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Liberty Village

Once dotcom central, Liberty Village has parlayed its tech cred and industrial roots into a hot spot for burgeoning Web 2.0 start-ups, porn web sites, film and television production companies and a growing residential community settling into former factories turned lofts. Soccer and ultimate Frisbee teams come to play at Lamport Stadium while avid rock climbers tackle the walls at Joe Rockheads. The revitalized Liberty Market Building is quickly becoming a local landmark, home to a growing mix of restaurants and shops.

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Aroma Espresso Bar (Liberty Village) / Cafes

120 Lynn Williams Street 647.352.7700 Website
Aroma Espresso Bar (Liberty Village)

Aroma Espresso Bar opened up in Liberty Village 7 months ago, and has been percolating ever since. While there are currently nine Aroma locations in Toronto, this one offers a...

Athlete's Kitchen / Restaurants

171 East Liberty St. Unit 131 416.516.0101 Website
Athlete's Kitchen

Athlete's Kitchen started out as meal prep service before debuting a retail location in Liberty Village. The take-out food counter joins similarly health-focused eateries in the neighbourhood including Oats &...

B Suite Salon / Fashion Stores

132 Atlantic Avenue 416.953.8710 Website
B Suite Salon

B Suite is a beauty and hair salon in Liberty Village. Services offered include bridal updos, fusion hair extensions as well as men's and women's hair cuts....

Balzac's Coffee (Liberty Village) / Cafes

43 Hanna Avenue 416.534.7372 Website
Balzac's Coffee (Liberty Village)

Balzac's Coffee in Liberty Village is one of three current location of the Balzac's burgeoning coffee empire. Like the Distillery location, this one is pretty to look at but the...

Bespoke Butchers / Grocery Stores

171 E Liberty St 647.349.4911 Website
Bespoke Butchers

Bespoke Butchers is a butcher shop - straight up. With a feel that's reminiscent of the 'back in the day butcher' who knows your name meets GQ, this is a...

BodyFood Aromatherapy Boutique / Fashion Stores

171 East Liberty Street 905.301.0759 Website
BodyFood Aromatherapy Boutique

BodyFood Aromatherapy Boutique sells the bodyFood line of all-natural products such as body washes and creams, face scrubs and serums and shampoos and conditioners as well as pure essential oils...

Brazen Head / Restaurants

165 East Liberty Street 416.535.8787 Website
Brazen Head

Brazen Head is a two-story traditional Irish Pub in Liberty Village. There's plenty of room, big screen TVs and traditional Irish pub food....

Bugigattolo / Restaurants

54 Fraser Ave. 416.583.3895 Website

Bugigattolo means hole in the wall. It's an appropriate name for this one room Italian restaurant in Liberty Village. Formerly Uma Cafe, the 18-seat restaurant is still doing espresso-based drinks at...

Cadeaux Toronto / Design Stores

171 East Liberty St. 416.203.6912 Website
Cadeaux Toronto

Cadeaux is a Liberty Village gift shop with everything from baby clothes to hand-painted glass....

Caffino / Restaurants

1185 King Street West 416.588.9010

Caffino is a long-time Liberty Village lunch and dinner destination that is somewhat hidden inside the Carpet Factory. The menu is decidedly Italian with fresh pizza, pasta and antipasti. White...

casalife / Design Stores

171 East Liberty Street 416.922.2785 Website

casalife has closed their Vaughan store and are expanding in Liberty Village in order to consolidate their two locations there into one massive retail showroom. For a look inside the...

Christine Bib Express / Grocery Stores

109 Jefferson Ave 416.533.6832 Website
Christine Bib Express

Christine Bib Express is a Toronto caterer that specializes in weddings and corporate events. But they also have a storefront location that serves up prepared meals to Liberty Village locals....

Ciao Europa Cafe / Cafes

80 Western Battery Road 647.345.7727 Website
Ciao Europa Cafe

Ciao Europe Cafe serves coffee by day and wine by night. The cafe offers stone-oven cooked pizzas, salads, panini and in house-baked pastries, some of which are gluten-free. There's seating...

Cures Studio / Fashion Stores

171 East Liberty Unit 149 647.347.5533 Website
Cures Studio

Cures Studio is a sophisticated nail and beauty bar located in the heart of Liberty Village. The studio offers hand, foot and skin care, as well as nail enhancement, waxing...

Demo Soap Studio / Design Stores

171 East Liberty Street, Unit 123 416.536.3916 Website
Demo Soap Studio

Demo Soap in Liberty Village creates handmade soap products that look like desserts. ...

