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

Fee: No

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 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

Directions

TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Yonge-University-SpadinaKing or St. Andrew Station4 Minutes
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 #504 King streetcar east to Parliament Street. Walk 2 blocks south on Parliament Street and look for the Gristmill Lane entrance just past Mill Street.

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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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5

4 Star Rating A beautiful place to take friends or a date. Between their one-of-a-kind vendors, Cacao 70 and their antique shops... You've got the perfect afternoon.

Michael Mekhail - 23 hours ago

4 Star Rating Fantastic place with good options for shopping and food. I recommend Mill St pub and brewery. Avoid during special events like Christmas if you want to stay away from crowds

Willian Corrêa - 10 days ago

4 Star Rating Nice historic site with some interesting shops and events. Worth a visit by both locals and tourists. Stand outs include Soma Chocolate maker, Wildly Delicious Brick Street Bakery and Mill Street Brewery.

Ethan Ferguson - 11 days ago

2 Star Rating Depends where you live this might definitely be a place worth seeing. I can imagine that it's quite a fun place at nights hanging around, having good food in the restaurants in this area, but honestly I wouldn't take a long ride just to see this place. It took me 45min to get there and based on the descriptions I read, I actually expected more... it's simply old factory buildings they put "fancy" stores in... and yeah there is definitely couple of cool stuff you can buy there, but that' s it. I missed some nice flair, nice atmosphere and I wonder where it got lost... because you really can do more out of these buildings... Even the recent artfest could not change my opinion... the atmosphere there was definitely not "fest-alike"...

Hele Na - 30 days ago

4 Star Rating Great place to wander, and there are some really neat shops. The restaurants are pretty good as well, but not all of them are open in the winter. Outdoor parking is quite limited, but there is an underground lot. It may be a little too touristy for some people, but it is definitely worth checking out at least once. The also have markets once in a while that, while very busy, can be fun.

Catharine Capener - 2 months ago

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