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Distillery Historic District

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As featured in 3 Days in Toronto and 2 other guides
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Address: 55 Mill Street, Toronto, Ontario MSA 3C4, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 416-364-1177
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

The Distillery District is an internationally acclaimed village of...

The Distillery District is an internationally acclaimed village of brick-lined streets and dozens of vibrantly restored Victorian Industrial buildings. It’s one of Ontario’s hottest tourist attractions and home to live theatres, galleries, fashion, design and jewelry boutiques, unique cafes and award-winning restaurants. It’s all completely closed to traffic and just a few minutes walk from downtown Toronto.

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Tourist destination - historical place

Toronto has a few older parts. This place has been gentrified quite a bit, but there are still some interesting buildings which have been nicely restored. The Inuit Art Gallery... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am trying to decide who this area is really for....it's a great place of Toronto's history - so for those visiting Toronto and want to see something a bit different. I understand it has some good restaurants and breweries (haven't tried). A lot of fun festivals, we saw the lights festival with the kids. A very busy place. Perhaps... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Toronto has a few older parts. This place has been gentrified quite a bit, but there are still some interesting buildings which have been nicely restored. The Inuit Art Gallery is worth a visit. Lots of cafes in the central area - definitely a people place - tourists love it. Transportation into the area is improving...... that's a good thing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The old brick buildings provide a pleasing contrast to the modern towers of downtown, each complimenting the other. There are many ateliers and galleries to be found, as well as a range of upmarket restaurants and cafes. The street car ride down here is also pleasant. Plenty to do to occupy an afternoon.

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Laval, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not a lot to do, but a pleasant couple of hours. A few restaurants that seemed interesting. Nice little shops.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This reminded me of South St. Seaport in New York or Pier 31 in San Francisco. There are some very interesting shops here and you can spend a couple of enjoyable hours if you like browsing. The sake tour and tasting was an unusual and informative way to spend an hour.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the restored historic site of the original Gooderham & Worts Distillery. There are more than 80 shops and boutiques. And there are special events thought the year. On the weekend there is fabulous farmers market and craft fair. Since most of these venues are outdoors I would suggest going during the spring/summer/fall. There are a variety of eating... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I for one love the distillery district for its old world charm, where else can you find cobble streets in Toronto. This weekend we stopped by for the LightFest and the artistic installations were great, Love the creativity and it sparked conversation and awe. I hope to see it continue and with more art to take in, more shops for... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great area to visit and wander around. Quaint, unique shops with plenty of eating establishments. A unique place with history too. Definitely worth a visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Because the distillery district was an actual distillery, with European old world charm, you get the sense you are on a wine tour in a Bavarian distillery. A romantic walk on the cobblestones of a perfectly designed old European town square with a giant Christmas tree all lit up at the center of it all. The shops and restaurants are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very hip and trendy destination with interesting shops and galleries. Worth a visit at the moment because of the lighting show. Go at dusk to get the best of it.

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