My ‘Hood: Michelle

By Michelle
I live at Queen Street West and Lisgar Street (near Dovercourt) – home to some of the best restos, vintage shops, art galleries and nightlife in Toronto.

I LOVE sandwiches! So, one of my favourite places to go for lunch with a girlfriend is
Cafe Bernate. This adorable spot has a selection of 30 delish sandwiches, including my go-to choice: ham, brie, avocado and red pepper on an Italian baguette. I often hit up Savoy at 1166 Queen Street West for brunch since it is affordable, serves yummy food in great portions, and tons of fruit with my homefries and bacon.

Although dangerous for the bank account, I adore that Queen West is lined with tons of interesting, one-of-a-kind boutiques, including House of Vintage, Art History and Shopgirls Gallery Boutique.

I enjoy going out and dancing, so living close to lots of jamming bars is a huge bonus. The Drake Hotel is a classic spot guaranteed to have sweet music and a cool crowd. Parkdale Drink spins amazing hip hop and reggae, so I get my dance-on there from time to time. The Rhino (1249 Queen St. W), Brooklyn (1186 Queen St. W) and The Social are also sick spots for fun nightlife.

I recently discovered a new gym at 99 Sudbury that I am loving – they even have a Ballet Boot Camp class. This gym is literally the most beautiful workout space I have ever seen (although you would never be able to tell from the outside) and the staff are super warm and friendly. Plus, it’s a five-minute walk from my house so I have no excuse not to go.

Finally, what would the weekend be like without walking around exploring all the fantastic art galleries in the area, including my personal favs, Lausberg Contemporary Gallery and Twist Gallery.