Liberty Village is a young and vibrant community in Toronto located on top of one of the city’s oldest settlements. It was once an area with a strong industrial presence because it was so close to major railway lines. With the manufacturing industry moving out of the city and the dawn of road transport during the 1970s and 1980s, property values dropped and once glorious buildings fell into disrepair … but that all changed at the start of the new millennium.
Since 2004, Liberty Village has grown at a rapid rate with an explosion of new condo buildings and townhomes, lofts created from empty factories, offices, and innovative live/work spaces. Restaurants, shops, and amenities followed shortly after, and Liberty Village is now known for its art and design studios, media and technology companies, and as a home to professionals and young families. Here are some of the reasons why Liberty Village is an exciting place to live.
Liberty Market — Everything Old is New Again
Many of the old manufacturing facilities are still standing and have been repurposed as part of the area’s rebirth, and the Liberty Market complex is a prime example. Created from former storage and factory space at Liberty Street and Hanna Avenue, it is known for its open spaces and dramatic ceilings, and is now home to retail, studio and office tenants. Liberty Market includes:
- The Brazen Head, an Irish pub with great food, a large selection of beers, and live music each weekend
- The Golden Apple Confectionary, which specializes in house-made gourmet caramel apples, chocolates, candies, and confections, including vegan and gluten free options
- For the Love of Cake , a bakery that features delectable custom cakes, cupcakes, tarts, squares and more for every occasion
- casalife, a 15,000 sq ft showroom that offers furniture and accessories that are multi-functional and suit any space
- Naked Red, a shop that specializes in men’s and women’s apparel and is known for its selection of exclusive, hand-picked, and hard-to-find brands from Canadian and international designers.
Brunch Spots, Bars and Restaurants
Locals know that Liberty Village has some of the city’s best brunch spots, and word has spread, making it a weekend destination for Toronto foodies. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen serves locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in a warm, welcoming setting. School Bakery and Cafe is a restored industrial space with large seasonal patios, and features an award-winning brunch and cocktails.
Want to enjoy a pint or cocktails with friends? Local Public Eatery features a rotating craft brew selection and eclectic menu. There are also two new brewpubs on the horizon – Alberta-based Big Rock Brewery, and a second Toronto location for Quebec's 3 Brewers.
Williams Landing Bar and Grill has become one of the area's hotspots because of its fantastic patio and ta globally inspired menu that includes 10 handcrafted signature cocktails. Private dining rooms are also available for special occasions. 25 Liberty bistro offers elegant dining and an international wine list in a renovated century building.
Toronto’s own Live Organic Food Bar opened a Liberty Village location, Live Market. It's a vegan restaurant and shop that features their plant-based, organic, gluten and refined sugar-free menu, plus their signature Live Organic Raw products.
Specialty Shops and Furnishings
Liberty Village is earning its reputation as a growing hub for gourmet and specialty shops. Coffee lovers have an amazing selection of roasters and cafes, including Balzac’s, The Roastery Coffee House, and UMA Cafe. Entertaining? Pick up some fine cuts at Bespoke Craft Butchers or prepare an international cheese tray with some of The Village Cheesemonger's gourmet selection.
Furnishing your Liberty Village home? You won't have to travel outside of the area to shop for everything you need – from sofas and beds to lighting and accessories. West Elm's home accessories store and market shop specializes in affordable yet well-designed offerings for your home created by global artisans and nonprofit workshops. Or visit EQ3's flagship two-storey showroom that houses decorative items and accessories, custom lighting installations, and their expansive line of furniture.
After a long day at the office, there is no need to venture far from home to take care of your day-to-day needs. Liberty Village has all of the amenities you want just steps from your front door, including a 24-hour Metro supermarket, an LCBO, and the Beer Store's “Beer Boutique.” Work out any time of the day or night with a Goodlife Fitness location that's open 24/7. If you have little ones, Liberty Village Kids Art Centre offers year-round arts and culture programs. For your four-legged friends, Global Pet Foods has a large selection of pet supplies.
Festivals and Events
This is a neighbourhood where there is always something to do. The Summer Craft Beer Fest brings craft beer aficionados together at the Liberty Market complex for a celebration of the world's best craft breweries. Each September is the Liberty Village Art Crawl, featuring Djs, food and local artists showcasing unique products. Summer heat calls for Movie Nights in the Park, where you can watch big screen hits under the stars. Each Sunday from June until November, visit the Liberty Village Farmers Market for fresh offerings from Ontario farms.
Living in Liberty Village
Curious about Liberty Village? Here is one residence that I've recently sold.
#1104 – 80 Western Battery Rd, Toronto
Located in Zip Condos and Lofts, this one bedroom plus den corner suite featured an open concept layout, floor-to-ceiling wrap around windows, a huge balcony, granite counters, and stainless steel appliances. Building highlights included concierge, fitness centre, indoor pool, hot tub, and steam room.
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