother’s mother. Crunchy cookies, buttery cupcakes and much more. Stop in and indulge! 647 352 2257 desmondandbeatrice.com


11. Ambiance Chocolat 753-A Queen St. E  Handmade chocolates from the finest ingredients, hot chocolate infused with jalapeno, iced teas. Swoon.  416.406.2462 ambiancechocolat.ca


12. MacFab 755 Queen St. E  Prepare to overdose on pattern and colour. The fabrics selection is extensive. Full range of notions, wallpaper, headboards, you name it. With the new location directly across the street that showcases furniture and upholstery MacFab is a destination spot. 416 922 6000 macfabfabrics.com 


13. Carbon Computing 772 Queen Street East  Mac dealer 416 535 1999 carbonation.com


14. Little Peeps 768 Queen St. E  416 406 5437 littlepeeps.ca


15. Olive & Olives 779 Queen St. E  One of two Toronto locations for this olive oil boutique (there are five in Montreal). Dealing directly with the artisanal producers they offer top-quality Spanish oils. 416 551 8181 oliveolives.com


16. Bergstrom Originals 781 Queen St E  Canadian designer Bergstrom creates a line of clothing that is colourful, wearable and comfortable. With a full complement of accessories and shoes you can leave feeling like a million without spending it.  416 595 7320 bergstromoriginals.com 


17. Common Sort 804 Queen St. E  Buy, sell or trade used clothing. You could walk in wearing one look and… 416 463 7678 commonsort.com


18. Jimmie Simpson Park 870 Queen St. E  Named after a former Toronto mayor, this 2.6 hectare park features a ball diamond, sports field, ball hockey rink, two tennis courts, basketball courts, a wading pool and a children’s playground.


19. Hooked 888 Queen St. E  This seafood market was named in the “Best of the City” 2012 issue of Toronto Life magazine. They hold seafood prep and cooking classes including Sunny Dreams of Sushi, Summer Starters and Fish cooking. 416 828 1861 hookedinc.ca


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