Liberty Village is a neighbourhood enclave in southwest part of Toronto’s downtown core. It is bounded by King Street West to the north, Dufferin Street to the west, the Gardiner Expressway to the south and Strachan Avenue to the east. Because of its close proximity to the lake shore, the financial and entertainment districts this area has become very desirable and it has experienced a phenomenal growth since 2004. Many of the old factories (Irwin Toy Factory, Toronto Carpet Factory, etc) located here have been converted to retail, commercial and residential spaces with nothing but the outer walls of these buildings left.
The Liberty Village name comes from it’s main street and the location of Toronto’s Central Prison at the beginning of the 1900′s. At the time of their release, all prisoners would walk along this road and therefore it became known as “Liberty Street”.
If you’re interested in grabbing a bite to eat or just sitting down for a drink, there’s a few restaurants we recommend in Liberty Village:
Williams Landing - 120 Lynn Williams St
This restaurant has an amazing patio with a great view that’s open all year long (parts are heated in the winter). The decor is very modern and industrial, reflecting the feel of the neighbourhood. The food at Williams Landing is certainly above average with lots of local fare and options for almost all dietary restrictions. The drinks list is extensive so if you’re there for a social gathering, there’ll be plenty for you to choose from. The place really fills up on the weekends (especially Friday and Saturday evenings) so expect to wait for a table if you want to sit. Check out their website for more information williamslanding.ca
Brazen Head - 165 East Liberty St.
This pub is by far the largest in this neighbourhood and with 450 seats you’re almost guaranteed a spot (except if you’re right after a soccer game at BMO stadium). The setting is very casual, resembling every other drinking hole in the city and the booze list extensive to please everyone. The food is a hit or miss but you generally can’t go wrong ordering classic pub fare. www.brazenhead.ca
Mildred’s Temple Kitchen - 85 Hanna Avenue, Suite 104
Definitely my favourite among the Liberty Village restaurants and especially for brunch. Although the dishes are a little small for their price, the food is of an outstanding quality. Local and seasonal fare makes up the entire menu and it is always delicious. The staff is very attentive and the decor beautiful. I strongly recommend this place! templekitchen.com