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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Rated 4.6 out of 5The Distillery Historic District Star Rating

4 Star Rating Very neat place to visit, lots of shops and restaurants. The underground parking lot is very convenient, it's located at the East end of distillery lane. For the most part, you have to walk between outside between the shops, so dress appropriately. Most of the restaurants have outdoor seating, some with heaters. We spent about three hours there and saw most everything. We really liked the Mill Street Brewpub.

Terri McBride - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating Very cool historic part of town. Some great street art and lots of cool shops as you walk through the district. Great restaurants tucked away too! Definitely a highlight of our trip.

Christopher Gibson - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Great place historic location. Enjoyed a beer the mill organic, really nice. I normally don't drink beer, but this was good. Wonder around the shops, enjoyed the shopping. Fantastic photo opportunity.

Trevor May - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating What an interesting place. I really enjoyed walking around. There are so many shopps to look into and walk around. Lots of nice friendly people. Vendors are Interesting. Wonderful architecture and sculptures. I would recommend going if you have a bit of spare time.

Haley Wilcox - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating The Distillery district is one of Toronto's most unique and best kept secrets. It is a fantastic destination all year round. During the summer months spend the afternoon or evening walking around this historical gem located just east of the downtown core. There are numerous restaurants to enjoy and great meal, whether you are looking for casual dining or something more formal you will find exactly what you are looking for. During the winter months the Christmas market is a must visit. If you have ever visited a European Christmas market you will truly appreciate this one. Great for everyone to visit anytime of the year.

Rohit Malik - 2 months ago

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