The Distillery Historic District

The Distillery Historic District showing café lifestyle, outdoor eating and a city

The Distillery Historic District

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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.

Top Hotels Close to The Distillery Historic District

One King West Hotel & Residence
One King West Hotel & Residence
4 out of 5
1 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5H1A1
The price is CA $206 per night from May 23 to May 24
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4.5/5 Wonderful! (4,346 reviews)
"Great"

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One King West Hotel & Residence
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
3.5 out of 5
33 Gerrard St W, Toronto, ON, M5G1Z4
The price is CA $242 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly hotel in Toronto. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 indoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.9/5 Good! (4,346 reviews)
"Nice place close to the square and shopping."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
Fairmont Royal York
Fairmont Royal York
4 out of 5
100 Front St West, Toronto, ON, M5J1E3
The price is CA $359 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
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Best Lodging Options Near The Distillery Historic District

Residence & Conference Centre - Toronto Downtown - George Brown College - Campus Accommodation
Residence & Conference Centre - Toronto Downtown - George Brown College - Campus Accommodation
3 out of 5
80 Cooperage Street, Toronto, ON, M5A 0J3
The price is CA $179 per night from May 24 to May 25
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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
3.5 out of 5
33 Gerrard St W, Toronto, ON, M5G1Z4
The price is CA $242 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
One King West Hotel & Residence
One King West Hotel & Residence
4 out of 5
1 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5H1A1
The price is CA $206 per night from May 23 to May 24
One King West Hotel & Residence
Fairmont Royal York
Fairmont Royal York
4 out of 5
100 Front St West, Toronto, ON, M5J1E3
The price is CA $359 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
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Hilton Toronto
Hilton Toronto
4 out of 5
145 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON, M5H2L2
The price is CA $288 per night from May 22 to May 23
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Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
30 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON, M5B2E9
The price is CA $206 per night from May 29 to May 30
Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre, an IHG Hotel
Cambridge Suites Toronto
Cambridge Suites Toronto
4 out of 5
15 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON, M5C1N2
The price is CA $299 per night from May 29 to May 30
Cambridge Suites Toronto
The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
4 out of 5
1 Harbour Sq, Toronto, ON, M5J1A6
The price is CA $323 per night from May 22 to May 23
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The Omni King Edward Hotel
The Omni King Edward Hotel
4.5 out of 5
37 King St E, Toronto, ON, M5C1E9
The price is CA $305 per night from May 22 to May 23
The Omni King Edward Hotel
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