"Nothing else comes close to the Distillery's variety and character "
The Toronto Star
There's no place like it in North America. One minute you’re in 'the city', the next you're strolling down a brick-paved lane amidst a charming collection of Victorian-era buildings. And while it is arguably the most captivating part of the city, Toronto Life says it’s also the “hippest address in town".
Whether you have a special occasion to celebrate or simply want to sip a great cup of coffee on a sunny patio - you just won’t find a more idyllic ambience. And since The Distillery is pedestrians-only, you’ll see no cars to spoil the picture-perfect magic of it all.
But The Distillery offers a lot more than just a hip, romantic atmosphere. Come and explore. Look behind the doors and you’ll discover an inviting collection of unique stores, shops, boutiques and studios. You’ll also find some of …
... the best restaurants in the city
... the most talented artists in the country
... the preeminent art galleries in North America
... the finest performing arts companies anywhere
... the most sought-after residences in Toronto
Whether you’re looking for a special something or just looking, shopping at The Distillery is always an adventure.
This is The Distillery – a clearly magical place to live, work and experience all that life has to offer.
Come. Explore. You’ll love what you find.
"For a taste of upscale Toronto, head to The Distillery District, where you’ll find sleek restaurants and cafés"
The Pittsburgh Gazette
Whatever the atmosphere you’d like for your dining experience - intimate romance, casual elegance or hip sophistication - you’ll find what you want in the award-winning restaurants of The Distillery District. You’ll discover a new world of delightful gourmet fare, all set within a stunning variety of unique “industrial chic” designs. Come in warmer weather and enjoy your meal while people-watching on one of the many award-winning patios.
The range of exciting restaurant interiors is matched by an equally spectacular range of culinary delights, from sophisticated menus to casual fare. Whatever your tastes – fresh seafood, old world Italian, succulent steaks, or traditional pub fare – The Distillery offers you the best of the best in fine and casual dining.
"The pleasant aroma of baked food seemed to permeate my soul."
The Distillery District is the perfect place to come for a sandwich or lighter meal, when you're in the mood for a great coffee or a sublimely decadent sweet. In fact, people travel across the city for our cafes and bakeries because what you find here, you can’t find anywhere else.
You’ll discover old world cafes, a chocolate micro-factory complete with a chocolate café, a complete food store with just about anything you want, an English styled organic bakery and more. Explore The Distillery and you’ll have lots of quick inexpensive options like sandwiches, wraps, a juice bar and salad bar, cupcakes, gelatos and so much more.
On site roasting and baking create wonderful aromas and spectacular tasting opportunities for even the most critical of palettes. Interior designs range from formal to casual, offering a variety of relaxing hideaways. Whether you’re a coffee bean aficionado, a chocoholic or just want to grab a quick bite to eat, The Distillery offers you a wide selection.
"Best part about shopping at The Distillery is the fact that there are so many one-of-a-kind items"
The Toronto Star
You’ll find shopping at The Distillery a different experience than shopping anywhere else. If you’re looking for franchises, chains or traditional mall stores, you won’t find them here. Instead you’ll discover some of Toronto’s best and most interesting, award winning stores, shops and boutiques offering one-of-a kind goods and wares from around the world.
Explore and you’ll find . . .
... A fireplace you can move – even hang on your wall
... An egg timer that clucks when your eggs are ready
... Award winning purses made from recycled seat belts
... Exquisitely crafted designer jewelry
... One of the city’s best selections of jeans
... The latest in lifestyle apparel
... Fabulous footwear
... State-of-the-art home accessories
... World class cosmetics
... The city’s best chocolate for $1 or the world’s best mattress for $60,000
There is simply no better place in the city to find something unique for yourself…your home…or that special someone.
Adding to the charm are the people you’ll find behind the counters. In most cases, you’ll likely be talking with the owner or artisan. You’ll meet with people who take pride in what they do and have an intimate knowledge of their products. It’s all part of The Distillery experience.
"Slated to become one of the most exciting neighbourhoods in the country."
