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“Culture and heritage blended seamlessly with shopping and food”

Distillery Historic District
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Toronto Distillery District Walking Tour
Ranked #10 of 511 things to do in Toronto
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Toronto, Canada
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“Culture and heritage blended seamlessly with shopping and food”
Reviewed 9 March 2012

The Distillery District is an interesting destination in the city for residents and tourists alike. The home to many cultural organizations, there is a funky vibe that extends from the restaurants to the quirky shops.
Check out Balzac's for a coffee - there is a cool upstairs area with seating where you can hang out and chat or read a book.
Grab a sandwich at Brick Street Bakery (their Boxing Day sandwich is a favorite of those who work in the area) or at the Les Louises Cafe in the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (a hidden gem in the district!), and stop in at the Sweet Escape for a melt-in-your-mouth macaron.
Take your time walking around the area to photograph the modern sculptures and old buildings (the area was established in the 1800's as the Gooderham and Worts Distillery) and check out some of the many art galleries on site. Depending on what time of year you visit in, you may see a film shoot going on - the District has served as a location for over 800 films and television shows (including Chicago and Scott Pilgrim).
Grab some dinner at one of many restaurants - Archeo, Tappo, the Boiler House, Pure Spirits Oyster House, Mill Street Brew Pub... the list goes on!
Check out the shopping - Bergo has some amazing and funky design pieces, Soma has some of the best chocolate in the city (try the Mayan chocolate, or the chocolate gelato!), Lileo has strange and wonderful things, you can taste some cheeses at A Taste of Quebec and test out some saki across the laneway...
After that, you can even take in a show.
People with mobility issues should be cautious as the area is paved with cobblestones and because of this the ground is uneven.
Prices are higher than in other areas of the city (for shopping as well as food and beverage), but it is still worth checking out at least once!
The Christmas Market is cute but try not to attend on the weekend unless you have ages to find parking and like crowds!

Visited March 2012
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Rochester, New York
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“A Must During Christmas (Early Dec.)”
Reviewed 9 March 2012

We travel from Rochester NY each year the first weekend in Dec. to attend this Christmas Celebration. Cold yes, but warm hearted guests--they are! Shopping is expensive but the food and beverage booths are fun to shop and stroll by. I would say that daytime is for kids and night is for adults. There is entertainment, food , outdoor bars for drinks and the friendliest people you will ever meet. You Must Do This---you will go back.

Visited December 2011
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Cool architecture and fun stores”
Reviewed 8 March 2012

This place is best enjoyed when there is some sort of festival going on: I particularly enjoyed the Holiday Market here. But even outside the special events, the Distillery is worth a gander. The breweries are cool and cozy in the red brick mecca. The shops carry funky and sometimes playful items but will put a sizable dent in anyone's wallet so I resign myself to window shopping only. I particularly like Cafe Uno for a casual lunch - yummy paninis and salads in a no frills atmosphere.

Visited March 2012
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Elora, Canada
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“a little gem within a gem”
Reviewed 8 March 2012

I feel so lucky to live a short walk from this great area of Toronto. Great atmosphere, amazing food establishments and fantastic shops. Plus, many event all year round, such as the Jazz Festival in the summer and the Christmas Market in December. This is a spot it can't be missed!

Visited March 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Looks like early 1900s style. Lots of things going on”
Reviewed 6 March 2012

One of Toronto's historical place. Remind me of movies of 1900s. Very enegetic: exhibition, restaurant, bars, farm market, verdors, musicians... spend weekend day here

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