The Food Hall With It All: Who’s Here At The Food District

February 21, 2020

Who’s Here At The Food District

The Food District concept was developed to cater to the growing interest in today’s food culture, with the focus on offering local, high quality and hand-made foods in a setting that embraces both new- and old-world food emporiums.

The Food District offers an outstanding array of specialty products, a space to meet with friends and loved once, cooking classes, exclusive tastings, and parties inside The District Kitchen.

Explore below and get a taste of the exclusive merchants offering exceptional quality products inside The Food District. 

Arvinda’s Spices & Chai

Want to add a little spice to your life? Find freshly roasted, ground, and small batch masalas (Indian spice blends) as well as international spice blends at Arvinda’s. These easy-to-use spices, blended with local Ontario garlic, exude freshness and authenticity and are the key to unlocking delicious curry dishes.

And don’t forget to take a cup of authentic chai masala tea to go for an instantly uplifting experience!

Bake Three Fifty

This award-winning dessert company – and Instagram favourite – is best known for its build-your-own cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches, and milkshakes. Get creative in your quest to satisfy your sweet tooth by loading up on decadent or unexpected toppings (like Froot Loops ® and gummy bears).

Want to keep it simple? Pick one of Bake Three Fifty’s signature creations for an easy, delicious treat.

Blackjack BBQ

It’s always barbecue season! Bring an appetite to this sit-down Southern-inspired restaurant as you dig in to fan favourites like Sweet Whiskey Pork Ribs, Bj’s Double Stacked Burger, or anything off their All You Can Eat menu (available all day, every day). And for non-meat eaters, enjoy vegan “ribs” made from grilled organic tempeh, smothered in balsamic and garlic BBQ sauce.

Is your mouth watering yet?

Blooming Cotton Candy

Step right up to the cutest – and sweetest – cart in town! This pop-up features ultra-Instagrammable, pastel-hued cotton candy formed into fluffy bunnies, ducks, and teddy bears. There’s enough for yourself or to share, making this a truly sweet treat.

Get your cute cotton candy character until March 1! Color

Blossom Moments

If you need a last-minute hostess gift or just a little pick-me-up for yourself, Blossom Moments is your one-stop shop for gorgeous bouquets. You’ll find a stunning array of fresh and lush flowers like peonies, ranunculuses, anemones, garden roses – and more.

Want something a little different? Founder Natalie is known for succulents potted in vintage tea cups! ist Table 6


This special division of the Danish Pastry House is all about bread, or “brød” in Danish (say “broy”), staying true to the Danish household custom of eating rye or French bread for breakfast with a cup of coffee. Enjoy several rustic breads such as Danish Rye Bread, Danish Stone Age Bread (“Stenalder Brød”), a Paleo-friendly, gluten-free loaf that’s packed with protein; among others. Get cozy with family recipes and try some traditional Danish brød today!

Chocollata Gourmet

The Food District at Square One Shopping Centre, photographed by Adam Zimerman

Family-owned and first of its kind in the GTA, Chocollata Gourmet specializes in gourmet Brazilian brigadeiros. Described as a cross between truffles, caramels, and fudge, brigadeiros are a must-try for chocoholics. Every single confection at Chocollata Gourmet is lovingly made by hand and are serious eye candy!

If you’re a chocoholic (or know one) – a selection of brigadeiros in a gorgeous box makes a great gift!

Craft Chippery

You’ll never go back to prepackaged potato chips after tasting the Craft Chippery’s wares: hot, delicious chips that are made to order, right before your eyes. Ray Woodey, the company’s founder, invented a continuous kettle cooking machine to bring his vision to life – bringing fresh, quality chips closer to customers.

Feeling adventurous? Try nachos with fun toppings like jerk chicken, montreal smoked meat, or chopped pickle.

Dal Moro’s Fresh Pasta To Go

Founder Gabriele Dal Moro comes from seven generations of chefs in Italy, so you know this pasta is the real deal. Authentic, fresh, and traditional recipe pasta dishes are made from scratch on-site and are served in convenient to-go style packaging – so you can enjoy it anywhere! Choose your pasta, add one of their 13 different sauces, and finish with toppings like diced olives to create your perfect combo.

Let the carb-loading begin!

Hale Coffee

Caffeine = shopping fuel. This Toronto-based specialty coffee roaster sources the best beans from around the world, roasted with no chemicals or additives, so you can have good coffee, more often. There’s plenty of options outside of coffee too – salads, sandwiches, baked goods, kombucha, nitro cold brew and oat milk for lactose-intolerant and vegan coffee drinkers.

No matter what you’re looking for, this team of baristas will send you off shouting, #HaleYeah!


Hattendo was founded in Minatomachi in Mihara, Hiroshima in 1933 and brings this history, passion and experience to The Food District. Enjoy the ultimate melt-in-your-mouth cream buns with a soft texture that always begs for another bite.

If you’re looking for a Japanese chilled cream bun that is pure perfection, look no further!

