North Toronto’s highly sought-after Lawrence Park neighbourhood is known for its tree-lined streets, reputable schools, and family-friendly atmosphere. It’s easy to get to by car or public transit, so why not pay a visit?
Scenic walks, local restaurants, and endless shopping options make this well-established area a fantastic weekend destination.
Not sure what to do once you get there? Make the most of Lawrence Park with these neighbourhood highlights.
1. The Picture-Perfect Gardens
You can’t visit Lawrence Park without seeing the Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens, especially in the summer. This popular location for photographers provides a beautiful backdrop of lush gardens and charming old stone walls.
2. The Local Food
If you’re looking for something kid-friendly, check out For The Win, a popular board game café that will keep the whole family entertained. Other neighbourhood favourites include Stack for some barbecue or a Kawartha Dairy milkshake, and The Monkey Bar and Grill, an international bistro that’s happily served the community for almost 20 years.
3. The Active Community
Besides Muir Gardens, there are plenty of parks in the area where you can enjoy a picnic, bike ride, or hike. Lawrence Park is at the heart of the neighbourhood, with the Chatsworth Ravine and Blythwood Ravine on either side. This neighbourhood is home to many prestigious private clubs, like The Lawrence Park Lawn Bowling and Croquet Club, Granite Club, Rosedale Golf Club and Lawrence Park Tennis Club, where you can join in on the fun with a membership.
4. The Vibrant Shopping
Lawrence Park is within walking distance to one of Toronto’s best shopping districts, with countless stores along Yonge Street, Avenue Road and Mount Pleasant. Be sure to visit chAlk on Yonge Street for fashionable children’s clothes, and don’t miss The Coop, also on Yonge, where you can find high-end menswear at the same longstanding store that Don Cherry gets his eccentric suits made.
5. The Neighbourhood Charm
One thing that makes Lawrence Park so highly sought-after is the residential architecture. A casual stroll through the quiet, tree-lined neighbourhood filled with impressive modern homes and charming traditional houses will have you looking for an open house to check out.