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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 St, Toronto, Ontario M5A 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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Fun and Colourful Part of Toronto, Not to be missed!

I really enjoyed the many unique art installations and diverse shops the district had to offer. I would like to go back and spend more time there as this was a very quick trip to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Coquitlam, Canada
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Really cute place with a lot of little shops and boutiques. A good place to go for a dinner or drinks with friends during hot summer evenings. A lot of seating outside under the sky, but also insight. Just be ready for some places to be a little bit pricey here.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed the many unique art installations and diverse shops the district had to offer. I would like to go back and spend more time there as this was a very quick trip to Toronto.

Thank usadian
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This isn't my first time here. I'm glad to see the restoration done. I was here in the evening so most of the shops were closed. Stopped in at el catrin for dinner. The distillery district is a great location for dinner, shopping, sight seeing.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

... When there were 2 stages with free music on weekends - that was a few years ago before a high rise was built by the theatre building at the far eastern side. It is still a nice place to visit due to brickworks, eclectic galleries, stores and restaurants, each with its own patio. However, not much entertainment anymore. Except... More 

Thank msedona
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The building architecture and cobble stone/brick walkways are quaint. Two places of good value are the micro brewery restaurant and the theatre. Most of the rest of the shops offer overpriced arty type products and some "unique" clothing. A good place for a stroll when you have nothing better to do.

Thank Gary K
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This area has a great variety of restaurants, Mexican, pub style, French, etc. There are also quite a few interesting boutiques to shop at, although on the pricier side. Its a great area to walk through in the summer and grab a drink/meal at one of the various restaurant patios. It tends to be more for adults/couples and less for... More 

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Its nice for the kids and adults to spend some quality time. Food is good but seems to be pricy a bit.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice spot to wander but boring if you've been here before. Maybe a once in a year spot or if you have visitors from out of town. Very pricy merchandise at the retailers and the food vendors are big on booze but nothing vegan to speak of.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

And it gets sunlight, better hope that the developers don't get their way or it will be completely shadowed by tall condos. Fun place to hang out.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Grab a hot chocolate at SOMA and wander the brick streets shopping for eccentric housewares and local art. And it's all in an old factory that has worked hard to retain its heritage while looking towards the future. Also get a few pints at Mill Street.

Thank Matt B

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