BalzacToronto’s Distillery District is a wonderful slice of the 19th-century, cobbled streets leading people through the beautiful architecture that dates back to the days when the whiskey was made (and sometimes boated across to the US during the prohibition!). Nowadays, we see cultural events, excellent cages, bakeries, restaurants and several condo developments popping up throughout the area. The 19th-century buildings are lovely, and these give you a sense of what Toronto would have once looked like! Weekends can be particularly vibrant, and if you check out the Christmas Market, you will be shocked at the droves of people checking out the latest artisan gifts.
Here is our Distillery District guide:
The weekends can be particularly special, drawing crowds from all over Toronto. The event calendar can be found here. It’s a great place to bring the family! The music may be booming, so be ready to dance!
Soma is an incredible spot on Tankers Lane (how great is that for a laneway name!?). There can be lineups out the door in the summer for their specialty, Gelato! We love the Blueberry Basil flavour the most! We wish you the best of luck at not buying all that you can smell and see when you walk in the doorway!
Balzac’s has long been one of our favourite cafes in Toronto. There is no other coffee shop like this location of Balzac’s in TO. The old building is fantastic. Don’t be surprised if you see a newly married couple having their wedding pictures outside or just inside the main doors. The coffee machine is magnificent! It’s ornate. A true homage to the originals from Italy!
Artist-run theatre that is one of the original businesses in the Distillery District post-movie and TV set era. Soul Pepper is truly a wonderful artistic experience away from the big lights of Toronto’s theatre district. Hey, let’s call Soul Pepper Toronto’s off-Broadway, deal? Check them out!
One of Toronto’s best taco restaurants can be found on these cobbled streets. The interior is stunning with the brick walls. The outdoor space in the summer is wonderful as well! This is a great spot to meet up after work for a margarita, cervesa and a bite!
How can we not mention the Distillery District’s best beet? This brewery had been a modest destination years ago, and now with the numerous condo developments, this has become a popular spot. Keep in mind that y0u can grab most of their beet at the Beer Store!
There is a lot to enjoy about the Distillery District, and we expect with the increase of condos in years to come that this historic landmark will only grow in popularity and shops!
Would you like to know more about the area? Contact us here, and we’re happy to help!