Just far enough from downtown to enjoy the quiet ambience and cafes in the village and close enough to get anywhere in the Toronto core within 15-20min.
Some of Toronto’s most prestigious addresses are to be found in Forest Hill. One of the city’s prettier districts, it boasts gently sloping hills, winding roads and numerous charming parkettes.
Walking the “Village” within two blocks will give you a sense of neighbor meeting neighbor, a small town feel in the big city! First known as Spadina Heights, the name was changed when the village was incorporated in 1923 and renamed Forest Hill after the summer home of John Wickson built in 1860.
With over 60 unique merchants, Forest Hill Village is the perfect destination for afternoon brunch, romantic dinner or a leisurely coffee after your workout or visit to one of the many beauty salons or spas. There are shops, services, boutiques and galleries as well as dentists, doctors, lawyers & more.
Check out the Forest Hill Village Business Improvement Area website for a complete directory of listings for all its members: http://foresthillvillage.ca/
Just Steps Away !
RestaurantsAroma Coffee, Second Cup, Starbucks Coffee, EDO-ko Japanese Restaurant, Freshii, Mashu Mashu Mediterranean Grill, Pizza Banfi, What A Bagel, Sushi Lovers and Subway Restaurant. There are a number of restaurants to choose from.
After having lived here, for many years, we have tried pretty much everything and tend to gravitate to simple, casual and within our budget. However, on special occasions we might splurge and go to one of Toronto's top five restaurants.
We go to Aroma Espresso Bar because the coffee and juices are exceptional and quite frankly much better than either Starbucks or Second Cup. We generally don't dine there because it's pricey and we prefer the food at Mashu Mashu Mediterranean Grill and Pizza Banfi.
Mashu Mashu is my favourite place for breakfast and I like Pizza Banfi for lunch and dinner. At Pizza Banfi, we can sit and have a beer or a bottle of wine, catch up on the local talk with Nino the owner and enjoy some good Italian food. Don't be fooled by the name, they don't just have pizza, they serve a wide range of Italian food. I recently had a seafood pasta special that was amazing.
Pizza Banfi: We have been going to this restaurant for quite some time and have allways been happy with the food and service. Nino, the owner has had that place for over 20 years and he connects with the community and knows how to provide value. Good Italian food and reasonable priced.
http://www.pizzabanfi.ca/ 333B Lonsdale Road, (416) 322-5231
Mashu Mashu Mediterranean Grill: For casual mediterranean and middle eastern food. If you're not in a hurry.. I like their breakfast although they open a little late for me at 9:00 am. Just steps away at the corner:
http://www.mashumashu.ca/ 387 Spadina Road (416) 840-0848
What a Bagel: We go to this place at least 3 times a week primarily for their fresh out of the oven baked goods! Fabulous bagels, rye bread and so on..still warm. They also serve breakfast and it opens early at 6:00 am. They serve eggs, omelettes, bagels, lox and cream cheese and so on. I prefer Mashu Mashu for breakfast but they're open too late for me. A block north at:
421 Spadina Rd. (416) 480-2037 http://www.whatabagel.com/index.php. Check out their menu !
Aroma Espresso Bar is my favourite place for coffee and it's fabulous exotic juices. It's great to sit under their umbrella's, chat with your friends and have a light lunch and drinks.
383 Spadina Road just at the corner just north of us.
Dry cleaning, health & fitness clubs, yoga & massage therapy, medical doctors & dentistry, Several major bank branches including TD Bank, RBC Royal Bank, CIBC, ScotiaBank and HSBC Bank of Canada.Forest Hill Barber Shop, Forest Hill Hair Salon, Forest Hill Spa, Francesca Salon & Spa, Niro & Orna Hair Salon
Apotheca Compounding Pharmacy, Rexall Drug Store, The Kitchen Table, Village Market and Loblaws Supermarket, TYPE Bookstore. The famous Yorkville and Young/Bloor fashion districts just 10 minutes away by subway.
Kitchen Table is a great place to get groceries and its 1 short block away just north of us on the same side of the road.
LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) for wine, beer and liquor. It's in the center of the village and you can't miss it. Of course I frequent this place.
TTC St. Clair West Subway 4 mins walk. Less than 30 minutes to most locations in the downtown area.