EQ3 (Liberty Village) / Design Stores

3-51 Hanna Avenue 416.533.9090 Website
EQ3 (Liberty Village)

EQ3 (Liberty Village) has thrown itself into the Liberty Village furniture battle. With Casalife and West Elm already battling to deck out those Liberty Village one-bedroom-plus-dens, EQ3 unveiled its two-storey...

F45 Training Toronto / Fitness Clubs

171 East Liberty St. #124 647.348.4838 Website
F45 Training Toronto

F45 Training is a group fitness studio in Liberty Village that follows a fully interactive group training circuit. It speaks to the popularity of the gym and the effectiveness of...

Fat Bastard Burrito Co. (Liberty Village) / Restaurants

126 Atlantic Avenue 647.748.5550 Website
Fat Bastard Burrito Co. (Liberty Village)

Fat Bastard Burrito Co. has been providing the GTA with giant, messy, filling burritos for years. Serving up the same generous portions (a "Li'l" will only cost you between...

For the Love of Cake / Baked Goods

171 East Liberty Street 416.306.6446 Website
For the Love of Cake

For The Love Of Cake opened in January by Adam Finlay and Genevieve Griffin. This Liberty Village newbie is a veritable shrine to the cupcake. Baking up to a dozen...

Goodlife Fitness (Liberty Village) / Fitness Clubs

85 Hanna Avenue 416.538.5968 Website
Goodlife Fitness (Liberty Village)

Goodlife Fitness in Liberty Village offers individual machine workouts as well as group exercise classes focusing on strength and conditioning and cardio. ...

Hercinia Arts Collective / Fitness Clubs

51 Jefferson Ave 416.606.6559 Website
Hercinia Arts Collective

Hercinia Arts Collective is a three year old training space specializing in various types of dance and acrobatic skills. Located in the heart of Liberty Village, when I checked...

I Have a Crush On You / Design Stores

51 Jefferson Ave. 416.880.6369 Website
I Have a Crush On You

I Have A Crush On You is a gift shop meets gallery meets workshop that found its first home in Liberty Village at the end of May. If you need...

In Japan / Restaurants

124 Atlantic Avenue 416.516.4648
In Japan

I had really high hopes for this place. I really did. Walking into In Japan was a cool experience. It's nothing like the run of the mill cafeteria...

Island Foods / Restaurants

1182 King Street West 416.532.6298 Website
Island Foods

Island Foods is the old stalwart of the Toronto roti scene. It's been around for almost 35 years, has maintained a booth at the CNE since 1976 and still operates...

It'z a Wrap / Restaurants

129 Jefferson Ave 647.430.8417 Website
It'z a Wrap

It'z a Wrap, tucked away on sleepy Jefferson Avenue in Liberty Village, might not know how to spell, but they do know how to make fresh and healthy wraps, sandwiches...

Jackie O / Design Stores

24 Liberty Street 416.901.7346 Website
Jackie O

Jackie O is a popular florist in Liberty Village that relocated from Little Italy (as seen in photo). It does a brisk business in wedding/event flowers but also have a...

Joe Rockheads / Fitness Clubs

29 Fraser Avenue 415.538.7670 Website
Joe Rockheads

Joe Rockhead's, established in 1990, was Canada's first indoor rock climbing gym, and recently celebrated 20 years at its current Liberty Village location. Born out of the owners' personal desire...

Joker Cafe / Restaurants

165 Dufferin St 416.538.0123 Website
Joker Cafe

Joker Cafe in Liberty Village is a Mediterranean style restaurant and bar. They offer a complete menu, with a good selection of Serbian food and beverages....

Koja Restaurant (Sushi & Bibimbop) / Restaurants

120 Atlantic Avenue 416.792.8023
Koja Restaurant (Sushi & Bibimbop)

Koja Restaurant (Sushi & Bibimbop) replaces the short lived Sushi + in Liberty Village. ...

L Studio Salon / Fashion Stores

39 Mowat Avenue 416.537.8500 Website
L Studio Salon

L Studio Salon and Spa is a recent addition to Liberty Village, found in a light-filled space at the corner of Liberty and Mowat....

Liberty Shawarma / Restaurants

114 Atlantic Ave 416.792.6767
Liberty Shawarma

Liberty Shawarma is the new name for the Middle Eastern restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in Liberty Village. It's the same owners as King Falafel - the previous incarnation. I guess...

Liberty Street Cyclery / Services

31 Atlantic Avenue 416.516.8880 Website
Liberty Street Cyclery

Liberty Street Cyclery is a small shop that specializes in speedy repairs and custom builds. Opened by Ed Tsui last spring, the space has a casual everyone-knows-your-name type vibe, which...

