Every Neighbourhood Tells a Story
Every Neighbourhood Tells a Story Toronto isn’t all glass towers and glittering skyscrapers. A proud “city of neighbourhoods,” Toronto has revitalized three of its key heritage districts, where the unique cultural vibe, attractions and stylish venues inspire Instagram-worthy moments.
THE DISTILLERY DISTRICT
The collection of Victorian-era industrial buildings, that were once part of the Gooderham & Worts Distillery, have been authentically restored and retrofitted to house cute cafés, fashionable shops, cutting-edge restaurants and cultural spaces. The district is a National Heritage Site and a must-see for visitors to Toronto.
Cluny Bistro Private Dining Room: A modern French casual bistro, Cluny’s private dining room can host 80 for a seated dinner.
Archeo: Located in the old carpentry shop, the warm and intimate space is accented by high yellow pine ceilings, exposed brick walls and reclaimed timber bar and tabletops. Hosts 150 for cocktails and 118 for a plated event.
The Loft: The newly renovated mezzanine level of The Boiler House features stunning décor against a historic backdrop, harvest-style tables and a 20-foot bar. Hosts 120 for cocktails.
The Fermenting Cellar: This 7,500-sq.-ft. flagship venue, with its heavy timber beams, 32-foot high ceilings and industrial chic vibe, is a blank canvas for gatherings of 600 for cocktails and 350 for a plated dinner.
The 19th century factories and warehouses that dot the Liberty Village neighbourhood just west of downtown are now home to tech startups, cozy cafés and enterprising restaurants. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is a popular local hangout serving locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Its VIP seating area gives groups of 14 an exclusive, behind-the-scenes view of the kitchen. The restaurant can host 100 for a sit down dinner or 200 for a cocktail reception.
Caffino Ristorante: Classic Italian food is served in a former Victorian rug-making factory; beautifully renovated with soaring windows, high ceilings and an outdoor courtyard. The dining room can host 125 for dinner.
EVERGREEN BRICK WORKS
An oasis of calm in the bustling city, the Brick Works was once a noisy brickmaking factory and quarry. Today, wildlife thrives in peaceful ponds and meadows where the quarry once stood. The site’s collection of sustainably-focused new and original structures (16 of which are deemed historically significant), as well as imaginative outdoor spaces, play host to community festivals, workshops and art installations. Tap into teambuilding opportunities, such as outdoor seasonal planting or ice skating.
The CRH Gallery and Koerner Gardens: A 28,000 sq.-ft. bright and versatile space featuring long kilns and drying tunnels lit by architectural lighting.
The Pavilions: A centrally located and covered 25,000 sq.-ft. outdoor space with capacity for 2,000 guests.
The BMO Atrium: Located in the Platinum Centre for Green Cities and with capacity for 250 guests, this versatile space is a combination of industrial brick and modern architecture accented by graffiti walls and soaring ceilings.
Frances and Tim Price Terrace: This 7,500 sq.-ft. outdoor space provides an impressive panoramic view of the ponds and the Weston Family Quarry Garden.