Why we like it.
The Distillery District is a unique neighbourhood, full of charm and cobblestone. Nearly ten years ago a small group of developers had the vision to turn a tumbledown factory into a vibrant artistic and residential community. They transformed the former home of the world’s largest distillery (circa 1887) into something special that draws tourists and Torontonians alike to enjoy the shops, festivals and arts. Home to Artscape studios, Soulpepper Theatre and their famous Christmas Market, there is always something to do and see in the Distillery – even if it’s just spotting that movie location: over 1,700 films were shot here in the 80s and 90s!
|Avg House Price||# of Sales||Yr/Yr Change|
|1 Bedroom Condo||$508,555||53||21%|
|2 Bedroom Condo||$738,847||41||16%|
A recent addition to the District, this Mexican restaurant features a gigantic heated patio and a gorgeous dining room dominated by a two-story Day of the Dead themed mural. Must-haves include guacamole made table-side and one of the over 125 tequilas they’ve collected.
This rustic atmosphere and momentos from the distilling days, combined with white tablecloth service and refined Italian dishes creates a romantic and memorable evening.
Beer lover? This is the place for you! Check out the brewpub, sample all of the Mill Street Beers and hit up the Beerhall for their speciality, Bierschnapps. Their huge patios are packed as long as the weather holds out, and being the only casual pub in the area so are the dining rooms.
One of the few artisan chocolate makers who start with raw cacao beans to create their decadent masterpieces, Soma is diligent in creating an exceptional experience in every bite. Watch the entire process in the back of the store as you sip your Drinking Chocolate, enjoy a Gelato (both made fresh daily), or choose which treats are coming home with you.
Whiskey barrels started their illicit journey from this room during Prohibition, today you can still find whiskey here in the form of a Manhattan or Old Fashioned. Known for their oysters and patio, it’s the perfect place to soak up the sun and linger.
One of the original tenants in the Distillery, Balzac’s airy two-story space is the perfect refuge from the hustle and bustle of the district. Relax with a latte and paper, or watch yet another bridal party have their photos taken in the picturesque setting.
Is it a gallery? Is it a café? Is it a bar? No matter which you choose, you’ll enjoy their perfect Italian espressos alongside paninis, pastries or prosecco in a sleek whitewashed space accented with their latest artist’s masterpieces.
Launched in 2011 and one of only three sake breweries in Canada, their brand Izumi has quickly built a strong reputation for unfiltered and unpasteurized sakes. Open for tours each weekend, visitors can learn about the entire process and sample various sakes to find their favourites.
Residents of the Distillery District have a number of grocery stores within a 5 minute drive of the area, but we like T&T best.
Regulars will often tell you, their favourite thing about T&T is the giant fish tanks full of all manner of fish, shrimp and crabs just waiting to be plucked by the staff and quickly dispatched. The largest Asian market chain in Canada, they import a wide selection of brands so customers can stock up on all their favourites while they enjoy the in-store bakery, fresh sushi bar and dim sum.
Kick it up a notch in the kitchen with designers like Phillippe Starck, Frank Gehry, Karim Rashid and Michael Graves. This 6,000 sq.ft. emporium has everything needed for a fully stocked kitchen and bar, along with edgy housewares and gift ideas.
Plan to spend some time exploring the Artscape building and the 63 work and retail studios, offices, rehearsal and performance spaces within. This creative hub has launched many companies onto a larger stage, while providing affordable studio space and a supportive community to emerging craftspeople and artists.
If you toss and turn all night, and have access to a trust fund, have we found a mattress for you! These hand-crafted in Swedish beauties promise to provide the most restful sleep and the most energy you’ve ever had.
Dedicated to upgrading the men of Toronto, Gotstyle will whip you (and/or your man) into a GQ-worthy state. From head to toe they have you covered with stylists, a barbershop and ongoing education to show the modern man how to dress well “from bedroom to boardroom”.
Founded by 12 Canadian Stage Performers who were interested in exploring classic plays, this theatre company moved around for a few years before finding a home in the Distillery District. A full slate of performances including cabaret shows, musical acts, classic and original plays have the performers hopping and the audiences entertained!
Walking too much trouble? This is your chance to be one of those goofballs on a Segway, and ride around the Distillery while learning about it’s history. But really, we know all you’ll do is try to pop a wheelie.
Technically the “Beer Makes History Better” tour ends here, but on the way you learn all about the Gooderham and Worts families and how they shaped the city as we know it today. Oh, and you get to stop into a few local watering holes along the way for refreshments. History + beer = great afternoon in our books.
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Rating: 3.4 – Nelson Mandela Park Public School
Rating 5.5 – Jarvis Collegiate Institute