Liberty Village Market and Cafe / Cafes

65 Jefferson Avenue 416.530.0477
Liberty Village Market and Cafe

Liberty Village Market and Cafe is a hybrid grocery store meets cafe that has been popular with Liberty Village lunchers for years. Good for takeout or eat in at one...

Liv Yoga Studio / Fitness Clubs

155 Liberty Street 416.531.9642 Website
Liv Yoga Studio

Liv Yoga Studio is a bright new studio located in Liberty Village. Their calendar is jam packed with classes every day of the week including a variety of yoga disciplines...

Live Organic Food Bar (Liberty Village) / Restaurants

134 Atlantic Avenue 647.748.5483 Website
Live Organic Food Bar (Liberty Village)

Live Organic Food Bar is one outpost of Jennifer Italiano's organic food empire which she runs with her brother Christopher, previously known as Live Market. It has a beautiful patio...

Local Public Eatery / Restaurants

171 East Liberty St. 416.901.8351 Website
Local Public Eatery

Local Public Eatery is the fifth and most eastern outpost of this chain of restaurants owned by the Joey Restaurant Group. Occupying a lofty Liberty Village corner lot that most...

Loco Burrito / Restaurants

53 Fraser Avenue 416.531.7744
Loco Burrito

Loco Burrito brings burritos to Liberty Village. Found inside The Roastery Cafe, Loco serves up quesadillas and burritos, the latter of which are served grilled and come with shrimp, sweet...

Locus 144 / Bars

171 East Liberty St. Unit 144 416.583.2131 Website
Locus 144

Locus 144 is a new Liberty Village bar that opened a few weeks ago near the walkway behind Brazen Head in the Liberty Market Building. Co-owner Cassius Williams, The protégé of...

Louie Craft Coffee / Cafes

1187 King St. West Website
Louie Craft Coffee

Louie Craft Coffee popped up in Liberty Village recently, marking itself as the area's new go-to coffee joint. Opened by a pair of wise sisters, the space is both sleek...

Love Me Do / Fashion Stores

50 Lynn Williams St. 647.347.7619 Website
Love Me Do

Love Me Do, open for just over a year in Liberty Village, caters to moms and wee ones alike. Their maternity threads tend toward cute, sporty weekend wear; lots of...

Mad Batter Bakers / Baked Goods

135 Jefferson Ave 416.516.4759 Website
Mad Batter Bakers

Mad Batter Bakers specializes in gingerbread houses and cookies. Find them on Jefferson Avenue in Liberty Village....

Magic Oven (Liberty Village) / Restaurants

127 Jefferson Avenue 416.539.0555 Website
Magic Oven (Liberty Village)

Magic Oven serves up some of Toronto's best pizza. Now with five locations in the city, Magic Oven specializes in hand-crafted pizza with toppings that go beyond the standard options...

Maizal Quesadilla Cafe / Restaurants

133 Jefferson Ave 647.351.0133 Website
Maizal Quesadilla Cafe

Maizal Quesadilla Café, is the newest addition to Liberty Village, bringing the neighbourhood a refreshing dose of Mexican flavour just in time for summer. The address on Jefferson, south of...

Meltdown / Fashion Stores

159 Dufferin Street 416.537.7787 Website

Meltdown Board Shop in Liberty Village specializes in the boarding life, with a variety of sports equipment such as boards, boots, and bindings....

Merci Mon Ami / Restaurants

171 East Liberty Street Unit 107 647.436.3832 Website
Merci Mon Ami

Merci Mon Ami is new-ish lunch spot in the Liberty Market Building that specialized in sandwiches. All are made fresh daily and served on just out of the oven baguette...

Mike's Liberty Grill / Restaurants

155 Liberty St. 416.536.4444 Website
Mike's Liberty Grill

Mike's Liberty Grill is tucked away on the south side of Liberty St. near the Carpet Factory building. A popular lunch spot in Liberty Village, the casual restaurant specializes in...

Mildred's Temple Kitchen / Restaurants

85 Hanna Avenue Suite 104 416.588.5695 Website
Mildred's Temple Kitchen

Mildred's Temple Kitchen in Liberty Village is the offshoot of the highly regarded Mildred Pierce which operated on Sudbury Street for seventeen years before closing its doors. Having never been...

