Your Guide to the Annex
One of the best things about living in Hillcrest Village is being so close some of Toronto’s best kept secrets and trendiest hotspots. Torontonians near and far know all about the Annex, a neighbourhood in the downtown area between Dupont Street and Bloor Street, and Bathurst Street and Avenue Road. We’re here to give you the inside scoop on some of the best restaurants, cafes, shops and amenities in the Annex.
Student life is popping in the Annex because it borders the University of Toronto, and is a mainly residential area. There’s a good mix of permanent residents, and temporary student tenants at any given time. Some of Toronto’s most famous authors including Margaret Atwood have lived in the Annex, and its still considered home to some of Toronto’s most elite and intelligent residents.
There’s also a very good mix of retailers – ranging from the high end to the lower end, with something for everyone like Coal Miner’s Daughter, Theodore 1922 and Vintage Grounds. Restaurants and cafes in the area are some of Toronto’s best, including Future Bakery, Annapurna Vegetarian Restaurant, Country Style Hungarian Restaurant and many, many others.
The cultural scene is also quite impressive, with the Tranzac Club, the popular Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, the Jewish Community Centre, and local churches like the Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church. There’s always events going on in the Annex, with many of them being hosted at the aforementioned locations.
Commuters love the Annex because it’s well served by public transit including Bathurst, Dupont, St. George and Spadina subway stations. Both St. George and Spadina are interchange stations, allowing commuters to go north-south or east-west. There’s also streetcars that run from both Spadina and Bathurst stations, as well as local buses that operate on Avenue Road, Spadina Road, Dupont Street and Bathurst Street.
We love the Annex – there’s always something to do, somewhere to visit and lots to eat! What is your favourite Toronto neighbourhood and why?