Toronto’s Food, Shopping & Culture Hot Spot

Come and explore Riverside neighbourhood: Toronto’s small town in the big city. Rich in culture, heritage, and art, the area has tons of unique eateries, cafes, shops and attractions – just across the bridge from Toronto’s downtown core along Queen Street East from the iconic Queen Street Viaduct (‘Riverside Bridge‘).

The Riverside Business Improvement Area is one of Toronto’s first BIAs, founded by local business and property owners in 1980. The BIA spans 10 vibrant blocks of Queen St East from the iconic Queen Street viaduct (Riverside Bridge) at the Don Valley, to just east of the world-famous De Grassi Street, and south to the growing Baseball Place community.

Spanning 10 vibrant tree-lined blocks, Riverside is home to many historic sites, over 5 acres of parkland. The BIA is home to the Riverside bridge – illuminated nightly in dynamic colours – The Broadview Hotel, The Opera House, Eastbound Brewing Co, and much more to explore. Over 100 local independent businesses call Riverside home, including vintage fashion retailers, hair studios, home design and décor, and tons of award-winning restaurants for every taste, featuring the city’s best chefs. Enjoy vibrant public art installations, festivals, and self-guided tours.

Land Acknowledgement: We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples that is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.

African Ancestral Acknowledgement: The City of Toronto acknowledges all Treaty peoples – including those who came here as settlers – as migrants either in this generation or in generations past – and those of us who came here involuntarily, particularly those brought to these lands as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery. We pay tribute to those ancestors of African origin and descent.