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 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
|TTC Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Yonge-University-Spadina||King or St. Andrew Station||4 Minutes|
|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 #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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Ratedout of 5
One of the best spots in the City during the summer. Definitely takes it up a notch during the Christmas market. Be smart about it, and hit up the place before 5pm and save yourself from the entrance fee. I don't think it's worth it to pay that amount. Plus the place comes alive at night with all the Christmas vibe.
Kevin Muico - 3 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 - 9 days ago
Absolutely beautiful during the winter holidays. There are little huts staggered around the distillery district that sell food, decorations and various other goodies. You will also find many bars in the area for a quick drink. If you visit on the weekend, you will be able to carry alcohol as you visit the different attractions around the establishment. Live music is often played beside the Christmas tree. There is a ferris wheel and a marry go round. Lots of places to enjoy- including an outdoor bar with many different cabins serving tasty alcoholic drinks. Awesome place for a date!
Leo Leo - 18 days ago
A really fun place to spend a few hours in Toronto, especially in the sunset when it's warm to just wander around the area. It's filled with coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and other places to get food. Had a great time just taking photos of the area. Would love to go back and see it again.
Jaina Mistry - 1 month ago