The Annex: What’s in it for you!
The Annex is one of Toronto’s friendliest neighborhoods. Most Torontonians feel welcomed, engaged, and safe in this neighborhood.
It has both residential and commercial areas. The residential areas commonly have Victorian and Edwardian architecture features. Most of the business areas are located along Bloor Street, one of the busiest areas in the Annex. Many learners and teachers converge at nearby education institutions i.e. The Art Centre, Central Technical School, and the University of Toronto. Aside from learners and teachers, there are many business people, artists, and others who contribute to the diversity of this quaint neighborhood.
Things to do in The Annex
You will not run out of exciting things to do in this lively neighborhood. You can watch plays in Tarragon Theatre. If you prefer watching local and international documentaries, then Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema is a good choice. You may also want to explore museums like the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art and Bata Shoe Museum, the world’s largest shoe collection museum. Another notable museum is Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Canada’s largest museum. These museums are family-friendly so you can be sure kids are entertained. The last four places are in partnership with the Bloor St. Culture Corridor (BCC), a uniquely Torontonian arts and culture district.
If your kids want to play, go to Taddle Creek Park. It features a playground with a small sandbox and a pitcher-shaped fountain sculpture. When you get tired of playing, visit BMV Books and browse their amazing selection of secondhand books over multiple floors.
Places to eat or drink in The Annex
Treat yourself with delicious meals at popular restaurants, bistros, or cafes located in The Annex. Start your day with homey comfort food at The Grapefruit Moon. Try the classic eggs benny and bottomless coffee so you’ll be fully awake at the Insomnia Restaurant and Lounge. Other restaurants that offer a mouthwatering brunch are Rose and Sons and Fanny Chadwick’s. You’ll not regret once you try their daily specials. If you’re low on a budget, try Future Bistro. They have a lot of affordable desserts to choose from.
After a long day of wandering around The Annex, eat Mexican cuisines like tacos and burritos in Playa Cabana. Forget about your diet and try labneh (creamy yogurt cheese) at the Fat Pasha, a modern fusion Jewish restaurant. For Asian dishes, try Roti Cuisine of India. You won’t be disappointed with their roti (flat, unleavened Indian bread). Satisfy your cravings for sweets and eat traditional Thai cakes, cookies, and custards at Patchmon’s Thai Desserts & More. Meet friends then drink local and Italian wines in L’Unità Enoteca. Then head to Madison Avenue Pub, known for their interconnected 3 Victorian mansions with pubs and patios. Lastly, relax and enjoy your beer in Duke of York.
Living in the Annex may just be the perfect place for your Toronto home. The neighborhood is not only a popular place for residential living, but also an ideal location for business.