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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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  • Everything is optimized to make this district an attraction of the city. Old docks and Distillery, this neighborhood could become an area to be avoided. On the contrary: beautiful rehabilitation, respected architecture, shops, restaurants, everything is unusual and definitely worth a visit
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  • We had the hotel near this site, an old factory turned into characteristic area with local shops but sparse, the charm of the old distillery. There are still some that used machine on display. Recommended! If you don't stop to eat or drink in half an hour you see everything.
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  • Lots to see with interesting boutiques and shops. We didn't stop for food but there are several places to eat. If visiting the city, it is worth the visit!  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"...
  • Totally love the feel of distillery district. Being a photographer too I love doing my shoots there. Always something or the other going on there like exhibition etc. Recently there was a shooting of a TV series going on. All in all it is a fun place with shops and restaurants. Good for summers.
  • This place looks really amazing. I'm used to the European style old towns so this one was quite surprising. I like the industry style buildings - they're perfectly maintained. Will definitely come back.
  • Lots of shopping and food. Great place to bike too if you are in Toronto. Lots of photo opportunities. Must have seen about 6 wedding parties taking photos.
  • A beautiful place to take friends or a date. Between their one-of-a-kind vendors, Cacao 70 and their antique shops... You've got the perfect afternoon.

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