Liberty Village – A Hidden Gem in Toronto

Liberty Village is the hottest growing neighborhood in Toronto. Located in the city’s west end, this old warehouse district, has now become an artist’s burrow.  Television production companies, music executives, trendy clothing lines and specialty boutiques have all chosen to keep their offices in this beautifully restored area. 

Quaint cafes and coffee shops are dotted throughout its few square blocks.  Eateries from greasy spoons to pubs and Vietnamese pho or slick urban lounges will satisfy all palettes. The Liberty village CafĂ© has been around the longest in the area and it has a market selling fresh fruit, vegan cookies and fresh homemade soups. The dining area has a full menu and patio but it is the Academy of Spherical Arts that takes top honors.  Matt Damon has been spotted in this hidden gem of a dining experience. Its sophisticated pool hall offers Cuban cigars and an extensive selection of scotches in an elegant setting. Warning, it will not remain a secret for long. 

Music nightclub is just around the corner and you can enjoy a stylish night out at this new and hot club located right on the grounds of the historic CNE.  But nightlife and dining are not the only things to do in Liberty Village.

The exhibition grounds are close by and maybe you will catch a game at the Kodak Center to see the hottest sporting event in town, the Toronto FC.  Soccer isn’t just for Europeans anymore.  Torontonians have embraced this sport and its giving hockey a run for its money.

Sunnyside pavilion is just down the street and it houses a giant public pool waiting for residents to cool down in the hot summer months. Sit outside on the beach patio facing Lake Ontario and watch the day unfold as you sip a cold Canadian and munch on calamari.

Situated next to the Argonaut club, boaters are a plenty. Maybe you will take a course this year and learn how to sail or join the ever-growing number of dragon boaters that practice along this route.

Running along the boardwalk is a little piece of serenity in a large urban centre.  Teams of rowers slice silently through the calm water sheltered from the lake by a break wall.  Snow-white swans have endured the harsh winter and now bask in the sun as they bob close to shore.  Cyclists whiz by but stay to their designated path and dogs run on the grass enjoying their hours of freedom.

One can go for weeks without having to step foot in downtown. Everything you need is right there in the West End.