Distillery District

The Distillery District is a popular Toronto destination featuring a variety of boutique shops and restaurants in a historic setting

The Toronto Distillery District
The Toronto Distillery District cc licensed photo by EyeNo

The brick-lined streets of the carefully restored Distillery Historic District are limited to pedestrian traffic making it an ideal place to relax and explore on foot. Numerous outdoor patios and restaurants create a interesting vibrant experience. You wont find any franchise stores here! The film industry has used this location for filming many popular movies.

This was the original site of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery - the largest distillery in the world by the 1860s. The de-industrialization of neighbouring areas finally resulted in shutting down all remaining distillery operations by 1990. In 2001, the rundown Distillery District, was reclaimed and transformed into a historical district with a unique collection of boutiques, art galleries, coffeehouses, restaurants and more. It also became the home to two theatre companies; the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Soulpepper Theatre Company and the George Brown College School Of Performing Arts. This reclamation project has preserved the largest collection of Victorian industrial buildings in North America.

The Historic Distillery District hosts the popular Toronto Christmas Market each year from mid November through mid December. It's one of the top rated Christmas Markets in the world — definitely worth a visit if you are in Toronto during that time.

The unique atmosphere and lighting at nighttime make this an ideal place to enjoy a date or romantic evening out.

The Distillery District is easy to get to by a combination of the TTC Subway and Streetcar or Bus. See the map and directions or use our instant route-finder below.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Distillery District

Fee: No

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: 55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada

Phone: (416) 364-1177

Official Website: Distillery District


Rated 4.6 out of 5The Distillery Historic District Star Rating

5 Star Rating A great touristy place to visit for eating, drinking and shopping. I was there in the evening and admission was free. The atmosphere is fantastic. It's an old Toronto neighborhood, literally a short walk from downtown - I found the walk to be pleasant and easy. The art galleries are great. It's easy to spend a few hours here, and it's worth coming back again and again. We had a great time exploring the neighborhood. Recommended!
Nataliia Holovanchuk - 18 days ago

4 Star Rating A historical tourist attraction featuring local brew pubs, eateries and shops, beautifully restored heritage distillery buildings and warehouses for modern living and attractions. Nice place to visit for learning a bit of Toronto's history, especially at their many seasonal festivals including Christmas holiday festivities.
J A Chen - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating Check the website for free entry dates and time, we went on a weekday in the evening and it was beautiful, it was a free entry. We could not meet Santa but the carols and the elves, the pancakes, was amazing. It's beautifully decorated, the Christmas tree and other decorations, it was worth the time
Sidhi Desai - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating Our next family Toronto adventure take us to The Distillery Historic District with a category of 4.6 and more than 19,893 reviews, this is incredible insane in christmas time. What was the largest and oldest whiskey textile factory in Canada is now one of the most visited destinations by tourists. Between restaurants, souvenir shops and art galleries, visitors enjoy every visit to this place. The Christmas Village is like a dream, you can feel the sensation of North Pole and people can here to celebrate this time of the year in family or with friends. Food, drinks, games, Santa with the elfs and more activities for the whole family. High recommend if you visiting Toronto.
Vicente Albuerne - 9 days ago

4 Star Rating Usually when I'm here, I'm working. Film hub! Was really nice to walk around with friends and explore. I feel more benches or seating would be good. Had to stand eating our snacks. Good vibe, clean shops.
June Emerson - 26 days ago

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TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Yonge-University-SpadinaKing or St. Andrew Station1 Minute
Bloor-DanforthCastle Frank Station3 Minutes

How to get to Distillery District by TTC Subway

From King or St. Andrew Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina Line take the #514 Cherry streetcar east to Distillery Loop located next to the east entrance.

From Castle Frank Station on the Bloor-Danforth Line take the #65 Parliament bus south to Parliament at Front Street. The entrance is just over 1 block farther south on your left.

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