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: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

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 Station4 Minutes
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 #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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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5

4 Star Rating I was there just before Christmas. I was pretty cool. A nice walk, some cool history and a lot of shops.

Tim Young - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Good lighting☃️, perfect to visit at night. Family friendly! And really clean area. There is many stores / venues to check out as well

Jon Daniels - 30 days ago

5 Star Rating Cool place to visit especially during the holidays when the district is transformed in the Christmas Market. On a normal day the district is a nice place to walk and shop around in, full of unique stores to buy something different. Fancy chocolate? Yes. Sake? Yup. Cool furniture? Oh yeah. When the Distillery District changes into the Christmas Market, they go all out! Carolers, Santa, hot chocolate, and more! It really gets you into the holiday spirit.

Nicholas Tseng - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Amazing what has been done to make this a destination for food and drink. A few stores are also in the area. Xmas has a good festive event that brings even more energy to the area.

Edward H - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating One of my favourite pockets of Toronto. It's tiny, but it feels like a whole new world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Reminds me of picturesque Old Montreal, which I wish we had more of here. Cobblestone roads, (seemingly) kerosene street lamps, cute and quaint stores that are well kempt. In the summer, it's nice to come here for just a stroll, visit Balzac's, and catch up with friends. In the winter, this place becomes absolutely magical during the Christmas Market. I do wish it was a little closer to the subway line, however.

Jessica Wu - 3 months ago

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History and rejuvenation of the Distillery District

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