Monforte Cheese (Liberty Village) / Grocery Stores

125 Jefferson Avenue 647.700.8598 Website
Monforte Cheese (Liberty Village)

Monforte on Jefferson is the Toronto outpost of Stratford-based artisanal cheese manufacturers, the Monforte Dairy Company. Deeply passionate about Ontario dairy products, Monforte enforces intimate and ethical agricultural practices. The...

Muzik Beach / Bars

5 Saskatchewan Rd 416.595.9998 Website
Muzik Beach

Muzik Beach nightclub is like a caricature of a nightclub. It's like something from the set of a film: everywhere you look, it's protein shake-fuelled bros in too-well-fitting clothes and...

Naka Ima Aikido / Fitness Clubs

171 East Liberty St. Unit #116 416.259.4320 Website
Naka Ima Aikido

Naka Ima is an aikido studio in Liberty Village. Easy to miss (as it's tucked behind the Liberty Market Building), the new studio offers kids and adult classes throughout the...

Naked Red / Fashion Stores

171 East Liberty St 647.347.7333 Website
Naked Red

Naked Red is a clothing boutique in Liberty Village that stocks brands like Shelley Klassen, Salvage Supply Company, Nella Bella, Ella Moss, Voodoo Guru and more....

Naomi / Restaurants

112 Atlantic Avenue 416.534.6385

Naomi is a small takeout restaurant in Liberty Village that, like other spots along Atlantic Avenue, task their kitchen with preparing both basic North American fare like egg salad and...

Oats & Ivy / Restaurants

171 East Liberty St. 416.304.9045 Website
Oats & Ivy

Oats & Ivy is no longer just a bike delivery service for organic lunches - it's evolved into a full-fledged storefront in Liberty Village. The restaurant opened a week ago...

Raaw Japanese Cuisine / Restaurants

171 East Liberty Street, Unit 146 647.347.8082 Website
Raaw Japanese Cuisine

Raaw Japanese Cuisine, a slickly decorated, upscale sushi restaurant opened in Liberty Village in July. The interior of Raaw is in stark opposition to most sushi restaurants, being dark-walled and dimly...

Reebok Crossfit Liberty Village / Fitness Clubs

37 Mowat Avenue 647.343.7309 Website
Reebok Crossfit Liberty Village

Reebok Crossfit Liberty Village has been providing crossfit training to the area for just six weeks when I stroll in, hopped up on Red Bull and ready to take on...

Rotisserie House / Restaurants

141 Jefferson Ave 416.516.4233
Rotisserie House

The Rotisserie House is a family restaurant specializing mainly in home made Portuguese cuisine. Try their celestial rotisserie chicken....

Running Room (Liberty Village) / Fashion Stores

61 Hanna Avenue 416.536.0772 Website
Running Room (Liberty Village)

Running Room in Liberty Village provides local runners and attendees of the area's flourishing gym scene with an extensive selection of running gear and accessories. As well, find running clinics...

Rykr Salon / Fashion Stores

111 Jefferson Ave 416.538.7957 Website
Rykr Salon

Ryker is a specialized hair salon on Jefferson Avenue in Liberty Village that focuses on hair, make-up and photography....

Saigon Bistro / Restaurants

122 Atlantic Avenue 647.349.2492
Saigon Bistro

Saigon Bistro is one of the new lunch options on the Atlantic Avenue restaurant row in Liberty Village....

Salon Tocci / Fashion Stores

171 East Liberty Street unit 114 416.531.4247 Website
Salon Tocci

Salon Tocci is hidden away behind the Liberty Market Building in Liberty Village. The salon has a lofty feel and services include haircuts, colours, extensions, perms and treatments....

School Bakery and Cafe / Restaurants

70 Fraser Avenue 416.588.0005 Website
School Bakery and Cafe

School Bakery and Cafe in Liberty Village doesn't look like any school I attended. The huge glass displays that cordon off the kitchen from the crowd are definitely cafeteria-esque and...

Scratch Bakery / Baked Goods

125 Jefferson Avenue 416.907.5769
Scratch Bakery

Scratch Bakery is small bakery on Jefferson Avenue in Liberty Village that specializes in gluten-free baked treats....

See and Be Seen Eyecare / Fashion Stores

171 E Liberty St 416.516.2020 Website
See and Be Seen Eyecare

See and Be Seen Eyecare is an optometrist and eyewear shop all in one. Get an eye exam by a professional optometrist, by new prescription glasses or contacts all in...

Smoke's Poutinerie (Liberty Village) / Restaurants

116 Atlantic Avenue 647.748.2873 Website
Smoke's Poutinerie (Liberty Village)

Smoke's Poutinerie is everywhere in Toronto including this late night outpost in Liberty Village. Find all the usual poutine offerings here including triple pork poutine, bacon poutine, perogy poutine, Philly...

