Its hip factor makes Leslieville a great place to spend an afternoon browsing its boutiques and bookstores, sipping in its breweries and cafés, and beautifying in its salons and brow bars.

1. Bobbette & Belle

This shabby-chic, Paris-inspired café offers generous cappuccinos, heavenly hot chocolate, cute cupcakes and dainty macarons in all the flavours of the rainbow. Settle into the window ledge, tuck into a sticky toffee pudding and watch the world go by.

2. Queen Books

For those who like to get lost in that new- book smell, this book store has a finely tuned selection in various genres from memoirs to graphic novels and cookbooks. Check the event schedule to line up your visit with one of the store’s book launches, panels or readings, including story time for kids.

Photo by Alex Snider

3. Eastside Social

This local hangout is part cocktail parlour and part oyster bar and seafood restaurant. Rollicking and, at times, raucous, it’s always delicious. The culinary team turns out fresh, seasonal hits such as grilled octopus, house-cured sardine crostinis, lobster gnudi and fish tacos.

Photo courtesy of Eastside Local

4. Varsity Brown Leather Goods

Kit yourself out at this local favourite, where Matt Boston handcrafts backpacks and duffle bags, belts, wallets, billfolds and more.

5. BSIDE Beauty and JustB Salon

Owners Rom Diaz and Ben Barkworth run a head-to-toe aesthetics and adjacent hair emporium with a soothing, cup-of-tea vibe. Make an appointment for a manicure or pedicure, or get a blowout and quick makeup touch-up before that event.


Photo courtesy of Bside Beauty

6. Black Rooster Decor

This newly expanded store carries a well-curated collection of chic, often whimsical, but always statement-making furnishings.

[This story appears in the March 2019 issue of  WestJet Magazine]