Distillery Historic District

Distillery Historic District

Distillery Historic District
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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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Neighborhood: Downtown
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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Chris Stephens
Norwich, UK52 contributions
Aug 2022
Beautifully and faithfully restored former beer distillery that makes you feel like you're in the 1800s. Lots of independent furniture, design, clothing, and art stores everywhere to shop in. Tons of great restaurants, coffee shops, and ice cream stores (highly recommend visiting Balzac's Coffee!). Even a theatre for plays and concerts! Good transport connections either by walking along the Esplanada or taking the 504B King streetcar line. Obviously pricier than other areas of the city, you're paying for the theming and atmosphere.
Written August 10, 2022
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Abbie S
Leeds, UK178 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Lovely historical district with independent shops and food/drink places.

We took a walking tour on a Sunday which was informative and helped us learn the history
We came back on the Monday to look round the shops but quite a few were closed on Mondays so bear that in mind.

Must visits are the Scooped ice cream shop (spend the extra $2 and get the delicious waffle cone), getting a beer from Mill Street Brewpub and browsing the shops (I especially liked Peace Collective)

Also it's not obviously sign posted but you can actually go into a lot of the buildings and see old photos/drawings of the past
Written September 19, 2022
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carolfromcalgary2017
Calgary, Canada45 contributions
Sep 2021
Spent a few hours walking around and looking in the shops. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in September it was very crowded with one hour waits for restaurants. We decided on a gelato break and just kept walking. It is a beautifully restored area and very easy to access if you are in the downtown area.
Written February 2, 2022
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Gary K
Oakville, Canada2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Im my opinion its good for Torontonions but nothing to rave about if you are visiting from any major global city and no Toronto is not a world class city. Whats so good about this place? Standing in line to grab a pint in one of the 3 bars in this "distillary district". Every place has lineups to get in, so if its a spur of a moment thibg to go there you will be out of luck to eat anywhere. You need reservations for most of the venues. Make sure to go before 4pm during the Christmas Market its free, after 4pm its 8 bucks.

I will say its decent to take a few pics if you have little kids and want some outdoor pics with some giant christmas tree. Otherwise trust me you will leave in 20 minutes.
Written December 30, 2021
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MandaGo
Gold Coast, Australia44 contributions
Dec 2019
Went here while I was visiting Toronto with some friends. We went online just to find out more details and saw that you had to purchase tickets to enter, so we bought tickets which ended up costing around 35 dollars each. We got to the location and there was a giant line up that wrapped around the entire building, so we asked one of the volunteers if we had to wait in line since we already had purchased tickets (or if there was a seperate line for people who had purchased tickets previously). They told us no, so we went into the back of the line which we waited for close to an hour to get in.

We asked a couple of others who were in the line if they had bought tickets and everyone kept saying no. We finally get to the front and we notice everyone is just going straight on in, it wasn't until we asked someone about our tickets that they mentioned: "oh we can scan them."

WASTE OF MONEY.

If we had of known you can get in for free, we wouldn't have bought tickets. Also the customer service of whoever deals with the sales of these tickets is absolutely terrible.

So next Christmas markets, save your money for some mulled wine :)
Written January 26, 2020
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Reza Sattarzadeh
Muscat, Oman2,144 contributions
Jul 2020 • Solo
Distillery District is that area of town where you truly feel that you're walking in a historical setting. From the old buildings, most of which have become bars and restaurants, to art installations, the walking in the district is a rewarding experience. It can get very busy during the touristy season, though that matters on the time of the day. Expect to stop at a few points to take photos.
Written August 22, 2020
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doctorfoxtrot
Taguig City, Philippines7,707 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Looking at the old brick buildings you can just learn of the history of how the place came to be. News was that the alcohol prohibition during the early era forced a renowned gangster to buy his liquor here. But history aside , there is an ongoing light festival at this place. An art exhibit goes around in different areas, nice for photo shoot . Nice to stroll around , as long as the unpredictable winter condition would cooperate . Suggest to try the artisanal beers , they are free for tasting . Or the sampler hard drinks at a minimum cost. Or the wickedly spicy chocolate drink .
Written February 23, 2020
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Str8_Shot
Toronto, Canada24 contributions
Aug 2019
I was hoping that there was going to be some really interesting historical facts about this re-purposed area, but I found little. Every store and restaurant was over-priced and the parking was not cheap. I don't care for shopping but am interested in food, history, and art. The food caters to the masses and as such I do not think the establishments are interested in quality service. The art galleries had some interesting items, but nothing that other places in Toronto don't have. Did like Corktown Designs.
Written February 23, 2020
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n s
Toronto, Canada396 contributions
Nov 2019
A popular area for Christmas shopping and restaurants in the summer and holiday season. $5.00 per person charge for the dubious privelege of joining the crowds at the Christmas Market on weekends. It does house one of Toronto's best theatre companies, Soulpepper.
Written January 26, 2020
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AnnArmstrogn
Kuching, Malaysia74 contributions
Aug 2022
The Distillery Historic District has moved away from its original brewing roots. It has maintained the authenticity of the original structures, but have adapted for the current era. Instead of brewing spirits, there are plenty of places brewing coffee. It is a very artistic corner of Toronto and is home to several art galleries. It is a pleasant place to visit.
Written September 8, 2022
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