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 NowHours 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
Accommodations near 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
The Distillery is definitely a go to destination if you've never been. The art galleries dontt change their art displays often, but it's an interesting venue with top level art. Soul Pepper puts on some wonderful productions at reasonable ticket prices. It's impossible to get a poor seat. Theaters are small and comfortable.
Vera vT - 1 day ago
Hard to find parking. Luckily there are lots of Uber's and cabs nearby. A very historic and cute neighborhood. Lots of events are held here that match the season. Great place to take pictures. Pictures were taken during the Toronto light fest
Riley Tsang - 7 days ago
The Distillery District is in one of the most aesthetically pleasing spots in old Toronto. With lots of little shops surrounded by walking paths the Historic District is not only a part of Toronto's history but now makes for a great outing for a date or a place to bring you family. During the month of December the District is decorated and transformed into the city's own "winter wonderland" which attracts the masses so to prevent over crowding you might have to wait in line if you go during peak times. Parking is also not the most convenient and I would recommend taking the subway into the city. Whether you want to enjoy the Christmas market in the winter or the local breweries in the district during the summer, the distillery historic district is always a great idea for an outing.
Christian Maccarone - 8 days ago
Whether it’s your first time in Toronto or have lived here all your life, the distillery district is a must visit. Summer time it’s so alive, the restaurant selections, exhibits, architecture. One of my favourite districts in Toronto, lots going on there. Be on the look out for such things as the light festival! They do a spectacular job setting that up in the winter.
Eric Moniz - 12 days ago
Gorgeous wonderful and fantastic pretty much one of the golden gems in Toronto. The distillery is the most fantastic to get married in the city. It is second to none! not only is it one of the beating hearts of the city the food in the area as well as the architecture and structures as well as the small shops in the beauty of The distillery itself is fantastic. If you're a true hipster, beer connoisseur for someone who deserves and enjoys the greater things in life it is a very fantastic place to visit. There are tons of items that you can buy at the shops and a variety of special festivals that go on throughout the year. The lights are absolutely fantastic and stunning for their Christmas festival and some of the best food I've ever tasted. The perfect place for selfies and to walk through the market with your family and loved ones. Brace yourself it can get pretty busy during the higher seasons so I would suggest that you come during a more quiet time for ( through the week rather than on the weekend).
Aimee Ruggeri - 1 month ago