The Distillery District in Toronto, Canada
Nearly 10 years ago a small group of visionary developers had a dream for Toronto. They looked at a derelict collection of Victorian Industrial buildings that had been pronounced a national historic site and imagined transforming it. Not into another “historic district” or “pioneer village” but into something exciting and unique. Something the city would be proud of. They wanted to create a place that would excite and inspire the senses. Where people could experience new ideas, new foods, new designs and new ways of living and working.
And that’s EXACTLY what The Distillery District is! It’s one amazing little area in Toronto where you can walk, shop, eat, and browse some amazing things that you cannot get at a local mall. We had read about The Distillery District before arriving in Toronto and knew that this was the place we wanted to spend some time at. It was super hot out that day, so it was nice to just check out some unique shops that sold some amazing crafty and foodie items. :)
It’s very much compared to New York City’s SoHo or Chelsea areas with a relaxing atmosphere of European walking and patio districts with the hip, cool dynamic where creative minds get together. There were SO many different events going on while we were there — weddings, receptions, photos, etc…
From what I’ve read, The Distillery District’s dream was to provide a place where creativity would flourish and passion would be aroused – where artists, artisans, entrepreneurs and business people could rub shoulders and inspire each other. There are 47 buildings with cafes, shops, and so much more! Oddly enough, when you view it from the outside, you couldn’t even imagine that it houses such amazing little shops with a stunning 21st century design and creativity.
It’s definitely something that visitors should check out. You have to visit the one-of-a-kind stores, shops, galleries, studios, restaurants, cafes, theatres and more! The Distillery Historic District opened in 2003 and today it is widely regarded as Canada’s premier arts, culture and entertainment destination.