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Distillery Historic District

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As featured in 3 Days in Toronto and 2 other guides
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Address: 55 Mill Street, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 416-364-1177
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The Distillery District is an internationally acclaimed village of...

The Distillery District is an internationally acclaimed village of brick-lined streets and dozens of vibrantly restored Victorian Industrial buildings. It’s one of Ontario’s hottest tourist attractions and home to live theatres, galleries, fashion, design and jewelry boutiques, unique cafes and award-winning restaurants. It’s all completely closed to traffic and just a few minutes walk from downtown Toronto.

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unique spot in the city

The distillery district has it all...charming shops, the best chocolate in town (soma), and great coffee and pastries. Brick walkways and old world charm. The Christmas market has... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

The distillery district has it all...charming shops, the best chocolate in town (soma), and great coffee and pastries. Brick walkways and old world charm. The Christmas market has gotten worse...too commercial and now paid entry. Avoid peak times and weekend evenings in high season. Nothing is charming when packed. Parking is costly with no on street options if you drive.

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Thank Cubby V
Toronto, ON
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Tried poutine; it was nice. Walked around but would like to go back to take more of a look as it was so cold that day.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Way too crowded to enjoy. The ambience is beautifully created. The buildings are wonderfully restored. The stores are interesting but unaffordable. T-shirt at $80 each? Preposterous. The restaurants are not too bad. Maybe more different cuisines of the world?

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Thank Julie W
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely inside and outside shopping area with plenty of patio fireplaces to stop fo a drink or some food. Apple cider, giant Christmas tree, entertainment on stage.an experience for sure!

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Thank Dan H
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visit the Distillery District frecuently and always find something new, specially the galleries they always have new and great art! Also, there are many little stores with interesting things, one is the hats store " The Saucy Milliner" the owner is so nice and the hand made hats are beatiful!

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went while they were having the Christmas Market. Lots to see and lots to sample. Many things I've not seen elsewhere. Lots of restaurants on site and a few little rides for kids. Plus Santa and a huge Christmas tree. Take the kids and stay for 3-4 hours.

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Georgetown, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We spent a nice evening at the distillery district during the Christmas market. Stores are quaint but only one bldg had items from local artisans - most were filled with kitschy things that were meant for tourists. The outdoor patios were really nice, but extremely busy. Fortunately we went during the week and didn't have to pay for a ticket.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Rather overhyped area of the city ....but still okay for a wander and a spot of lunch/quick beer or two.

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place gets a lot of recognition for being a fun place to be around, but it is a bit overhyped, especially around its Christmas market. It is nice, but better to visit on a weekday when there are fewer tourists, and maybe better off not to drive as parking can sometimes be an issue. There are some good galleries... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a pretty little area of Toronto worth a visit. There are some nice little independent and quirky shops and good bars and restaurants. Enjoyed a nice afternoon wandering, drinking and people watching in the sun.

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