Distillery District: Toronto's Coolest Neighborhood

Toronto's Distillery District is just awesome. It has most of the best arts, shopping, theater, bars, food and drink in this huge metropolis. It was once The Gooderham and Worts Distillery with a history to tell of its own. Now, it's an artsy-fartsy district where people from all walks of life visit---to dine, shop, eat, drink and see/buy arts. The Distillery District is host to tens of festivals and events throughout the year. No wonder, this is a really cool place to be when visiting Toronto. There are so many things to do in this brick-lined streets and so many things not to miss.

The Distillery District has its share of Hollywood greatness, too. Russell Crowe and Renee Zelwegger filmed Cinderella Man here; Al Pacino and Colin Farrell in The Recruit; Nicolas Cage in Trapped in Paradise; Vince Vaughn in Cool Dry Place; Robin Williams and Dany Devito in Death to Smoochie. And many more.


1. EAT. Dining here is cozy, hip, romantic and cool. Different publications declared some of the best finds here. This is home to Toronto's Best Cookies (Sweet Escape); The Best Brunch and Coolest Restaurant (The Boiler House); Best Oyster and Most Romantic (Pure Spirits); Most Memorable Meal (Balzac's); Best Bakery and Best Sandwiches (Brick Street Bakery); Best Panini (Cafe Uno); And hey, they've got the Best Chocolate (Soma) here, too!

2. DRINK. There are cafes and bars that would quench your thirst in hot summer or cold winter. Find the Best Beer in Toronto at Mill Street Brewery. The Martini Club has the "Newest Trend in Mixology"; In summer, almost every cafe has its own patio and sipping a drink or two while getting a suntan is just an awesome thing to do, instead of taking an afternoon nap.

3. SHOP. Some of the best fashion gems in Toronto are here: Corktown Designs has some of the Best Jewelries in Toronto; NOW Magazine awarded Distill as the Top Shops; Bergo has the Best Home Accessories; Vintage Gardener is the city's Best Garden Store; For Best Place to Purchase Eyewear, there's only one name: Spectacle; If you love denims, get one at Lileo, The Best Denim Store.

4. VISIT GALLERIES. The Distillery District is a home to established and new artists in this city / country. It's a mecca of cultural artistry. Art Galleries abound the area with artists of different influences and expertise in different genres. From art installations to painting to sculpture to photography, these galleries here always have something for every visitor. While wandering in these galleries, you'll see not what's in there but also arts and culture.

5. SEE LIVE THEATER. The Soul Pepper Theater Company will never fail to amaze you. No doubt, they are proclaimed as the Best Theater Company and received the Lieutenant Governor's Award for the Arts by the Ontario Arts Council.

6. SEE / ATTEND A FESTIVAL. Whole year round, the Distillery District is an awesome venue to everything cool. From music to live performances to art festivals, this place is just oozing with fun.

7. WANDER AROUND. Yeah, why not? Play a game with your friend: identify the buildings and places where the Hollywood films were once shot. Wandering around here gives you a sense of history of the area.


Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 10:00 am to 7 pm

Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am to 8pm

Sunday: 11:00 am to 5pm


Address: 55 Mill Street, Toronto, ON / Telephone: (416) 364-1177

By Subway: Exit at Castle Frank Subway Station. Transfer to Bus 65A to Parliament. Get off at Front Street and walk one block south to Mill Street.

By Street Car: Exit at King Subway Station. Transfer to King street car 504. Get off at King and Parliament. Walk two block south on Parliament to Mill Street.

By Bus: Take the Cherry Bus 172 in Front and Bay to Cherry Beach via The Esplanade and Mill Street. Exit at Trinity.


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