Toronto is a city of character, filled with adventurous, historically rich areas that are always looking to be rediscovered. There is a continuous flow of new areas being uncovered and rebuilt to create a new identity with new memories. Part of the appeal of living in or visiting Toronto is that there is always a new trend of restaurants, pubs, or shopping districts to uncover. Recently, Ossington Avenue has been the new up-and-coming spot to dive into.
Originally built in 1812 as a pioneer road, it is now part of the restaurant and social nightscene. Numerous shops, pubs, bars and restaurants now line the streets of Ossington, drawing in a laidback crowd of young adults. These young adults, or so-called hipsters, have brought life back into the historically enriched street. Once known for its gang crime and licensing control, the street has been able to make a full recovery, creating a positive comeback for the community.
Running north/south from Queen Street West to Davenport Road, you can find tons of unique hole-in-the-wall boutiques, pubs and bars that offer live music for every style of music lover, and restaurants offering some seriously authentic eats. There is a sense of originality and spirit as you walk the long street of Ossington. You can sense the history and physically witness the beautiful, rich architecture as you walk by the storied buildings that brim with memories.
The character of Ossington can still be sensed and embraced today as the street has remained unchanged or redesigned over the past 70 years. It is a great street with options for everyone, day or night. The best way to discover this historically rich part of Toronto is to get out there and explore it yourself!