Considered the ‘gateway’ into Toronto's east-end neighbourhoods.
Riverdale is a large and eclectic area that is well-renowned for its vibrant shopping districts and historic Victorian homes. While a high-density urban community, Riverdale also offers an abundance of greendspace where residents can escape the fast-paced life of city living.
The infamous ‘Greektown’ located within Riverdale is the largest Greek community in North America, and offers all the sights, sounds and aromas of authentic Greek culture. With the area’s vibrance, conveniences, and close proximity to the downtown core, Riverdale is undoubtedly one of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods.
Riverdale’s real estate consists of two- and three-storey Victorian homes that were built mainly in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, and are shaded by some of the city’s most towering maple trees.
The best known shopping district in Riverdale is situated along Danforth Ave, just east of Broadview. The Danforth is the crux of Toronto's Greek community, and boasts many top-notch Greek restaurants and an eclectic abundance of shops. The Grecian influence is clearly displayed in this stretch of the Danforth, which eludes a sense of warmth.
During the summer, the sidewalks of the Danforth are overflowing with gorgeous planters and fresh local produce. The widely known ‘Taste of the Danforth’ happens every summer, where residents and tourists alike can enjoy all the sights, sounds and tastes of classic Greek culture.
Shopping in Riverdale is in abundance, with a Chinatown shopping district also located within twos neighbourhood around Gerrard and Broadview. This strip of shops is well-known for its bakeries, food stands, and eateries. Queen Broadview Village is also located within Riverdale, offering up some interesting antique and collectible shops. A large indoor shopping mall with more 70 stores is also located at Gerrard Square on the corner of Pape Ave and Gerrard St.
Although very close to the concrete jungle of Toronto’s downtown core, Riverdale also offers residents with an abundance of greenspace and parks. In fact, Riverdale Park to the east is one of the city’s biggest greenspaces, with steep hills being a favourite among avid tobogganers, and Withrow Park to the west is popular for its farmers market.
A myriad of parks and parkettes are peppered throughout Riverdale, with many featuring tennis courts, wading pools, ice rinks, running tracks, and baseball diamonds. The Jimmie Simpson and Rec Centres feature an indoor pool, gym and games room, perfect for adults and children alike to pass the time in an active manner.
Riverdale Collegiate Institute
Riverdale is perfect for commuters, with the Don Valley Parkway, Lakeshore Blvd, and Gardiner Expressway all easily accessed from this area.
Bus Routes: 72 Pape
Subway Stops: Broadview, Chester, Pape, Donlands and Greenwood