Don’t be fooled by this area’s industrial outlook. Its factories and warehouses have been repurposed as chic studios, restaurants, and retailers, creating a balance between modern urbanity and old-school charm.
HIGH MARKS From the wall of clocks to the clipboard menus, School Bakery and Café sure knows how to play up its theme. Some of the cocktails are even served in science flasks! Satisfy your comfort food cravings with crowd pleasers like the super cheesy cheddar French toast, plus a variety of salads, sandwiches and a filling brunch spread.
CORNER POCKET Though it’s a hot spot for big events and parties, the Academy of Spherical Arts is open daily for individuals and smaller groups, too. After a delicious meal, head over to one of the antique pool tables—some of which were made in the same building in the early 1900s.
READY TO WEAR Chic Vocado offers sartorial savvy for the urban fashionista. Clothing, shoes and accessories by such Canadian and international designers as J Brand, BB Dakota, Hunter and Dex, ensures options galore for on-trend women seeking outfits for work and play.
FULFILLING FLAVOUR Inspired by old-fashioned good eats, popular Mildred’s Temple Kitchen dishes out from-scratch fare for that home-cooked taste. The airy dining room fills up while the open kitchen prepares delectable options for lunch, dinner and brunch—the blueberry pancakes are always a highlight. Gather your friends and family for conversation and consumption around a kitchen table.
FRESH BAKED The aroma of fresh-baked sweets is impossible to ignore at For the Love of Cake. Cupcakes are a specialty, with quirky flavours like Guinness chocolate and maple-bacon, as well as classics like red velvet and strawberry shortcake. If one treat isn’t enough, the bakery also designs custom cakes for weddings, birthdays and other special events.
APPEALING IMAGES A combination print shop, gallery and learning centre, 44 Wide caters to all things photography. Its signature service allows you to upload your best photos for professional enhancement and printing to high-quality canvas. And whether you’ve been shooting for years or a few days, you’re sure to benefit from workshops on everything from camera skills to using editing software. 171 East Liberty St., 1-877-846-8124; www.44wide.com.