TORONTO’S PROMINENT HERITAGE ‘HOOD IS STOCKED WITH UNIQUE BOUTIQUES, CONTEMPORARY GALLERIES, WELCOMING CAFÉS AND SHOWCASE RESTAURANTS.
1 Sure, you can stroll the District on your own, or you could make your exploration more memorable by riding a gyroscopic scooter on a Segway Ontario tour. 30 Gristmill Ln., 416-642-0008; segwayofontario.com
3 A 19th-century pump house matches the old-world vibe of Balzac’s Coffee Roasters. An original Distillery tenant, it’s still enormously popular. 1 Trinity St., 416-207-1709; balzacs.com
4 It’s natural that a historic area would house at least one antique shop. Here, Blackbird Vintage Finds fulfills that role with one-of-a-kinds and other timeless home items. 11 Trinity St., 416-681-0558; blackbirdvintage.com
8 Some of the city’s best-dressed denizens are known to shop at Gotstyle. Its Distillery outpost offers refined suits and sharp streetwear for men, plus contemporary business and social looks for women. 21 Trinity St., 416-260-9696; gotstyle.ca
9 Love tequila? El Catrin has more than 100 varieties of the Mexican spirit, best enjoyed with a few tacos beneath one of the enormous lamps on the popular patio. 18 Tank House Ln., 416-203-2121; elcatrin.ca
10 The roster at prestigious Corkin Gallery is a who’s who of established names—from photo-based artists like Barbara Astman and Frank Mädler to Les Automatistes founding member Françoise Sullivan. 7 Tank House Ln., 416-979-1980; corkingallery.com
12 Down a pint from one of Ontario’s pioneering craft brewers at Mill Street Beer Hall—which boasts a chic dining room and massive patio—or its adjacent, more traditional sibling, the Mill Street Brew Pub. 21 Tank House Ln., 416-681-0338; millstreetbrewpub.ca
13 Just try not to salivate at the decadent offerings on display—at the raw bar, on the bread table, in the wine cabinets—at stylish French bistro Cluny. 35 Tank House Ln., 416-203-2632; clunybistro.com
14 Soma is arguably Toronto’s most famous chocolate shop. Don’t pass by without picking up some of its organic, fair-trade treats or a cup of rich, spicy Mayan hot chocolate. 32 Tank House Ln., 416-815-7662; somachocolate.com
15 Living out of a suitcase can be hard on your skin (and, occasionally, your nerves), so pampering palace Jacob & Sebastian is a must-visit for all manner of rejuvenative bath, body and hair products. 27 Tank House Ln., 416-360-7750; jacobandsebastian.com
16 An evening’s entertainment awaits at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Its resident Soulpepper Theatre Company is an acclaimed presenter of contemporary classics. 50 Tank House Ln., 416-866-8666; soulpepper.ca
GET THERE! The Distillery District is situated in the southeastern corner of what’s generally considered Toronto’s downtown core. It’s a 15 minute walk east of Union Station, or take the 504 King streetcar to Parliament Street, then walk two blocks south.