Residents will find new developments, including condominiums, as well as low and high-rise townhouses surrounding the area to provide easy access to all of the Distillery District’s services. Many of the businesses bear names to support the distillery theme, such as Mill St. Brew Pub, Corktown Designs, and The Fermenting Cellar. The area is known for its vibrantly restored Victorian buildings dispersed along brick-lined streets that are closed to traffic. Most properties are condominiums, with historical buildings being used for commercial purposes. That being said, there are currently many development projects underway that will open the area to more prospective buyers.
New or growing businesses are likely to set up shop in this bustling area. You will find many arts and culture-oriented businesses alongside trendy boutiques and cafes. With year-round festivals and events, there isn’t a lack of entertainment in this highly popular neighbourhood. Residents are forever exploring and discovering hidden gems down these cobblestone streets!
Many residents are wine and beer aficionados, so they enroll in the Toronto Institute for Bartending to become certified bartenders through three programs, participate in cocktail workshops, and interact in tutored tastings.
The Distillery District is easily accessible by streetcar and bus on Cherry Street and Mill Street. It is serviced by both Toronto Transit (TTC) and Go Transit, and is only a twenty-minute walk from Union Station.
Activities & Amenities
The Gooderham and Worts Distillery is now known as Canada’s premier arts, culture, and entertainment destination that allows creativity to flourish and like-minded people to gather while exchanging ideas, food, and designs in a festive atmosphere. Residents enjoy a variety of cuisine and desserts, including sushi, Peruvian chocolate, fresh oysters, and café sandwiches on all-natural bread. Many throng to Greg’s Ice Cream for over 100 flavours, the most popular being roasted marshmallow. By using local ingredients and surprising recipes, Greg’s Ice Cream has been a Toronto treasure since 1981. The Distillery District is also home to many designer boutiques, where every day is a shopping day, including The Saucy Milliner with whimsical and adventurous hats for any occasion. The industrial design gallery Bergo offers many unique and critically-acclaimed products from jewelry to furniture to dinnerware.
East of Downtown, between Parliament Street and Cherry Street, is the historic Distillery District named after the Gooderham and Worts Distillery. It was built in the 1830s by George Gooderham, where it grew to become the world’s largest whiskey producer. The Gooderham and Worts Distillery consists of over 40 buildings that were restored and repurposed in 2003.