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
Open Now: NoHours 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
|TTC Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Yonge-University-Spadina||King or St. Andrew Station||4 Minutes|
|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 #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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Ratedout of 5
Very beautiful area. Interesting historical buildings and landmarks, plus lots of great stores and restaurants! Fun place to visit with friends or family.
G Man - 4 days ago
Historic section of the city and well preserved. Lots of interesting shops and restaurants here, be warned on holidays and especially the Christmas market since the vrowds become insane. Best visited in the morning or later at night when you have more space.
Jeremy Zavitz - 14 days ago
The Distillery Historic District contains numerous cafés, restaurants, and shops housed within heritage buildings reminding of the nineteenth century. It's rather calm spot without too many tourists and great place to have lunch or dinner and take some beautiful pictures between spring and fall. It's one of my very favorite places to visit in Toronto.
Sebastian Kluth - 20 days ago
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 - 20 days ago
SO NICE. I went during the annual Christmas market on the last day, so I can't hold it against the location that it was supremely busy. Te old buildings are absolutely gorgeous and the displays definitely accentuate that. Between the old buildings, the goods being sold by artists and the twinkling lights, the Distillery District is simply magical. It's fairly easy to get to as well. The Distillery district website has several options listed on their website for transit options for visitors. May be expensive, but it's absolutely gorgeous and I highly recommend the festivals that are held there throughout the year.
Elizabeth Kirsch - 2 months ago