The Toronto Star
If you’re going to live in the city, why not choose the place Toronto Life calls "The hippest address in town". The National Post describes it as:
". . . Toronto’s closest thing to SoHo, Covent Gardens or Granville Island". And the Toronto Star says it's: "Slated to become one the most exciting neighbourhoods in the country."
It’s simple. There’s no place in the city that offers you a more urbane lifestyle than The Distillery District. Here are just a few reasons why . . .
... Your home is in a 13 acre picture-postcard Victorian village described by National Geographic as a "Hip, new neighbourhood within the best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial architecture in Canada".
... You’ll be steps away from all kinds of cool stores and a medley of restaurants, cafes and bakeries. And of course you’ll have our reknowned “patio culture” where you can sip coffee and, for a moment, feel like you’re living in Paris or immersed in the hip cool of Soho in the 60's.
... You'll be living in the center of the arts scene, where culture is being created and lived everyday. The Distillery is "Toronto’s favourite centre for arts and entertainment" (Toronto Star), with dozens of art galleries, art dealers, studios and performing arts companies at your doorstep.
... The Distillery District is safe and pedestrian-only so you’ll be able to stroll the brick-paved streets day or night and never worry about a car. And there’s loads of nearby parking for your visitors.
... It’s a very convenient location. You‘re about a 10 minute walk to the heart of downtown and a 90 second drive to the Gardiner or DVP.
... Your home will be "green" with today’s latest technologies
Come. Explore The Distillery. Discover for yourself why this could be the perfect place for you to live.
Or click here for information on the lofts and condos available at The Distillery.
"The Young Centre for the Performing Arts is the vital spark that every city desires"
The Globe and Mail
World-class theater and entertainment thrive at The Distillery District, with some of the finest performing arts companies in the world.
The Soulpepper Theatre Company, recently named "the finest theatre company in the history of Toronto" by the National Post. Soulpepper recognized the hip allure and charm of The Distillery site and opened their venue here in 2006.
George Brown’s Theatre School has earned a national reputation for training new actors. Students learn from professionals in surroundings of the highest calibre and perform for the public five times per year.
Dancemakers has been on the leading edge of dance in Canada for almost four decades. Their “Centre for Creation” at The Distillery fosters creativity and inspires exchange between artists and the public.
Nightwood Theatre was founded in 1979 and forges creative alliances among women artists from diverse backgrounds. “…Created to be a powerful voice for women…the company more than fulfills its mandate…” The Globe and Mail
Tapestry Opera is dedicated to the creation, development and performance of new opera through its unique and collaborative work process encouraging exploration and discovery and promoting dialogue among all participants.
And The Distillery makes going to the theatre easy. There’s plenty of parking – no time lost hunting for a spot. You can also go to one of our restaurants for an outstanding dinner before the theatre and then relax over your favourite nightcap after. Parking, dinner, theatre and drinks – all within a short stroll of each other. A night out doesn’t get any better.
"Toronto's new cultural hotspot"
The Toronto Star
If you love to wile away the hours immersed in art and culture, you’ll delight in exploring The Distillery District. Ponder the canvases of the great Quebec masters or the provocative realizations of internationally acclaimed photographers. Wander the artist’s studios in search of that one-of-a-kind creation.
You’ll find some of Canada’s preeminent art galleries, art dealers, artists and artisans here, all within a short walk from each other. The Distillery’s unique concentration of galleries and dealers offers you a surprising range and depth of specialties, from historical and contemporary photography to Canadian and International painting, sculpture and installation.
And The Distillery has attracted some of the finest artists and artisans from around the country. Virtually every artistic discipline is represented including photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, glass and several of the most sensational outdoor sculptures you will ever see.
Come. Explore. You’ll be amazed at what you will find.
"It's European in style and bursting with galleries, shops, cafes and open-air festivals."
The Toronto Star
It is truly one of the most unique festival line-ups in Canada. With its spacious 13 acres, pedestrian only brick-paved streets and dozens of great venues to play and perform, The Distillery District has become Toronto’s favourite festival and special event site. This year The Distillery will host dozens of events including film festivals, music festivals, arts festivals, wine festivals and more.
For a complete line-up of festivals, events and dates, click here