The Distillery District is one of my favourite places in Toronto. Steeped in Canadian history, this area has undergone a transformation into one of the city’s most trendy hangouts. The Distillery District was booming in the mid-1800s and Gooderham & Worts were the largest distillers of alcohol in Canada. The industry reached its peak during this period and slowly began to deteriorate.
The Distillery District was purchased in 2001 and began its redevelopment into a pedestrian only village. A new vision was created and the goal was to focus on boutiques, art galleries, and cafes. In addition, the new ownership decided to refuse any leases to major brands or franchises. This decision has done wonders for the Distillery District’s popularity, attracting hipsters from all over Toronto.
The two places you cannot afford to miss are the Brick Street Bakery and Mill Street Brewery. I developed a love for cornish pasties during my time spent living in England. The problem is they’re pretty much non-existent in Canada, however, the Brick Street Bakery makes some awesome sausage rolls and I have become addicted to them. Last but not least, the Mill Street Brewery is a perfect way to end your visit to the Distillery District. My recommendation is the sampler, which allows you to choose between a number of seasonal and year-round beers. Some of my favourites include the 100th Meridan, Tankhouse Ale, and Cobblestone Stout.
Photographers will love visiting the Distillery District. Here are a couple of my favourite shots from my last trip:
While these pictures only scratch the surface, you’re sure to see plenty of photo opportunities. The old brick buildings and walkways represent a bygone era that has largely been lost to modern development. In addition, there are plenty of contemporary elements that have been added, one of my favourites being the love locks.