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Things to do in Riverdale, Old Toronto

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Farm
“Riverdale Farm is a small farm in the Cabbagetown neighborhood just along the western side of the Don River. Perfect for all ages, the farm has goats, horses, pigs, cattle, sheep, chickens, and more, all of which are older breeds not found on commercial farms. Farmers are onsite doing chores daily, and love to answer questions and meet new people. Free to the public and open all year long, including weekends and holidays, from 9a.m. to 5p.m. daily.”
  • 136 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“25 Minute walk. Great brunch! A bit pricey, but the food is good. There's always a line at this place and they don't take reservations, so definitely go before 10am if you can, and be ready to wait outside in the cold if you go after 10am (even if you go before sometimes). Their side waffle is V yummy! ”
  • 127 locals recommend
Park
“A popular tobogganing spot, this sizable park with skyline views of the city offers an ice rink & sports fields.”
  • 112 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Busy cash-only French bakery/cafe. Great place for weekend brunch (but beware of long lines!). ”
  • 95 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Great food, nice place to have drinks at night. Service not so great, kinda slow. Great music!”
  • 78 locals recommend
Hotel
“A great rooftop bar offers views of the city skyline....a must see during the summer months. Also offers a wonderful brunch menu in the lobby restaurant”
  • 74 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Check out their schedule during your stay to catch amazing artists, in an intimate setting. We love to stop by Messini beforehand for a delicious gyro! ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Café
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“Awesome place to take a coffee break. Great coffee with a great park view. Light-filled cafe with tiny chandeliers known for latte art, light lunch fare & a park view.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“5 MIN WALK - This was one of the 1st pizzerias that hit the Toronto food scene with their wood fired certified neapolitan style pizzas. Always good and consistent food and great service too! They have a weekday lunch special available until 6pm - an app, margarita pizza and dessert for $20! You can't beat that !”
  • 49 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“Great area of Toronto with good restaurants, cute shops, nice to stroll down Queen ST.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This Leslieville cafe serving Pilot coffee has an adorable, breezy front patio full of benches, tables and chairs to watch the action on Queen East.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Amazing home made ice cream, gelato and frozen yoghurt. They make season flavours that are fantastic, I wait all year for their fall pumpkin icecream, doubled with the sweet cream flavour. Delicious. The staff is super friendly and patient with the hordes that come in. Small space to eat inside, a couple of benches outside or you can sit in the park nearby or wander the interesting street.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Outstanding Middle Eastern food. If you like chicken, get the Tawuk. And get a labni to share.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Brewery
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“A charming dog-friendly alley way brewery with great atmosphere and selection of delicious beers. We love to walk over (20 minutes) and stop in here for a pint on our way to little India for dinner. I love sour beers I drink any one I can get my hands on, for sours I would recommend the BANG-BANG or Cactus League at Left Field. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Fancy date night, fixed menu that changes daily; recommend getting a reservation”
  • 50 locals recommend
Beer Bar
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“Next door to the Only is their coffee shop, The One in the Only. Great coffee and free wifi.”
  • 49 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“25 Minute walk. Great brunch! A bit pricey, but the food is good. There's always a line at this place and they don't take reservations, so definitely go before 10am if you can, and be ready to wait outside in the cold if you go after 10am (even if you go before sometimes). Their side waffle is V yummy! ”
  • 127 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great food, nice place to have drinks at night. Service not so great, kinda slow. Great music!”
  • 78 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“5 MIN WALK - This was one of the 1st pizzerias that hit the Toronto food scene with their wood fired certified neapolitan style pizzas. Always good and consistent food and great service too! They have a weekday lunch special available until 6pm - an app, margarita pizza and dessert for $20! You can't beat that !”
  • 49 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“This Leslieville cafe serving Pilot coffee has an adorable, breezy front patio full of benches, tables and chairs to watch the action on Queen East.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Outstanding Middle Eastern food. If you like chicken, get the Tawuk. And get a labni to share.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fancy date night, fixed menu that changes daily; recommend getting a reservation”
  • 50 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Italian. Bustling eatery with small plates of house made Italian comfort food.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
“One of my favourite bars in the area. Can't speak to their food, but a late night cocktail there is lovely! Current favourite is the R+M ”
  • 33 locals recommend

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