Toronto’s first neighbourhood is a treat for architecture and history buffs.
Toronto’s first named ‘hood is an architecturally significant enclave with a terrific mix of old and new.
The “petit” in Le Petit Dejeuner’s name has a double meaning, considering the space’s charmingly small size. The restaurant serves up Belgian-style comfort food and a decadent weekend brunch. 191 King St. E., petitdejeuner.ca
Studio Pazo is a mid-centurymodern lover’s dream, packed with 20th-century furniture and design items. Alongside a selection of vintage teak furniture (including the occasional piece by legendary Canadian designer Russell Spanner) you’ll find items from Herman Miller, Arne Jacobsen, Stelton, Royal Copenhagen and more. 219 Queen St. E., studiopazo.com
ARTY DOG PARK
Yes, a big part of Berczy Park is a dog run, but you really don’t want to miss the new 16-footwide three-tiered cast-iron fountain at the centre. The fountain’s 27 dog sculptures—with a cat and two birds thrown in for good measure—is truly a sight to behold. Plus, it provides an up-close view of the Gooderham Building, Toronto’s legendary flatiron. 35 Wellington St. E.
Neo’s blends and menu change with the seasons, rotating international roasts and treats, such as Japanese roll cakes and Neo choux cream puffs. 161 Frederick St., neocoffeebar.com
The St. Lawrence Market is one of Toronto’s major attractions. The public market dates back to 1845 and features a variety of butchers, bakers, cheese shops and more. But you don’t need to be shopping for a rack of lamb to justify a visit: the market is also home to food
and drink vendors, as well as an art gallery. 93 Front St. E., stlawrencemarket.com
C’est What is one of the homiest bars in the city, located in the stone basement of a historic 19th-century building. It features a menu of comfort food and dozens of taps (all Canadian) as well as several casks, not to mention pool tables and a fireplace. C’est What is also well known as a live music venue—Jeff Buckley, Wilco, Feist and Sarah Harmer have all played here. 67 Front St. E., cestwhat.com
AVANT GARDE THEATRE
For entrainment that’s a little off the beaten path, check out Alumnae Theatre Company. Toronto’s oldest theatrical society, located in a century-old firehouse, has been presenting unusual plays—such as Thirteen Hands by Carol Shields— since 1918. 70 Berkeley St., alumnaetheatre.com