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
My friend and I walked through the Distillery district and thoroughly enjoyed it. We have both been here before but always enjoy it. Amazing bakeries and food. Love the cleric vibe and atmosphere. This time we enjoyed a tour and tasting at the Spirit of York. And John fluevog is always on our list of Go-to places as we are both huge fans of his shoes. Looking forward to next time already.
Terrence Stagniton - 9 days ago
History of the site is very cool. They have done an amazing job integrating the new buildings with old. Prices are kind of expensive.
David Farrell - 14 days ago
A fabulous area to stroll through galleries and stores and sample high end treats from chocolate to distilled whisk(e)y, gin, and vodka to baked delights to great restaurants. A fabulous way to spend a weekend afternoon. Highly recommended.
Joachim Koch - 25 days ago
Neat redbrick factory buildings converted to modern, trendy stores, restaurants, spas and galleries. Hosts an artists collective where you can watch them make their pottery, paintings, glassware, etc. Plenty of fun stuff to see here for the whole family, although don't expect the stores to be cheap. Good tourist destination for a day trip as everything can be seen by walking around.
Mat Kay - 30 days 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 - 4 months ago