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Distillery Historic District

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Address: 55 Mill St, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4, Canada
Phone Number: 416 364 1177
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

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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Nice place to visit

I visited this place during a 10 day trip to Toronto to visit my family. Here's my review about it Pros. - Beautiful place (Very Montreal-ish) - Nice stores to buy design stuff... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I visited this place during a 10 day trip to Toronto to visit my family. Here's my review about it Pros. - Beautiful place (Very Montreal-ish) - Nice stores to buy design stuff (including art and gourmet food) - Great place to take photos Cons - Lacks variety of restaurants - It needs an artisanal beer place Overall...I encourage you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This small pedestrian only village is a must see for travellers and locals alike. Within the brick walls are a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants perfect for a romantic date or family outing. Experience the atomosphere and remember to bring a 'love lock' for the wall to leave your mark!

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Torreon, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is great if you want to spend the time, several coffee shops and restaurants to go to, it's a really nice area and there is always things going on

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They have obviously spent a great deal of money converting this huge space into art galleries, craftsman's workshop and boutique type shops. Restaurants and bars. And an exhibition/ music venture. Well worth a few hours wandering around. If dining a bit on the expensive side. Must be good though judging by the queues. Especially at the oyster bar.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

While much is advertised about in the literature for this district, I think it is a bit overated. There isn't much you can do other than people watching while seated alfresco style in one of the cafe, have some food or visit the limited number of galleries and local craft shops. There were few tourists with some groups of students... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved everything there !!! There seems to always be something going on there we had a great time just looking around and meeting new people

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An historic area that has been transformed into an attractive tourist oriented shopping village. A great range of boutique stores and art galleries interspersed with restaurants and bars. Although some of the stores are a little over priced, the atmosphere is wonderful, and it is a must-see for anyone visiting Toronto. The Christmas Market is vibrant and exciting for adults... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Many restaurants to chose from, lovely sake bar and great coffee shops. Excellent place to spend the day just browsing in the many little shops.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is on the hop on hop off tour bus route. NIce bars and restaurants and lovely food. The area is an old distillery that has been revamped and turned into bespoke shops selling local art and hand made jewellery/crafts. Worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice area to browse and have lunch, dinner or drinks. Loved the buildings and vibe of the area. Many weddings taking place.

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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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