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Distillery Historic District

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Address: 55 Mill St, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4, Canada
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+1 416-364-1177
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The Distillery District is an internationally acclaimed village of...

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.

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30-Minute Distillery District Segway Tour in Toronto
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Its nice for the kids and adults to spend some quality time. Food is good but seems to be pricy a bit.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

... When there were 2 stages with free music on weekends - that was a few years ago before a high rise was built by the theatre building at the far eastern side. It is still a nice place to visit due to brickworks, eclectic galleries, stores and restaurants, each with its own patio. However, not much entertainment anymore. Except... More 

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Oakville
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The building architecture and cobble stone/brick walkways are quaint. Two places of good value are the micro brewery restaurant and the theatre. Most of the rest of the shops offer overpriced arty type products and some "unique" clothing. A good place for a stroll when you have nothing better to do.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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This area has a great variety of restaurants, Mexican, pub style, French, etc. There are also quite a few interesting boutiques to shop at, although on the pricier side. Its a great area to walk through in the summer and grab a drink/meal at one of the various restaurant patios. It tends to be more for adults/couples and less for... More 

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Its nice for the kids and adults to spend some quality time. Food is good but seems to be pricy a bit.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice spot to wander but boring if you've been here before. Maybe a once in a year spot or if you have visitors from out of town. Very pricy merchandise at the retailers and the food vendors are big on booze but nothing vegan to speak of.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

And it gets sunlight, better hope that the developers don't get their way or it will be completely shadowed by tall condos. Fun place to hang out.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Grab a hot chocolate at SOMA and wander the brick streets shopping for eccentric housewares and local art. And it's all in an old factory that has worked hard to retain its heritage while looking towards the future. Also get a few pints at Mill Street.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went during an outdoor arts festival - not the best weather, but it was still fun. A 30 minute walk from the CN Tower, it was worth the trip. Neat for taking photos or grabbing some food on a patio.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Grabbed a glass of champagne at Cluny Bistro after wandering through the shops and sights of the Distillery district. Wish we'd had room to have a meal there as everything smelled heavenly. The district itself is an interesting collection of shops--mostly higher end. Also were a bunch of artisans with tents set up with some fun crafts, such as handmade... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went late in the day on a cold and windy weekday so there were no crowds. Nice shops and art galleries, and several nice looking eateries.

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At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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