As part of our latest blog series, #AgentInsider, we spotlight neighbourhoods we know and love throughout Ontario each month. Learn about the hidden gems, the best dining options, favourite
Rosedale | Neighbourhood Spotlight
Dated: July 8 2022
As part of our ongoing blog series, #AgentInsider, we spotlight neighbourhoods we know and love throughout Ontario each month. Learn about the hidden gems, the best dining options, favourite shops, fun factoids, and more. Plus, be sure to follow us on Instagram @bosleyrealestate for your chance to win a $200 giveaway from a featured neighbourhood hotspot!
We’re exploring Rosedale this month with Bosley Agents Valerie Baldwin and Jessica England of The Baldwin England Team. These fabulous Realtors ® and Rosedale locals know the food scene, shopping, and recreation spots, and they share their expert advice on must-visit locations!
Rosedale is located just north of Downtown Toronto and is home to multiple picturesque and historic mansions. Built between 1860 and 1940, these Edwardian, Tudor, Victorian and Georgian style homes are beautifully preserved and are one of the main reasons why people are drawn to this area. If you appreciate stunning architecture, beautifully landscaped streets, and lush greenery, this neighbourhood might be the perfect fit for you! Rosedale is full of excellent trails, restaurants, boutiques, and outdoor spaces, and we can’t wait to let you in on some of the locally known favourite spots… let’s dive in!
DINE IN ROSEDALE
1112 Yonge Street
Source: Quanto Basto - Instagram
Quanto Basta is quite easily one of our top spots in Rosedale for fine Italian dining. Located in the heart of Rosedale's shopping district, this restaurant serves authentic Italian eats, ranging from antipasto, Veal Panino, pizza galore, and pasta dishes as far as the eye can see! From the cocktail menu, go for the Rosedale Woodford! They also offer family-style dining for larger groups.
Pro Tip: if you make your reservation for a Wednesday, you’ll also enjoy half-priced wine! There are no excuses to miss out on dining at Quanto Basta!
The Rebel House
1068 Yonge Street
Have you been searching for the perfect patio for weekend eats with friends? The Rebel House will be your new go-to spot! This traditional 2-storey tavern is a great neighbourhood pub where locals enjoy cold beers and delicious pub food. The Rebel House also serves a tasty brunch menu on Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm. Planning a meal out this weekend? The Rebel House patio awaits!
1 Balmoral Avenue
Source: Barnsteiner's - Instagram
Traditional German food is served here at Barnsteiner’s ! Head chef Herbert Barnsteiner spent over ten years perfecting his culinary skills in some of Europe’s top restaurants. Herbert and his wife Michelle opened up Barsteiner’s shortly after, giving Herbert a place to showcase his culinary skills. If you’re on the hunt for delicious German food, reservations at Barnsteiner’s are a must!
1027 Yonge Street
Source: Mineral - Instagram
Mineral is a Filipino-inspired restaurant located at Roxborough and Yonge. Serving delicious meals, wine, and cocktails, Chef Dan truly knows his stuff! Each dish's sophisticated presentation is a reason in itself to book reservations. Enjoy shareable appetizers and family-style meals, but make sure to finish with their signature dessert: Ube Leche flan (pictured here). The food at Mineral is bold and wonderfully balanced - a mouth-watering experience that we highly recommend!
420 Summerhill Avenue
Who doesn’t love a delicious scoop of gelato in the middle of a hot summer day? Dolce Bakery is a cute Italian shop offering authentic Italian gelato, sorbet, and countless Italian pastries. The Dolce Bakery was established in 2018 by owners Frank & Maria Vitale. They create top-quality, delicious treats alongside their team, proudly serving the Rosedale community. Need a birthday cake and helium-filled balloons? They offer that too! If you’re craving a taste of Italy, then the Dolce Bakery is an absolute must-visit.
SHOP IN ROSEDALE
1130 Yonge Street
Source: Thursdays - Instagram
Thursdays is an independent retail boutique established by Rita Benzacar, her brother James Benzacar, and Rita’s daughter Gillian Piltz. Thursdays specialize in creating pieces for everyday wear, and their goal is to make customers feel confident and beautiful. They receive new merchandise shipments weekly on, you guessed it, Thursdays - which allows their customers the opportunity to shop unique pieces every single week. Their line of cashmere is exceptionally soft and dreamy - you won’t want to take these pieces off once you have them on!
