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Distillery District

Stroll along historic, brick-paved streets to explore this shopping and entertainment village and to discover a collection of picturesque Victoria-era buildings.

Toronto’s Distillery District is a pedestrianized commercial village that combines history with contemporary design and entertainment and creativity. Visit the district to find shops, restaurants and galleries housed in a collection of restored Victorian-era industrial buildings. The district was opened in 2003 and previously housed the Gooderham and Worts Distillery, which was once one of the largest distilleries in North America.

The Distillery District is great for those interested in shopping for one-of-a-kind items. Find boutiques selling everything from clothes made with eco-friendly fabrics and purses created using recycled seat belts to artisanal jewelry and home ware accessories. Beer lovers should check out the Beer Store, which sells over 350 brands of beer.

Art enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the district’s galleries. Admire the displays of handicrafts, made by emerging Canadian artists at the Distill Gallery. See a collection of historical sports photographs at the Sports Gallery. Find work by local and international contemporary artists at the Arta Gallery.

Whether you feel like a light snack, or a fine or casual dining experience, the district has a wide selection of cafés and bakeries, restaurants and pubs. During the warmer months, sit on one of the outdoor patios for a spot of people-watching and to appreciate the historic surroundings.

Throughout the year the district hosts various cultural events, including free art exhibitions and live handcrafting demonstrations, live music and food festivals. Don’t miss the Christmas Market to shop for festive merchandise, sip on a glass of mulled wine and enjoy carol-singing concerts. Visit the district’s official website for detailed event information.

The Distillery District is a short 10-minute drive from major city attractions, such as the CN Tower and the Harbourfront Centre. You’ll find several pay-and-display parking lots situated on the streets surrounding the district. Public buses and streetcars stop close to the entrance to the district.

Opening times of the individual businesses vary. Visit the district’s official website for full details of business hours and information about guided tours.

It's worth giving yourself loads of time at The Distillery Historic District. Here are some of the top activities:

Your next epic adventure is right in front of you! You may like to try out a Yummi Scented Candle Workshops or a Distillery District Segway Spin.

If you're after more activities, examine our Toronto things to do page.


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One King West Hotel & Residence CA $134
One King West Hotel & Residence

One King West Hotel & Residence

1 King Street West, Toronto, ON
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Financial District, this romantic hotel is steps away from The Path and PATH Underground Shopping Mall. Hockey Hall of Fame and Sony Centre for the Performing Arts are also within 5 minutes. King Station is only a 2-minute walk and Queen Station is 6 minutes.

    The Fairmont Royal York CA $134
    The Fairmont Royal York

    The Fairmont Royal York

    100 Front St West, Toronto, ON
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Toronto hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Scotiabank Arena, Hockey Hall of Fame and Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. CN Tower and Rogers Centre are also within 15 minutes. Toronto Union Station is only a 2-minute walk and St Andrew Station is 5 minutes.

      Chelsea Hotel, Toronto CA $149
      Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

      Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

      33 Gerrard St W, Toronto, ON
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Toronto hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto Eaton Centre and Toronto City Hall. Art Gallery of Ontario and Hockey Hall of Fame are also within 1 mi (2 km). College Station is only a 5-minute walk and Dundas Station is 5 minutes.

        The Grand Hotel & Suites Toronto CA $209
        The Grand Hotel & Suites Toronto

        The Grand Hotel & Suites Toronto

        225 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Toronto, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ryerson University, Hockey Hall of Fame and Scotiabank Arena. The Distillery Historic District and University of Toronto - St. George Campus are also within 2 mi (3 km). Dundas Station is 8 minutes by foot and Queen Station is 9 minutes.

          The Omni King Edward Hotel CA $197
          The Omni King Edward Hotel

          The Omni King Edward Hotel

          37 King St E, Toronto, ON
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Toronto, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hockey Hall of Fame and Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. St. Lawrence Market and Toronto Eaton Centre are also within 10 minutes. King Station is only a 2-minute walk and Queen Station is 7 minutes.

            Bond Place Hotel CA $120
            Bond Place Hotel

            Bond Place Hotel

            65 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Toronto, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yonge-Dundas Square and Toronto Eaton Centre. Hockey Hall of Fame and Scotiabank Arena are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dundas Station is only a 3-minute walk and Queen Station is 6 minutes.

              Cambridge Suites Hotel - Toronto CA $139
              Cambridge Suites Hotel - Toronto

              Cambridge Suites Hotel - Toronto

              15 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Toronto, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, Toronto Eaton Centre and Hockey Hall of Fame. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and Royal Alexandra Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Queen Station and King Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto CA $139
                The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto

                The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto

                1 Harbour Sq, Toronto, ON
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Toronto, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Scotiabank Arena and Hockey Hall of Fame. Ripley's Aquarium of Canada and CN Tower are also within 15 minutes. Toronto Union Station is 10 minutes by foot and King Station is 12 minutes.