Photo: @hattendocanada

Kingston Olive Oil Co.

One of the tastiest (and easiest!) appetizers to serve your guests is olive oil and balsamic vinegar with crusty bread. At Kingston Olive Oil Co, they take their olive oil and balsamic very seriously, so you can have the best possible ingredients. The Kingston Olive Oil Co. also carries different varieties of oil such as roasted almond, walnut, and black truffle.

Boost your salads and appetizers with harvests from around the world.

La Carnita

Locally designed with the help of some of Toronto’s best street style artists, La Carnita is the spot to enjoy delicious tacos, a handful of churros, run through a mixtape, and wash it all down with a fresh cocktail or beer.

Stop by for a dynamic menu and bond over a love of art and music

Ma’s Best Quality Soup

Ma’s Best Quality Soups offers a variety of premium-quality soups made with nutritious and delicious all-natural ingredients. They carry many gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options to satisfy everyone’s needs.

Stay warm with a healthy and hearty soup!


For pizza lovers – if you’re in the mood for a slice, head to MidiCi for authentic Neapolitan pizza. For starters, the dough is made with only four ingredients: flour, water, sea salt, and live yeast (resulting in a crisp, chewy crust); topped with traditional garnishes, like crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, then baked to perfection for only 90 seconds in a wood-fire oven.

Photo: @midici

Pier 87

Pier 87, a modern fish market, offers top quality, sustainable seafood for everyone to enjoy. You can shop for fresh or frozen seafood to go or indulge in some tasty eats. Pier 87’s menu includes a wide variety of freshly shucked oysters, Lobster Rolls (made with Nova Scotia lobster), Poké Bowls, and Calamari Fries – to name a few.

Explore Pier 87 and see food differently!


Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean at Plancha!  Fresh, local ingredients are used to create healthy and tasty dishes such as Persian Wild Mushroom Soup, The Fainting Priest (a Moroccan flatbread sandwich made with grilled eggplant, tahina, and feta), and Planchuka (an all-day breakfast item made with organic eggs, spinach, tomatoes, and goat cheese).

Dine local, taste global!

Sabana Cheese – Fresh Latin Cheese

Honor your love for cheese by indulging at Sabana—an Ontario-made, artisan-style, Latin cheese producer. The hand-made Latin cheese is made by Ontario fresh cow’s milk to make cheese like Queso FrescoQueso Blanco, and Queso Cotija.

Visit Sabana to enjoy exceptional quality, hand-stirred Latin cheese – in an old-fashioned way!

Sweet Jesus

As leaders in the confectionary game, Sweet Jesus offers high-quality ingredients and products to create something that tastes and looks good.

Get your sugar rush on at Sweet Jesus!

Photo: @sweetjesus

Tao Tea Leaf

When it’s time for tea, there’s no better place than Tao Tea Leaf. Explore over 180 varieties of healthy tea including chai, chamomile.

There’s always time for a cup of tea at Tao Tea Leaf!

The Box Donut

Square Donut? Yes, Please! At The Box Donut, each donut is unique, handmade, beautifully adorned and made with the finest ingredients – such as Callebaut chocolate. Special care has been devoted to the creamy fillings (without additives and food colouring) and the jams (homemade and preservative-free).

Fan favorites include Raspberry Pistachio, Flower (featuring lavender cream), and Chili Chocolate.

The Macaron Boutique

The Macaron Boutique is THE destination for picture-perfect (and tasty) French macarons. Whether you’re into the classics (vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate) or looking for something a little outside the box (orange blossom, earl grey, or jasmine grapefruit with mango), you’re sure to find your favorite flavor.

The Pie Commission

Craving amazing savory meat pies?  Using only the freshest ingredients, The Pie Commission specializes in flaky, mouth-watering flavors that ranges from Beef ’n Beer to Butter Chicken.

That’s some bloody good pies!

The Wine Shop & Tasting Room

Your wine experience starts here! The Wine Shop and Tasting Room proudly serves wines from the Niagara Peninsula and includes award-winning offerings from Peller Estates, Trius Winery, Wayne Gretzky Estates, and Thirty Bench.

Visit The Wine Shop for a first class experience in wine excellence!

Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake

Experience delicious Japanese cheesecake that’s made from selected ingredients including decadent cream cheese, premium butter and the finest farm-fresh eggs. Each ingredient is mixed and baked with care to produce a cheesecake that tastes pure, natural and of course, delicious!

Visit Uncle Tetsu’s for an incredible cheesecake experience!

Photo: @uncletetsucanada

Village Juicery

Founded by nutritionists, Village Juicery offers 100% organic cold pressed juices, plant-based foods, and various booster shots. Fan favorites include: Be Nourished (apple, cucumber, and swiss chard), Be Active (beet, pear, apple, ginger and lemon) and Be Radiant (carrot, sweet potato, lemon, apple, and turmeric).

Start your healthy journey at Village Juicery.