Distillery Historic District

Distillery Historic District

Distillery Historic District
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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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Neighbourhood: Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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  • susvegara
    Madrid, Spain2,203 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great chill out
    Ome of my favourite places of The city. A bit far away from downtown but easy access anyway. It's a great place to walk around, see the little shops and maybe have a drink or dine al fresco. There's so many choices. Find the love sign and the peace sign.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 September 2023
  • Anonymous855
    1,727 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cute area! Tad confusing at night to find specific places
    We went there to have dinner at El Catrin and stopped for ice cream afterward at "Scooped". I wish we would have been there earlier in the day to see the historic displays! The ambiance is fantastic and there are many places to sit and enjoy. It was within walking distance of our hotel and easy to get to, very safe. I'll go back there when I return to Toronto.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Zainab A
    Toronto, Canada1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Distillery in the daytime or nighttime??
    I love walking around the Distillery and exploring different stores and cafes. This time I visited in the morning and noticed that it's less busy, which means you get a better chance to appreciate the architecture and explore the art galleries. At night, it's more lively and the atmosphere is magical, especially when the winter village goes live. I find that weekdays are the best time to visit if you want to avoid crowds. I found this Distillery District map helpful
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 November 2023
  • Erika K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bang for your Buck
    We highly recommend this! My husband and I shopped around the distillery district first during the Winter Festival. Really beautiful and lots of nice shops. Our tour was with David and he was very knowledgeable and did an excellent job! Everything was very interesting, and we were taken to areas we wouldn't have went to had we not done the tour. David was so kind and fun. Highly highly recommend !!! Worth your buck.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 November 2023
  • EmLiesel
    Birmingham, United Kingdom227 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit when in Toronto
    We visited while in Toronto in February. It was a long cold walk but worth it. Given the time of the year it was really quiet which was really nice and as we didn't have to fight the crowds. We loved the red brick architecture and walking around the historic buildings. There is a great collection of shops and cafes and something for everyone. The prices were reasonable it was a really nice place to visit.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 December 2023
  • Cggrimm07
    Blackburn, United Kingdom267 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Distillery district, cool place to visit
    Interesting place to visit we visited in December so they had the Christmas market on , we visited during the day there were lots of stalls and shops to spend your time perusing. The Xmas decorations were a little different but the Dior Xmas tree looked fantastic. I would like to visit the area without the Christmas market to get a better picture of the distillery district it seemed like a chilled area to visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 January 2024
  • Stefan Overton
    Colchester, United Kingdom229 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Insta Friendly
    If you’re wanting some pics for the gram then this is a good place to go. A few installations to take pictures with (shown in pics attached). For the time of year we went, there wasn’t much open and it was pretty deserted so can’t give this a proper review but from what we saw, it was fun and I expect this is bustling in the Summer but we went in the Winter time. I’m still glad I went as there are still a few things to see. I would say, the surrounding areas are pretty run down and isn’t the prettiest of areas to be in.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 February 2024
  • vegetarian-girl
    Austin, Texas517 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great date venue
    My husband & I visited on a rainy day which took away from the experience but I can picture couples going on dates there because it was very charming & the industrial setting so quaint. There was a New Orleans theme going on & it reminds me of the warehouse district there. At night, it must be a great place to go with the lights & lively atmosphere.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 May 2024
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Rajesh Dey
Toronto, Canada20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Visiting Toronto's Distillery District during the Christmas season is like stepping into a winter wonderland where history and modernity meld seamlessly. This charming area, with its cobblestone streets and Victorian-era architecture, offers an enchanting experience that captures the festive spirit perfectly.

The district is adorned with stunning Christmas decorations and twinkling lights that cast a magical glow over the historic buildings. Each turn reveals a new picture-perfect scene, from the iconic Gooderham & Worts sign to the towering Christmas tree that becomes a focal point for visitors. The festive atmosphere is palpable, making it an ideal spot for both photographers and casual strollers alike.

Beyond its visual appeal, the Distillery District is bustling with activity. The small eateries and quaint shops add to its charm, offering everything from artisanal foods to unique, handcrafted gifts. Whether you're looking for a cozy café to warm up in or a boutique to find the perfect holiday gift, there's something to delight everyone.

Even if shopping isn’t on your agenda, wandering through the district is a joy in itself. The blend of historic facades with contemporary installations and pop-up markets creates an immersive experience that’s rich in both culture and holiday cheer. Street performers and carolers add to the ambiance, filling the air with music and merriment.

An afternoon or evening spent here is highly recommended. It’s not just a place to visit but an experience to be savored, especially during the festive season. For anyone in Toronto during Christmas, the Distillery District is an absolute must-see, capturing the essence of holiday magic in a truly unique setting.
Written 21 June 2024
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Xamot Tomax
Fort Wayne, IN6,942 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a great area for couples or families. A perfect place to explore the various shops and restaurants/bars. It’s so easy to spend an afternoon or evening just wandering around.
Written 18 June 2024
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John B
Toronto, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This is far and away my favourite area in Toronto and a must stop for any visitor. It has great shops, daily free outdoor concerts and so much character. There are so many amazing restaurants with beautiful patios and many things to do and see.
Written 1 June 2024
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LondonLockwood
Loughton, UK934 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A fantastic part of the town dedicated to fun .Lots of restaurants/bars ..unusual shops and even an outdoor stage which showcases live music on the weekend.
Great way to spend an afternoon.. My favourite eatery was Pure Spirit .. Well worth a visit ..
Written 26 May 2024
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vegetarian-girl
Austin, TX517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My husband & I visited on a rainy day which took away from the experience but I can picture couples going on dates there because it was very charming & the industrial setting so quaint. There was a New Orleans theme going on & it reminds me of the warehouse district there. At night, it must be a great place to go with the lights & lively atmosphere.
Written 18 May 2024
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KTP310
Reading, UK1,194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We loved wandering around the Distillery District. It has been beautifully converted and is full of historic information. There were loads of interesting shops, galleries and bars and it is a great place to while away a few hours.
Written 7 May 2024
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,776 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a superb complex in old Toronto. Lots of bars,cafes ,shops and art galleries. A great place to wander around and visit the numerous bars, especially the gin distillery.
Written 19 April 2024
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Marlene D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This District is a must-see.
The tour is our best Toronoto Experience so far. We learned a lot about the history and bring all those nice little stories and funfacts back home.
Written 16 April 2024
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Sara D
Seattle, WA80 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I don't know if it was the time of day (evening) or time of year (April) but everything was closed and it felt very deserted. We were hoping to ramble around to a few places for bites and drinks but this isn't really that kind of place. Luckily I'd picked a spot for dinner and they were open. Otherwise this feels like any other open air mall in a more historic setting. I'd skip it and head to Yorkville or Dundas and Ossington or one of the other truly bustling restaurant districts in the city.
Written 12 April 2024
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Gina M
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We had fun, more for adults, but Soma chocolates was quite a treat if you have younger ones. Lots of places to eat and have a drink.
Written 6 March 2024
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