Riverdale’s GEM: Our newest collaborative-run beer garden


It’s all about the beachy vibes: the sand lot, hanging barn lights, and the sunset orange picnic tables along with Muskoka chairs really make you feel like you’re on vacation in Mexico. Gerrard East Market, also known as GEM is your new family and pet-friendly outdoor summer patio.

Since there is limited indoor and outdoor dining space available on Gerrard St East, GEM highly benefits local restaurants such as the Pinkerton, La Cubana, and Poor Romeo. These vendors offer so many different variety-style meals that everyone with different taste buds can enjoy. GEM doesn’t target one specific audience; it invites everyone with open arms.

Riverdale is one big community, and this is an ideal way to bring the local restaurants and its residents together to support each other during these difficult times.


This outdoor patio is also highly supported by Mayor John Tory and Toronto-Danforth Councillor Paula Fletcher.

Of course, social distancing measurements are enforced. You’ll find plastic coverings between the picnic tables, contactless delivery from these local restaurants, and masks are mandatory upon arrival until you’re seated. The staff are helpful and will serve you quick with your drinks while you wait for your online order to be delivered.

How does it work?
Since it’s a walk-in only, you’ll have to wait in line outside of GEM. Each restaurant has their own QR codes attached to your table for easy ordering and contactless and cashless payment. You just have to ensure that you put your right table number in your order! Drinks can be ordered directly from the GEM staff using their pay-per-round method.


We hope GEM can be an eye-opening and pleasurable experience and makes you want to visit their local restaurants in the fall. The pop-up outdoor patio is open Thursdays to Sundays. Since the pop-up is part of the CafeTO program, you can expect GEM to run until November of this year.

Opening hours
Thursday: 6-10pm
Friday: 6-11pm
Saturday: noon-11pm
Sunday: noon-10pm

1014 Gerrard St East, Toronto, Ontario


  • Natalie Richardson says:

    Great post Fleur – thank you for sharing this information!

  • Dutchie says:

    Thanks for publishing such informative article, Fleur. In Europe we adore the sun and using SPF is not a very common thing. Also, I remember that in the early days, SPF didn’t go higher than 30 and we only used it while on the beach. And when someone got a sun burn, we just laughed and put slices of cucumber on it to cool it down. You are absolutely right, we need to include SPF in our daily skin routine. Now one more challenge to go: introduce this to my husband.

    • Fleur Boomsma says:

      Thank you for sharing this little story! If we can normalize the use of sunscreen a lot of skin cancer could be prevented! Luckily the skincare companies are getting more innovative with their formulas to make sunscreen attractive for everyone of all skin colors/conditions/types!

  • Eva B says:

    So informative! Thank you for the sunscreen recommendations xx

  • Jennifer says:

    Sunscreen can save your life!!

  • Sue says:

    Your hair looks lovely. I want to try this now.

  • Celine says:

    Hello! I want to ask, after using the innisfree super volcanic mask, you rinse it off and then do you apply your skincare after that? or do you just leave your bare face after rinsing the clay mask off?

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