There are numerous highly-regarded shops, restaurants and cultural centres to be found throughout the Distillery District’s cobbled streets, but it really is the unique emphasis on the preservation of its history that makes the area so fascinating and continually draws a large number of visitors from around the city and beyond who seek to experience a taste of Old Toronto.



There are numerous highly-regarded shops, restaurants and cultural centres to be found throughout the Distillery District’s cobbled streets, but it really is the unique emphasis on the preservation of its history that makes the area so fascinating and continually draws a large number of visitors from around the city and beyond who seek to experience a taste of Old Toronto. The neighbourhood has a distinct feel to it unlike any other in the city, thanks in part to strong efforts to support local artisans and shops.

The Distillery hosts a number of festivals and markets throughout the year, most notably its major Christmas Market – an annual month-long tradition that has been celebrated as one of the world’s best holiday markets by a number of notable international publications!

 Our favourite places & things to do in the Distillery District

  • Mill St. Brewery: Award-winning microbrews and excellent food.
  • Balzac’s: Some of Toronto‘s most iconic and celebrated coffee.
  • Soma Chocolatiers: Popular handcrafted chocolate, truffles and cocoa drinks.
  • Corkin Gallery: One of Canada‘s most recognized photography galleries with presence at Art Basel, Hong Kong International Art Fair, Armoury and more.
  • Artscape Distillery Studios: Home to 63 work and retail studios, offices, rehearsal and performance spaces, many of which are open to the public.
  • Great patios: Lots of outdoor spaces to sit and enjoy the gorgeous views.
  • Festivals: Throughout the year, many festivals take place in the Distillery District including the Toronto Christmas Market, The Distillery Sunday Market, Contact Festival, Luminato and TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Check out the Distillery District’s full tenant directory and interactive map.

Features of this Neighbourhood

Here are some notable facts & features of The Distillery District:

  • Pedestrian-only area with beautifully restored industrial Victorian buildings and red brick walkways.
  • Boasts the largest collection of Victorian-era architecture in North America and contains over 40 heritage buildings.
  • The Gooderham and Worts Distillery was once the largest distillery in the British Empire and had a big role in the growth of Toronto’s economy.
  • A large focus on arts, culture and entertainment.
  • A popular place to hold events such as markets, festivals, weddings, business gatherings.
  • Residences in the Distillery consist of contemporary condos that have lots of great amenities; swimming pool, hot tub, lounge, fitness facilities and sauna, media room and balconies.
  • A new 18-acre landscaped waterfront park will soon be open in the adjacent West Don Lands with a network of trails providing a myriad of recreational opportunities.