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You Are Here: 16 Distillery District Shops, Restaurants and Galleries to Visit

TORONTO’S PROMINENT HERITAGE ‘HOOD IS STOCKED WITH UNIQUE BOUTIQUES, CONTEMPORARY GALLERIES, WELCOMING CAFÉS AND SHOWCASE RESTAURANTS.

Distillery District Segway Ontario Tour

See the Distillery District on a Segway Ontario tour

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

2 Discover a local take on a Japanese tradition with a brew or two from the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company. 51 Gristmill Ln., 416-365-7253; ontariosake.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

The Stirling Room Distillery District Toronto

The Stirling Room’s patio is perfect for Indian summer nights (photo: Ryan Emberley)

The Stirling Room is a weekend-revelry destination. Non-nightclubbers can enjoy al fresco food and drinks on the expansive patio. 16 Trinity St., 416-364-3900; stirlingroom.com

6 Across two neighbouring spaces, Thompson Landry Gallery displays the finest works by artists from Quebec. 6 Trinity St. & 32 Distillery Ln., 416-364-4955; thompsonlandry.com

7 Fuel your local wandering with a savoury sandwich or sweet nibble—or even just a fresh baguette to munch on—from beloved Brick Street Bakery. 27 Trinity St., 416-214-4949; brickstreetbakery.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

Distillery District El Catrin Toronto

Partake in a tequila tasting at the Distillery District’s El Catrin restaurant

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

11 Distill Gallery is a one-stop shop for artisan-produced, unique-to-Toronto apparel, home decor items, jewellery, accessories and more. 24 Tank House Ln., 416-304-0033; distillgallery.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

Cluny Bistro Distillery District Toronto

Cluny’s raw bar offers delicacies from the deep (photo: Paula Wilson)

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.

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