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The Distillery District, Toronto

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Once home to the British Empire's biggest producer of spirits, The Distillery District now represents one of Toronto's top tourist hubs, packed with shops and bars housed inside preserved Victorian-era buildings. This ten-street quarter contains dozens of old warehouses converted into modern art galleries, artist workshops, trendy eateries, and upscale boutiques. A popular gathering place for both tourists and locals, the neighborhood is especially crowded on weekends, when newlyweds come to pose in front of the area's iconic redbrick buildings. Browse the website for upcoming events, which include live jazz performances, food festivals, and art exhibits. Put The Distillery District into our Toronto itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Toronto.
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  • One of the places I can think out to spend a relaxing afternoon. There are a couple of galleries and interesting boutique stores you can take a look at. You can order a cup of coffee or tea, taste a c...  more »
  • The shops and restaurants were nice. But I dint think its really something you MUST visit. Good food though. 
  • Credetemi è una cosa favolosa, sono stato lì durante i mercatini di Natale ed e veramente bello. Anche se faceva molto freddo c'erano tante casertane all'aperto che ti davano bevande calde ,. Molto os...  more »
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  • Awesome market area, full of art galleries, niche shops, great coffee, and a lovely fall walk! They were setting up for Christmas when we were there, and it looks like it will be a lovely place in the winter. The antique store on site was amazing, and full of thousands of tiny treasures!
  • One of my favourite pockets of Toronto. It's tiny, but it feels like a whole new world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Reminds me of picturesque Old Montreal, which I wish we had more of here. Cobblestone roads, (seemingly) kerosene street lamps, cute and quaint stores that are well kempt. In the summer, it's nice to come here for just a stroll, visit Balzac's, and catch up with friends. In the winter, this place becomes absolutely magical during the Christmas Market. I do wish it was a little closer to the subway line, however.
  • This is an amazing place that you must visit when you're in Toronto. The shops are quaint fashionable and when you walk in you'll feel welcomed. There is literally something for everyone and their taste to do here. The buildings have a unique old world charm to them. My only regret was we could only stay a day. This would definitely be on my to do list again if I'm ever in the area.
  • Great area to wander around, very nicely restored. Mainly expensive shops but great place to enjoy a beer and people watch. Chocolate shop there is awesome too.
  • The Distillery District is a real gem. An amazing collection of Victorian streets and buildings that have been lovingly restored, inside & out, to their former glory. Just walking around here is an uplifting experience and their is a great collection of coffee shops, restaurants and shops to keep you happily occupied for hours.