Neighbourhood Spotlight: Entertainment District


Toronto’s Entertainment District is perhaps one of Rent It Furnished’s most popular areas amongst tenants. The area attracts rental-seekers from all around the world, from celebs visiting for TIFF to executives looking for a downtown location. Found in the downtown core and bordered by the Toronto Waterfront District, the Entertainment District stays true to its name by offering endless options from the best theatres, nightclubs, and tourist attractions to exciting shopping and dining establishments.

Originally a warehouse neighbourhood for the textile industry known as the Garment Industry, the streets of the Entertainment District are lined with many of Toronto’s historically preserved red-brick exterior buildings and facades. Fast forward to a few years later when these affordable buildings were converted to trendy nightclubs, the area became coined as the Club District and once housed a total of 90 night clubs. Its no wonder why this charming ‘hood became so appealing to developers, and soon enough warehouses were turned into lofts, night-clubs became high-end restaurants and high-rise condos began to make their appearance. This area was soon transformed from the Club District into what it is now known as, the Toronto Entertainment District. Undoubtedly one of Toronto’s most iconic neighbourhoods, there’s a reason why Rent It Furnished decided to make our Toronto home in this trendy ‘hood!

To get the full picture of what the Entertainment District has to offer, we decided to break down the top features of this dazzling downtown neighbourhood for you.

Places to Eat

If you’re a foodie, this area is jam-packed with renown Toronto restaurants, bakeries and bars as well as local dives and iconic Toronto hot spots. In the summertime, restaurants blossom with chic patios where you will be able to enjoy the hot weather while you indulge in a beverage or two. Thai lovers can enjoy the fresh take on Thai street food at PAI while those looking for a high-end dining experience can partake in a 10-course tasting menu at Canada’s renown ALO. Looking for something in between? Check out the many gastro-pubs and local dives like Bar Hop, The Office Pub, and The Elephant & Castle. The Entertainment District knows that Torontonians can’t start their day without a good cup of coffee. Throughout this hood, you will find unique coffee shops like Quantum and Strange Love, or if you’re on a health kick you can opt for a healthy smoothie at Calii Love. No matter what your taste in food is, what type of atmosphere you are looking for or what your budget is, the Entertainment District has an option for everyone!

Things to Do

They don’t call it the Entertainment District for nothing, this ‘hood is home to a large concentration of Toronto theatres, attractions, and dance clubs. The nightlife is always bustling here whether its 30 degrees out or minus 30. Check out an inspiring musical performance at the Roy Thomson Hall, catch an indie flick at the TIFF Bell Lightbox or see what’s the latest musical playing at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. If you love comedy, you can grab tickets to the latest sketch comedy show at The Second City or see who’s performing stand-up at Yuk Yuk’s. Interested in a more participation-friendly evening? Head over to the Ballroom Bowl where you will find two levels dedicated to bowling, ping pong, and pool. Or better yet, The Rec Room found right by the Steam Whistle Brewery is loaded with over 80 arcade style games including a go-kart style Mario Kart and VRX Car Simulator.

Top Attractions

Toronto’s most iconic landmarks have made their home in the Entertainment District. You simply cannot stroll through this neighbourhood without snapping pics left and right. The CN Tower is not only historic but awe-inspiring. Test your fear of heights by taking the elevator up this 533-meter tower to walk across the glass floor or dine in the revolving restaurant. Whether you’re into sports or music, you will be able to see top entertainers of all genres at the Roger’s Center and the Air Canada Center. Experience the beauty of the ocean at Toronto’s newest installation, Ripley’s Aquarium, or shop till you drop along trendy Queen Street.

The absolute best feature of the Entertainment District is that it is surrounded by Toronto’s trendiest areas and has easy transit access so you can skip across town quickly. Not only are we experts in everything that the Entertainment District has to offer, but we are experts in this area’s rental market. Interested in an Entertainment District rental? Check out our Toronto property listings to view our fabulous selection of furnished and unfurnished Entertainment District properties. Or, if you have a furnished or unfurnished suite in this area that you are looking to rent out, speak to one of our leasing specialists to see how we can help market your property.