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Distillery Historic District

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Address: 55 Mill Street, Toronto, Ontario MSA 3C4, Canada
Phone Number: 416 364 1177
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Antiquing, Biking, City walk sightseeing, Dining, Drinking, Getting married, Group tours/helicopter tour, Group tours/walking tour, Hiking, Motorcycling, Nightlife, People-watching, Running, Shopping, Viewing wildlife, Walking
Description: 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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The cobblestone streets make you think you are in Europe. The cafes are varied and full of flowers and heat lamps if need be. The food is usually very good and the Mill Street... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

The cobblestone streets make you think you are in Europe. The cafes are varied and full of flowers and heat lamps if need be. The food is usually very good and the Mill Street Brewery serves up frothy, cold beer! Great shops for poking around and artisans who will tell you all about how they make their pieces. Parking is... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

Adult family members enjoyed this tour immensely. The pace was easy. The guide was very pleasant and provided informative information.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

You can spend about an hour touring the galleries and nice upscale shops. There are also places to grab a bite to eat. Don't miss Biltmore domicile.

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Rotterdam, Niederlande
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

The area has a nice architecture and flair, however, I was disappointed when I saw that most buildings were occupied by expensive shops and restaurants making it mainly a touristic city sight.

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Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

The distillery district sounds as though it would be a large area of the city but in fact is a preserved former distillery and all the associated buildings. The area is pedestrian only and is all restored historic factory buildings with some great architecture. This is a great place to visit for an afternoon with loads of small boutique shops... More 

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Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Nice area every day and on the weekend there is a market too and sometimes street entertainers. Lots of shops and restaurants.

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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Very nice place to spend few hours. Good beer at mill st brewery and lots of cool shops. Beautiful old houses.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Nice place to visit with plenty of places to eat and drink and a few artist shops but not much else. There is also the Mill Street Brewhouse for some local beer.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Lovely area to walk around. Shops, boutiques and restaurants were a little expensive, although is a very nice area to look around. Very rustic and historic with a mix of modern. Worth the visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Love this area. So nice to stroll around. One of Toronto's most charming districts with unique boutiques and restaurants. Gets very windy and cold in the winter, though - the wind seems to funnel right through those small streets!

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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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