Toronto’s first named 'hood is an architecturally significant enclave with a terrific mix of old and new.
AVANT GARDE THEATRE
Toronto’s oldest theatrical society, the Alumnae Theatre Company, is located in a century-old firehouse. It has been presenting unusual plays—such as Thirteen Hands by Carol Shields—since 1918. The theatre’s centennial season includes the annual New Ideas Festival (Mar. 7–25) and Queen Marie by Shirley Barrie (Apr. 13–28). 70 Berkeley St., alumnaetheatre.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.
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
The “petit” in Le Petit Dejeuner’s name has a double meaning, considering the space’s charmingly cozy size. The restaurant serves up Belgian-style comfort food and a decadent weekend brunch. 191 King St. E., petitdejeuner.ca
Neo Coffee Bar’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
Homey C’est What is located in the cozy basement of a historic 19th-century building. It features a menu of international 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—Wilco, Feist and Sarah Harmer have all played here. 67 Front St. E., cestwhat.com
There’s no substitute for getting a suit fitted in person so take advantage while you’re in town and pop into Indochino. Pick your fabric, choose your customizations, get measured and, in four to six weeks, you’ve got a brand new look— shipped directly to your home. 143 King St. E., indochino.com