Yonge & Eglinton: A Profile of Toronto Neighborhoods

Yonge & Eglinton sky view

You’ll find more condos in Yonge and Eglinton than white-picket fences (Gullygamer, Wikimedia)

An Overview of Yonge & Eglinton

A 2017 survey by TorontoLife ranks Yonge and Eglinton as the best neighborhood for housing, health, safety, transit, entertainment and employment.

The magazine states:

In the past few years, Yonge and Eg has transformed from a quiet intersection into the de facto Las Vegas of midtown, with dozens of skyscraping condos and scores of excellent dining options.

What exactly makes Yonge and Eglinton one of Toronto’s best neighborhoods?

Let’s find out…

Yonge & Eglinton: Transit & Transformation

Photo of Yonge and Eglinton from 1929

In 1884, the village of Yonge started a horse-drawn streetcar route to Toronto.

Rapid population growth and urban development followed.

In 1954, the TTC launched its first subway line with Yonge and Eglinton as its northernmost station.

Rapid population growth and urban development followed.

Black and white pic of Yonge and Eglinton subway

Official opening of the Yonge Street subway line (City of Toronto Archives)

In 2021, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT will debut. The railway will stretch 19 kilometers and mark the largest expansion of Toronto’s transit network since the 1960s.

Once again, rapid population growth and urban development is expected to follow.

Colour photo of subway trail on Yonge & Eglinton

LRT is a quick and cost-effective way to travel (booledozer, Wikimedia)

As history shows, the future of Yonge and Eglinton is linked with public transit.

In fact, the midtown neighborhood is predicted to become Toronto’s next major transportation hub.

According to BlogTo:

The construction of rapid transit spurs development… In the case of the Eglinton Crosstown, there are already plenty of signs that the route will lead to a huge increase in density….

Billboard of Transit City showing Eglinton Crosstown LRT and other stops

A billboard of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT (Secondarywaltz, Wikimedia)

The LRT is already transforming Toronto, with several new developments set to open soon after its debut.

Many of these projects are away from the downtown core where land is less expensive.

Development is also concentrated on the east side of the LRT, because this is where “huge sites of land are ripe for redevelopment.”

For example, Leslie Street will be home to Auberge on the Park, a new mixed-use community of condos and townhouses.

3D image of Auberge condos

Auberge condos start at a very affordable mid-400K range.

Other developments include Eglinton Square, a “vertically oriented mixed use [community]” with condos, offices and a major retail component.

In short: the Eglinton Crosstown LRT will bring with it new businesses and affordable real estate, creating transformation through better transit.

Shopping in Yonge & Eglinton

Photo of Yonge and Eglinton at night

The midtown neighborhood has all the glitz and glamour of downtown Toronto (Ken Lund, Flickr)

Yonge and Eglinton is experiencing a condo boom, which together with the LRT, is leading to a retail boom.

New stores and famous brands are flocking to the area, giving residents an almost endless array of shopping opportunities.

For example, you’ll find familiar names like Gap, Club Monaco and Lululemon lining the neighborhood.

Lululemon storefront and clothes

When life gives you Lululemons… (GoToVan, Flickr)

If you’re looking for something more high-end, check out The French Collection on 253 Eglinton Avenue. The boutique specializes in designer women’s fashion from Italy and France.

There’s also Jerome’s Menswear on 2603 Yonge Street, which carries labels like Canali, Hugo Boss and St. Croix.

Cute and colourful children's sweaters

Little Ones on 372 Eglinton Avenue West sells designer children’s fashion (Pixabay)

You can also head over to Yonge and Eglinton Centre. The mega-mall has everything you need, from Rexall and Winners to Sephora and Swarovski.

It also has a Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Taco Bell, Sushi Shop and Pickle Barrel for when hunger strikes.

The Restaurant Scene on Yonge & Eglinton

Restaurant with people drinking and eating

Some of Toronto’s best restaurants are right here (Pexels)

Prefer a more sophisticated dining experience?

You’re in luck, because Yonge and Eglinton is positively packed with fine multicultural eateries.

Love Italian? Then you’ll adore Zucca Trattoria, which ranks #1 on OpenTable’s list of Best Italian Restaurants in the neighbourhood.

Close up of lasagna looking so delicious

Pizza, lasagna, gnocchi—there’s so much to choose from (Pixabay)

Other Italian options include La Vecchia Ristorante, 12 Tables and Cibo Wine Bar.

Enjoy Asian cuisine? Yonge and Eglinton serves up a variety of Asian eats, like Yukashi (Japanese), HoSu (Korean), House of Chan (Chinese) and Dee (Thai food).

BlogTo describes walking into Dee as “entering a painting…a space so photogenic, it might be worth a visit for the photos alone.”

Another photo of food

The plate looks almost as good as the food (pxhere)

If you’re health-conscious, Yonge and Eglinton has a wide selection of vegetarian restaurants. For example, there’s Rag Doll Eatery, Vegetarian Haven, and Fresh on Eglinton.

Snack shops include Sweet Jesus, an ice-cream parlour, the Village Juicery juice bar, and FormoCha, which serves bubble tea.

Things to Do In Yonge & Eglinton

Overhead photo of dance floor and people

There’s a reason Yonge and Eglinton is nicknamed “Yonge and Eligible” (Pexels)

Because it’s full of bars, lounges and clubs for the young party-going crowd.

For example, Batavia on 2031 Yonge Street is a posh cocktail bar decked out in marble and tufted velvet banquettes.

It also features international and locally-sourced drinks, a DJ, and live hip-hop and jazz music.

Black and white photo of a saxophone

The neighbourhood is home to several jazz bars (Pexels)

Other popular hot-spots include Good Fortune, which serves Jello shots and alcohol-infused milkshakes, Dampa (a karaoke bar and grill), and Alleycatz, known for its salsa dance nights.

Glass and straw

Drinks and dance—a potent combination (Pixabay)

In the mood for something lighter?

Check out Absolute Comedy on 2335 Yonge Street, or Snakes and Lattes on 45 Eglinton Avenue East. 

Monopoly board with dice and pieces

Monopoly, or as real estate agents call it, work (Pixabay)

Snakes and Lattes offers a family-friendly mix of food, desserts and over 1,000 board and card games.

Conclusion

LRT or Light Rail Transit at sunset

The LRT promises a brighter tomorrow for the residents of Yonge and Eglinton (pxhere)

Transit has always been at the heart of Yonge and Eglinton. And when the Crosstown LRT is complete, it will once again transform the neighborhood, bringing jobs, retail and affordable housing.

Although the area is already experiencing a condo boom, thanks to the LRT, future developments are going to be more affordable since they’re located away from the downtown core—yet still connected to it.

Till then, residents and visitors to the area can enjoy some of the best dining, shopping and nightlife in Toronto.

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