LIB­ERTY VIL­LAGE

The con­dos are still go­ing up in this west-end neigh­bour­hood, but a num­ber of restau­rants, bou­tiques and other busi­nesses have done more than enough to es­tab­lish them­selves.

Where Toronto - - You Are Here - >> BY CRAIG MOY

1 A Lib­erty Vil­lage des­ti­na­tion be­fore Lib­erty Vil­lage was a des­ti­na­tion, in­door climb­ing gym

Joe Rock­head’s wel­comes be­gin­ner be­lay­ers with com­pre­hen­sive lessons, while putting skilled as­cen­ders to the test on a num­ber of chal­leng­ing walls. 29 Fraser Ave., 416-5387670; jo­e­rock­heads.com.

2 In Lib­erty Vil­lage, School (page 58) is best at­tended on week­ends. The aca­dem­i­cally themed spot gets top marks for its brunch, in­clud­ing pan­cakes with black- and blue­berry com­pote and su­per-cheesy ba­con French toast. 70 Fraser Ave., 416-588-0005; schooltoronto.com.

3 Broad­cast­ing im­pre­sario Moses Znaimer’s sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tion of rare, vintage tele­vi­sion sets can be viewed, by ap­point­ment, at the

MZTV Mu­seum of Tele­vi­sion & Archive (page 43). 64 Jef­fer­son Ave., 416-599-7339; mztv.com.

4 Helmed by farm-to-fork pi­o­neer chef Donna Dooher, Mil­dred’s Tem­ple Kitchen (page 58) turns out Cana­dian and in­ter­na­tion­ally inspired op­tions for evening eat­ing. Fluffy pan­cakes, poached eggs on a crois­sant and much more com­prise the week­end repast. 85 Hanna Ave., 416-588-5695; tem­plek­itchen.com.

5 The Lib­erty Vil­lage out­post of the Balzac’s (page 57) mini-chain of cafés has fos­tered

lo­cal loy­alty with its ar­ti­san-roasted, fair-trade cof­fee and Parisian am­bi­ence. 43 Hanna Ave., 416-534-7372; balzacs.com

6 With so many con­dos, it’s only nat­u­ral that the neigh­bour­hood would host a hand­ful of de­sign stores. EQ3 boasts the area’s most mod­ish Cana­dian-made fur­nish­ings, along­side home-ac­ces­sory capsule col­lec­tions by the likes of Marimekko, Sa­gaform and Alessi. 3-51 Hanna Ave., 416-533-9090; eq3.com.

7 Lunchtime sand­wich seek­ers take a seat at Merci Mon Ami, which serves up fresh op­tions like egg­plant parme­san, pesto chicken, and pro­sciutto with toma­toes, arugula and boc­concini. 107–171 East Lib­erty St., 647-4363832; mer­ci­mon­ami.ca.

8 Fash­ion-for­ward femmes find favour at Vo­cado, a con­tem­po­rary bou­tique that makes up­dat­ing your sea­sonal style as sim­ple as flip­ping through a friend’s closet. Pick out ev­ery­thing from Wild­fox printed t-shirts to J Brand jeans to well-heeled footwear by Dolce Vita. 121–171 East Lib­erty St., 647-3477153; vo­cado.myshopify.com.

9 The daugh­ter of a wed­ding dressmaker, Daniela Rella cer­tainly knows her way around a wardrobe. At her Naked Red bou­tique,

she stride en­sures stylishly that into womenthe board­room(and men) and can make a cock­tail-party fash­ion state­ment in equal mea­sure. 143–171 East Lib­erty St., 647-3477333; nake­dred.ca.

10 Beau­ti­ful cus­tom con­fec­tions are the stock in trade of For the Love of Cake, but passersby in­dulge in sin­gle-serve ver­sions—cup­cakes, of course—in such flavours as Gui­ness cho­co­late, maple ba­con and pump­kin pie. 117–171 East Lib­erty St., 416-306-6446; forth­elove­of­cake.ca.

11 Prox­im­ity to BMO Field, not to men­tion the pres­ence of three large pa­tios, have long made the Brazen Head a favourite pre- or post-match wa­ter­ing hole for Toronto FC fans. 165 East Lib­erty St., 416-535-8787; brazen­head.ca.

12 Bar and grill Wil­liams Land­ing (page 60) also fills up on sum­mer evenings and week­ends thanks to its size­able sec­ond-storey pa­tio. 120 Lynn Wil­liams St., 647-350-9009; williams­land­ing.ca.

13 It’s hard to ig­nore the candy-coloured bar stools—and lit­eral jars of candy—lined up at The Per­fect Scoop. Step in­side and you’ll dis­cover the main at­trac­tion: 40-plus flavours of cot­tage-coun­try favourite Kawartha Dairy ice cream. 100 Western Bat­tery Rd., 416-5390123; thep­er­fectscoop.com.

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