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
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Address: 55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada
Phone: (416) 364-1177
Official Website: Distillery District
|TTC Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Yonge-University-Spadina||King or St. Andrew Station||1 Minute|
|Bloor-Danforth||Castle Frank Station||3 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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Ratedout of 5
Really fun and cool place to visit. If you are into spirits and arts, and fancy artisan goods, this is the place to be. It has a rustic Old Toronto feel to it. Good for family, youngsters or couples.
Abhi G - 4 days ago
Was here with my son this evening to see the light festival. Had a great time lots of different kinds of lights. There is even some food huts to buy some food a drinks both kid friendly and adult friendly drinks. If you wanted to there were some shops to walk around in and do some shopping while you are there.
Lynne Thibault - 1 month ago
Beautiful place with highend unique shops. I love the art galleries too. Inside there are a few absolutely amazing restaurants and u love the coffee shop. Very neat art and photography shops everywhere. Great scenery too, a lot of the original factory there including some cool old vehicles. Inside the buildings they have a lot of the original factory machines around. Really Nice, great place.
KE Purdon - 1 month ago
An excellent example of successful reclamation of urban space! Some really impressive historical documentation about the area. Unlike many other places that revive neighborhoods, the Distillery Historical District provides context in a small "museum." Highlights for us are the art gallery and the Spirit of York Distillery. Highly recommend doing the tasting flight at the Spirit of York Distillery! The many other shops are nice but tended to be either too "folk-arty" or woman focused for us. (Think antiques, candles, scarves and jewelry.) I would definitely love to come back when all the holiday decorations are set up. Many of our local friends tell us that it's not too be missed.
Trung Tieu - 2 months ago
Absolutely beautiful during the winter holidays. There are little huts staggered around the distillery district that sell food, decorations and various other goodies. You will also find many bars in the area for a quick drink. If you visit on the weekend, you will be able to carry alcohol as you visit the different attractions around the establishment. Live music is often played beside the Christmas tree. There is a ferris wheel and a marry go round. Lots of places to enjoy- including an outdoor bar with many different cabins serving tasty alcoholic drinks. Awesome place for a date!
Leo Leo - 3 months ago