Old Town

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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.

CITY MAR­KET

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

BRUNCH SPOT

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

JAVA FIX

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

LO­CAL BAR

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

NEW DUDS

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

Good­er­ham Build­ing

Neo Cof­fee

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