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You Are Here: The Distillery Historic District

What was old is new again in this restored Victorian-era industrial complex that’s home to everything from trend-setting design boutiques, top-tier restaurants, contemporary art galleries and more.


HIGH-END FINDS Named for the physicist, philosopher, mathematician and astronomer Galileo Galilei, Lileo invites you to make fashion discoveries of your own. In a lovely, large space, the retailer stocks luxe apparel, jewellery, footwear and skincare by such designer brands as November 3rd, Transit, Hartford and more. Chances are you won’t find these selectively sourced products anywhere else in the city.

SAY KAMPAI! Sure, you can buy sake that’s been imported from Japan. Or you can drink locally produced rice beer from the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company. Here, a variety of unpasteurized sakes are uniquely made with fresh Ontario spring water. Tours of the brewery are also offered to demonstrate how the smooth, flavourful beverage comes to be.

Blackbird Vintage Finds (photo by Craig Moy)

PAST IS PRESENT Seeking a statement piece for your home? Blackbird Vintage Finds is filled to the rafters with eclectic treasures—from old street signs to vintage typewriters to taxidermy birds. Whether you’re adding to your own antique collection or searching for a distinctive gift, this quirky shop’s salvaged wares are sure to take you back in time.

UNRIVALED ATMOSPHERE One of the liveliest and most established spots in the Distillery, the Boiler House serves up contemporary fine-dining fare in a beautifully restored, two-level space. A chic cabana-like patio with oversized umbrellas and privacy curtains ensure the restaurant is a hot spot for summer, too. A fanciful Sunday brunch with live jazz is also on the menu.


LOCAL COCOA From bean to bar (or box, or bag), the delectable treats at Soma Chocolatemaker are all house-made using organic and fair-trade ingredients from such cocoa-producing countries as Madagascar, Venezuela and Indonesia. The boutique has all sorts of chocolate bars and Italian cookies to take home, but your purchase won’t be complete without some specialty truffles or a cup of fresh gelato.

VIEW POINT Arguably the most prestigious of the Distillery’s numerous art spaces, Corkin Gallery represents top contemporary artists, including Iain Baxter&, Barbara Astman, Frank Mädler and Sharon Switzer. At any given time, the two-level converted tank house features visuals that contribute to discourse on issues like the environment, consumerism and identity.

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