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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We went here because many reviews said it was great for kids, yes it has a lot of old thing too look at and a pedestrian only section of town but it was too snooty and everything was way over priced. This is great for a date night but I found my 8 year old was very bored. The area had some great places to sit and eat outside but I found the shopping to be poor unless you want to purchase items that are marked up 300% or more. This would be a good place to take photos however non of the shops would let you take pictures inside which is a shame because the buildings on the inside were very unique.

Thank patjdevine
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

One area of Toronto well worth a visit is the Distillery District. In an old industrial area that once was home to Gooderham & Worts Distillery (in 1862 it cranked out more than 700,000 gallons of booze!), the buildings have been preserved and refurbished. The cobblestoned lanes that run through the old distillery are lined with boutiques, restaurants, galleries and other speciality shops. There is even a Japanese saki maker on site -- keeping the time honored tradition of spirits on the spot! Due to its 1800s architecture, the site has been the "set" for quite a few films. So you never know if you might run into a famous face or two. You might want to try the Mill Street Brew Pub for a taste of its micro brews made on the premises as well. Lunch, dinner too. My favorite spot is the Pure Spirits Oyster House for a glass of wine and some oysters or other seafood, which is the specialty. If it's just a coffee and pastry you are after, there is no shortage of coffee shops from Balzac's to Café Uno. Boutiques offer hand made jewelry, art, furniture, clothing. Three theatre companies put on a variety of productions in the theatre on Tankhouse Lane. It's a wonderful place to visit on a warm summer day, and even more fun in December! Each year before the holidays, The Distillery District is home to a Christmas Market, fashioned after the old European tradition with craft and food booths, mulled wine served outside under giant heaters, carollers strolling the cobblestones and a giant outdoor Christmas tree. Great place to shop for gifts too. One of Toronto's best outdoor and indoor attractions in my opinion.

Thank Foxlad47y
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Was there in the winter during the build up to Christmas, and attended an art exhibition. Lovely stalls and shops. A must see.

Thank Maudiemay1977
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

A collection of old restored buildings of a liquor distillery from the 1800's. It houses several art galleries, coffee shops, nik-nak shops, and super-overpriced restaurants. Walk through...take pictures, and depart. Parking available on-site. It's just above Lakeshore Blvd , off of Parliament St....that's about 5 minute drive east of downtown Toronto.

Thank Ron R
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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Strange. We spent 4 days in Toronto and this is the most vivid memory I have, it was my favorite part. There are not a lot of big attractions there but it was the best place to walk around. Old buildings and pedestrian only streets made it a wonderful experience. I reccomend going to the Mill St brew house. Food was good, beer was excellent! But make sure you tell her what size you want or she will bring you a pint

Thank Trevos7
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