The Distillary District
Set in quaint 19th century buildings that once housed a large whiskey distillery, draws crowds to its restaurants, bars, and boutiques.
The Distillery District
4.5 | 7329 Ratings

Details


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.


Hours
Monday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm
**Restaurants and many stores are open later

Phone
416.364.1177


Address
The Distillery District

The History

Nearly 10 years ago a small group of visionary developers had a dream for Toronto. They looked at a derelict collection of Victorian Industrial buildings that had been pronounced a national historic site and imagined transforming it. Not into another “historic district” or “pioneer village” but into something exciting and unique. Something the city would be proud of. They wanted to create a place that would excite and inspire the senses. Where people could experience new ideas, new foods, new designs and new ways of living and working.

“Our vision was to combine the romance and relaxing atmosphere of European walking and patio districts with the hip, cool dynamic of an area like New York City’s SoHo or Chelsea, where creative minds get together and you feel as if anything could happen.”

Their dream was to provide a place where creativity would flourish and passion would be aroused – where artists, artisans, entrepreneurs and businesspeople could rub shoulders and inspire each other. So they began plans to restore the 47 buildings known as the Gooderham & Worts Distillery.

They harnessed the talent of hundreds of tradesmen and craftsmen who were skilled in working with 19th century timber, planks, stone and brick. They went to great lengths in the restoration process to repurpose original materials and brilliantly blend them with today’s modern materials and green technologies.

The result is nothing short of perfection. As the Toronto Star says: “To enter The Distillery is to step back into an era of horse-drawn carts, windmills and sailing ships”. One can only marvel at the authentic exterior restoration that was achieved. But it is when you step inside the buildings that you truly realize the magnitude of what was accomplished.

What you will find is a dramatic fusion of old and new. An inspired blend of Victorian Industrial architecture and stunning 21st century design and creativity. The result is an internationally acclaimed village of one-of-a-kind stores, shops, galleries, studios, restaurants, cafes, theatres and more.

The Distillery Historic District opened in 2003 and today it is widely regarded as Canada’s premier arts, culture and entertainment destination. A place brimming with creativity and creative people, that can inspire dreams, and a place that can help them come true.


Directory

Restaurants|Eateries
Archeo 31 Trinity St
Arvo
Balzac's Coffee
The Beer Hall at Mill Street
Boku Noodle Bar
Brick Street Bakery
Cacao 70
Caffe Furbo
Cluny Bistro
El Catrin
Greg's Ice Cream
Madrina Bar y Tapas
Mill Street Brewpub
Pure Spirits Oyster House
Soma Chocolate
The Sweet Escape
The Sport Gallery
Wildly Delicious
Artscape
Barbara Wybou
Akroyd Furniture
Second Door Studio
PROOF Studio Gallery
TANK Jewellery & Beads
Lilith
Mehoi
Leif Benner Designer/Goldsmith
RedEye Studio Gallery
Jenny Greco Jewellery Design
Lori Klassen (Studio Fuse)
Millicent Vee
DISH Gallery + Studio
Dancemakers
Tapestry Opera (Ernest Balmer Studio)
Retail
All in the Wild
Artemide Limited
Beer Boutique
Bergo Designs
Blackbird Vintage
City of Angels
Corktown Jewellery
Crimson and Clover
Deaf Culture Centre
Deciem
Desigual
FloorPlay Socks
John Fluevog Shoes
Gallery Indigena
Gentil Uomo
GO Tours Canada
Gotstyle Distillery
Green Panda
Greg's Ice Cream
GW General Store
Hatley Little Blue House
HOI BO
Red Canoe
Lemon Water Wellness
Maisonette
McManus & Campbell
Mini Mioche
Ontario Spring Water Sake
Queen's Trunk
The Saucy Milliner
Soma Chocolate
Spectacle
The Sport Gallery
Tankhouse General
Vom Fass
Wildly Delicious
Spirit of York Distillery
Yummi Candles
Galleries
Arta Gallery
Beauchamp Art Gallery
Corkin Gallery
Deaf Culture Centre
THE SPORT GALLERY
Thompson Landry
Thompson Landry