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

5 Star Rating Really nice area to visit and take in a historic Toronto feel. Restaurants are a bit overpriced but you're paying for the environment. Great art exhibits and fun to walk around.

Al Sajoo - 8 days ago

2 Star Rating There's not much here aside from some restaurants and expensive shopping. The distillery buildings are old but there's nothing particularly interesting about them. It felt really touristy and not really a place where locals hang out. Can definitely be skipped.

David DeMar - 10 days ago

4 Star Rating Very nice place, everything was clean and well maintained. Very well preserved, since it is historical. Interesting shops, and the area was fun, as I went during the light show (which would obviously affect some of this review).

Brody Riddle - 29 days ago

5 Star Rating Great place to visit. Can get a bit busy. Lots to see and do here, also lots of great restaurants. Can be a bit on the pricey side to eat here, but the restaurants have great food and atmosphere.

Francis Roque - 1 month 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 - 2 months ago

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History and rejuvenation of the Distillery District

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