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The Distillery District, Toronto

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Historic Walking Area Neighborhood
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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  • There are a number of incredible restaurants and bars to choose from. Not very good for folks on a tight budget, but if you can afford to play this is one of the best areas in the city these days.  more »
  • The distillery district is a must see for tourists and locals alike. The historic buildings remain, but are now filled with restaurants, boutiques and craft stores. Located right on Lake Ontario, it i...  more »
  • Great niche / quirky shops from clothes, grafts to gifts etc in a well renovated historic setting. A few good places to eat and drink too.  more »
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  • Depends where you live this might definitely be a place worth seeing. I can imagine that it's quite a fun place at nights hanging around, having good food in the restaurants in this area, but honestly I wouldn't take a long ride just to see this place. It took me 45min to get there and based on the descriptions I read, I actually expected more... it's simply old factory buildings they put "fancy" stores in... and yeah there is definitely couple of cool stuff you can buy there, but that' s it. I missed some nice flair, nice atmosphere and I wonder where it got lost... because you really can do more out of these buildings... Even the recent artfest could not change my opinion... the atmosphere there was definitely not "fest-alike"...
  • Nice historic site with some interesting shops and events. Worth a visit by both locals and tourists. Stand outs include Soma Chocolate maker, Wildly Delicious Brick Street Bakery and Mill Street Brewery.
  • Fantastic place with good options for shopping and food. I recommend Mill St pub and brewery. Avoid during special events like Christmas if you want to stay away from crowds
  • Great place to wander, and there are some really neat shops. The restaurants are pretty good as well, but not all of them are open in the winter. Outdoor parking is quite limited, but there is an underground lot. It may be a little too touristy for some people, but it is definitely worth checking out at least once. The also have markets once in a while that, while very busy, can be fun.
  • Beautiful and historic neighborhood in Toronto I spent a few hours walking by the distillery district, from art galleries to hype bars. This place is perfect to hang out with friends or as a couple, in a sunny day. You don't wanna miss the LOVE letters and add your own locker on it ;)