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

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 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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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5The Distillery Historic District Star Rating

5 Star Rating Went for the Christmas festival here and it was a neat experience! Very busy as people mention but I do like the organization of the ticket lines. Some stores limited the people inside where others did not. Not the safest when you are in a store you can barely move it. Atmosphere at Christmas is lovely and the live band was delightful not to mention all the nice food. Wish their was more room.

Jessica Whitmore - 5 hours ago

5 Star Rating A great atmospheric place. Restaurants seemed pricey but it is a night out. I go for the Fluevog shoe shop as they have the best shoes. The distillery is a great place to ponder in general as something for everyone

sherry munslow - 16 hours ago

5 Star Rating Great place to visit! Really interesting historical site! The whole area has been internally modernized with offerings that span from Sake to traditional and modern art galleries and installations. They setup seasonal showings such as their yearly Christmas tree in the center court yard area and many other yearly events. Definitely worth a walk through during the spring and summer months especially if you are a photographer.

Matt Krull - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Wow! The Christmas theme here is like making everything brand new and beautiful with still one of the oldest places of Toronto. So many things to explore at Christmas time. Even though if not Christmas go there to check out place itself. So cool. You can buy anything you want for Christmas and eat as much as you want for enjoyment. Shout out to tornado potatoes. Loved them. Check out the flavors right now.

satinder sharry - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Visited the Toronto Christmas market this year for the first time and I am very impressed. If you want to really enjoy the holiday vibes this is a must place to visit. Please make sure to buy tickets online ($6 per person) as in person ticket queues can be very long. There are a variety of stores inside for all age groups. My personal favorite was the festive hot chocolate with bourbon, butter chicken poutine and mulled wine. Please make sure to take some time this December and definitely visit this place. You will have a memorable experience.

Sanjeev Patra - 1 month ago

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