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.
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.