Stitchy Lizard / Fashion Stores

171 East Liberty St. 416.203.7776 Website
Stitchy Lizard

Stitchy Lizard in Liberty Village specializes in screenprinting and embroidery - on pretty much anything. Printable items include T-shirts, tanks, hoodies, jackets, workwear, sport uniforms and more, from American Apparel,...

Stroudfoot / Design Stores

21 R Atlantic Ave 416.618.7353 Website

Stoudfoot's design creations are in restaurants all around Toronto. From both Origins to Colborne Lane, for which Jason Stroud added a heavy dose of his design touch, to elements in...

Super Kick Karate / Fitness Clubs

118 Atlantic Ave 647.885.5425 Website
Super Kick Karate

Super Kick Karate is a karate school in Liberty Village that offers a range of classes for all ages. ...

suzanne gardner FLOWERS / Design Stores

171 East Liberty Street #157 416.530.0065 Website
suzanne gardner FLOWERS

Suzanne Gardner's cool and quiet flower studio's arrangements are simple and classic. As they put it "Flowers are like music. There are only so many notes but infinite ways to...

Thai Room (Liberty Village) / Restaurants

171 East Liberty Street 416.531.1888 Website
Thai Room (Liberty Village)

Thai Room is a favourite restaurant for Thai food lovers and has several locations across the city. The menu includes classic Thai fare like red curry chicken and mango salad....

The Beauty Room / Fashion Stores

39 Mowat Avenue 416.537.8500 Website
The Beauty Room

The Beauty Room, located inside L Studio Salon & Spa, offers everything from nail treatments (including Shellac manicures) to waxing in a chic and comfortable space. Beauty products, including the...

The Craft Brasserie / Restaurants

107 Atlantic Ave. 416.535.2337 Website
The Craft Brasserie

The Craft Brasserie & Grille occupies the sunken corner lot at Atlantic and Snooker in Liberty Village. It joins a pocket of pubs and beer halls in the neighbourhood including...

The Golden Apple / Grocery Stores

171 East Liberty Street 416.531.4664 Website
The Golden Apple

The Golden Apple is shop stocked with all the types of things that'll score brownie points: gourmet candied apples, chocolate barks, brittles, truffles and chocolate tablets. ...

The Loft Fitness Studio / Fitness Clubs

35 Liberty Street 416.895.6797 Website
The Loft Fitness Studio

The Loft Fitness Studio, conveniently located in the heart of Liberty Village, is an intimate fitness studio offering a variety of fitness classes, meditation practices, nutrition workshops and personal training....

The Perfect Scoop / Restaurants

100 Western Battery Rd 416.539.0123 Website
The Perfect Scoop

The Perfect Scoop Ice Cream Shop opened its doors in early August, dishing out Kawartha Dairy ice cream for Liberty Village residents and workers. As I biked around condo buildings...

The Roastery Cafe (Liberty Village) / Cafes

53 Fraser Avenue 416.531.7744
The Roastery Cafe (Liberty Village)

The Roastery is a popular local cafe in Liberty Village serving sandwiches, smoothies and all the usual caffeine-laced comforts....

Tula South (Liberty Village) / Fitness Clubs

47 Fraser Avenue 416.538.8852 Website
Tula South (Liberty Village)

Tula South is a one-stop destination for yoga, pilates and spa services. On the fitness side, the studio offers yoga classes such as hot yoga, hatha and kundalini, pilates classes...

Vibrant Lifestyle / Grocery Stores

171 East Liberty Street, Unit 141 416.792.5500 Website
Vibrant Lifestyle

Vibrant Lifestyle is where to shop in Liberty Village for vitamins, herbal medicine, superfoods and other goods and services that support a holistic lifestyle....

Vocado / Fashion Stores

171 East Liberty Street, Unit 121 647.347.7153 Website

This week, my raison d'etre brought me to Liberty Village and a brand new store called Vocado. Open for just over a month, the boutique, owned by Emily Dobbie, is...

West Elm Toronto / Design Stores

109 Atlantic Ave 416.537.0110 Website
West Elm Toronto

West Elm has dozens of locations south of the border but only one in Canada - and it's right here in Toronto in Liberty Village. Inside is plenty of contemporary...

Williams Landing / Restaurants

120 Lynn Williams Street 647.340.8008 Website
Williams Landing

Williams Landing comes to Liberty Village from the same owners of South of Temperance and Joy Bistro Bar. It's just what you'd expect from a place trying to reel in...

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