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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 M5A 3C4, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 416-364-1177
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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30-Minute Distillery District Segway Tour in Toronto
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1-Hour Distillery District Segway Glide

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Nice area

This is a great area for walking, having drinks or eat something. Lot of restaurants, art galleries. The only thing is that when there it started to rain and there isnt like lot... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 July 2016
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Panama City, Panama
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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

This is a great area for walking, having drinks or eat something. Lot of restaurants, art galleries. The only thing is that when there it started to rain and there isnt like lot of areas for this situations, all resturants finished crowded and it was difficult to find a seat and a place to stay in the mean time.

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Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

There is nothing particularly historical about the Distillery district. OTher than the buildings everything is contemporary new and pretentious. The restaurants are over-priced and reflect badly on the many fine reasonably priced restaurants in Toronto. The shopping is ... Yorkville-esq. And overpriced. There is an air of superiority as if this part of the city is important. It's not. There... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Walked around this place. Lots of art galleries and really cool retail outlets. The restaurants are excellent especially Cluny. Also visited a chocolate place that made fresh chocolate.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

A great concept for a repurposed industrial area; however, it's been filled by pretentious and overpriced boutiques and galleries that make the place unbearably obnoxious.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Pretty brick buildings. Little shops, cafes, restaurants, and galleries. There's a LOVE fence where you can hang a lock to proclaim your love. FYI: Bring your own lock--nothing around there sells locks. You can walk all the way through and find, if it stays there, a heart sculpture to proclaim more love. Accessible best by car/taxi.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Beautiful area with something for everyone's taste. Nice restaurants, bars, galleries, and specialty shops. Beautiful history and the buildings have kept the charm of the distillery days. Highly recommend spending time there!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

This is one of the happening places in Toronto. The restoration of the buildings is a Wow! From the art, sculptures, buildings and restaurants make it a point to visit the Distillery District if you are in Toronto. The eateries and shops will make you want to come back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Beautiful spot to wander around and while away an afternoon. Galleries, restaurants, fluevogs shoes. ...all worth a trip...but the BEST part is Soma....stop in for a shot of spiced Mayan chocolate.....trust me you won't need dessert.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

I seriously considered buying a condo in this area during it's renovation, but had fears that it wouldn't live up to all the hype. Sure wish I had...as this area is happening. Lovingly restored heritage buildings (it was an actually working distillery at one time) are now home to stores, killer restaurants and seasonal festivals. I highly recommend their Christmas... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Loved the setting of old brick roads and refurbished mill looking buildings. The shops are quaint, but all very similar with style and merchandise. I would have liked more variety and more dinning options. There is plenty of coffee place though - so that is a good thing for me!

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