Wolf and Moon
1128 Yonge Street, Unit 103
From ceramics and candles to swimwear and jewelry, Wolf and Moon has it all! Nestled in the beautiful Rosedale, this curated boutique is a real shopping treasure. If you’re looking for a unique and thoughtful gift for someone, check out the greystone mugs from Wolf and Moon’s ceramic collection. Or, treat yourself to one of their luxurious, hand-crafted candles…you deserve it! Shop in person at their beautiful brick-and-mortar shop, or browse online to see the wide range of brands they carry.
1062 Yonge Street
Macpherson Toy House (MTH) offers ethically made, eco-friendly, and sustainable products and apparel for women and children. Inspired by her daughter London, Angie Lewis set out to create a completely natural, ethically sourced, beautiful clothing line. It was important for Angie to develop safe, handmade products for her daughter and other children to wear.
With fabrics such as cotton, linen, wool, muslin, and wood, you’ll be sure to find something that you and your little one will love. Shopping at MTH is a calm and serene experience, and we highly recommend stopping in!
The Narwhal Boutique
1128 Yonge Street
The Narwhal Boutique is a retailer specializing in women’s ready-to-wear clothing and accessories. Servicing the neighbourhood for over a decade, The Narwhal Boutique carries a wide range of designer pieces, with new items always available for pre-order. Ganni, AGolde, Golden Goose, Max Mara, Sablyn, and more - shop all of your favourites at this lovely boutique!
1 Rowanwood Avenue
Source: Augustina Boutique - Instagram
Augustina is a go-to spot for women’s luxury pieces, including bags, jewellery, cashmere, dresses, and accessories. Their carefully curated collection places sophisticated design in the forefront rich in colour, texture, and unexpected details. Augustina curates fantastic pieces that can be inter-mixed into your wardrobe throughout the year, so you have something to wear every season. Their Rosedale location carries brands such Anita Ko, Doffer Boys, and Ling Wu, to name a few. We love shopping at this elegant boutique and highly suggest a visit to Augustina the next time you’re in the area.
PLAY IN ROSEDALE
Toronto’s Ravine System
245 Douglas Drive
Source: Toronto Star
Toronto’s Ravine System is ranked the largest ravine system in the world, so it’s no surprise that our city was built around it! With the Ravine and Natural Feature Protection Bylaw protecting approximately 110 square kilometers of public and privately-owned land, this Ravine is a must-experience! Begin your exploration in North Rosedale via the Chorley Park Trail Connection to access a scenic route overlooking the Don River Valley with additional trails leading into the Beltline Recreation Trail and the Don Valley Brick Works Park . There is always something new to see on this trail, especially at different times throughout the year.
Finally, stop at Evergreen Brick Works at the end of the trail to experience all they have to offer. From the Saturday Farmers' Market and guided tours to more hiking trails and lookout points, Evergreen Brick Works is a must-see!
10 Scrivener Square
You might be curious about the LCBO at Scrivener Square. It will become increasingly evident why we’ve included this spot once you see this stunning space in person! What was once the Summerhill Canadian Pacific Railway Station (built-in 1916) has now become an Ontario staple. This historic building was preserved and re-purposed as an LCBO so that it could serve a new purpose in the community. Take a peek behind the wine in the Great Hall, and you’ll notice they even kept the original passenger train ticket drawers! This LCBO location is rich in history, so head over and grab your favourite chardonnay, a case of Ontario craft beer, or an enticing liquor - and maybe even snap a photo while you’re there!
446 Summerhill Avenue
Source: Summerhill Market Instagram
Strolling through Summerhill Market in North Rosedale on a relaxing Sunday morning is what every weekend should consist of! Frank McMullen founded and opened Summerhill Market to the public in 1954, taking pride in knowing many local customers by name. Since then, Summerhill Market has reflected the care and passion Frank initiated for the Rosedale community.
Shop at the market seven days a week, to restock your fridge and pantry with your favourite market finds. Summerhill Market releases new items weekly, including fresh flowers, deli meats, seafood and alternatives, prepared foods, baked goods, fresh produce, and more! Did you know that they offer an in-house-made legendary Chicken Pot Pie? The Toronto Star got the school on this pie and published the recipe here. With just a quick scroll through their Instagram feed , it’s hard not to want one of everything in the store.