Toronto's Entertainment District is a downtown area where you'll find some of the city's best bars and restaurants, major theatre productions and great hotels. Redevelopment began in the former industrial area in the in the 1980s, and growth continues today thanks to an influx of hip condos and lofts.
See & Do
This neighbourhood has fun for everyone! The Royal Alexandra Theatre's 1962 refurbishment sparked the growth of what is today a lively theatre district along King Street West, where productions such as Mamma Mia! and The Lion King have played. Or visit the Toronto International Film Festival's permanent home, the TIFF Bell Lightbox, for year-round screenings of great movies, old and new. Sports fans can get their fix at the nearby Air Canada Centre and Rogers Centre.
Thousands descend on the Entertainment District nightly for its nightlife and live performances, and leading Toronto chefs are taking advantage of that. Dining options abound for picky eaters and gourmands, quick pre-theatre bites or all-night meals. Brassaii is popular for brunch, dinner or cocktails. Le Select Bistro has drawn fans of classic French fare for more than 30 years. And Lee presents diners with chef Susur Lee's menu of Asian with modern twists.
The energy level in Toronto's Entertainment District neighbourhood is always high, but the area really comes alive at night. The young and young-at-heart can dance to tunes spun by great DJs at nightclubs including This is London and Century Room. Those seeking cocktail culture can find a great drink at SpiritHouse. Or grab a table at The Rex for a showcase of the best in live jazz and blues every night of the week.
After a long day of dining, theatre-going and dancing at the clubs, there's nothing better than knowing you have a comfortable bed nearby. The Entertainment District offers a variety of choices to suit all budgets and needs. Those looking to stay at a reliable chain hotel can choose the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown. The SoHo Metropolitan offers a stylish stay at a comfortable price. Or for a splurge, look to the brand new Shangri-La Toronto Hotel.