Neighbourhood Spotlight: Distillery District

Tucked away in downtown Toronto, the Distillery District is a little pocket of the city filled to the brim with charm and local flair. Victorian Industrial architecture, independent restaurants and local shops make the Distillery District the perfect place to visit, shop, dine, work and, for the lucky few, live. We love this unique pedestrian area for all of these things and more, but it will always be extra-special to us – it’s the place we took our engagement photos!



Brick Street Bakery – 27 Trinity Street
Best known for its freshly baked bread, delicious sweet & savoury pies and handmade desserts, Brick Street Bakery is the perfect spot to drop in and satisfy any craving. The limited seating is part of its charm: pick up a beverage and sweet snack to go and explore the pedestrian village in style.

Archeo – 31 Trinity Street
With a modern-yet-rustic romantic interior and a tightly curated menu of seasonal offerings, Archeo is the ideal spot for a date night, wedding or even a casual lunch with friends. History buffs will especially love their use of 150-year-old reclaimed wood from Gooderham & Worts. Ambience aside, expect contemporary cuisine that wows 

Young Centre for the Performing Arts – 50 Tank House Lane
Home to Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company and George Brown College’s Theatre School, this intimate venue is your ticket to unique, local theatre and the arts. The productions are always top-notch, highlighting exceptional artists and musicians of all stripes.

Arta Gallery – 14 Distillery Lane
Immerse yourself in culture with a visit to Arta Gallery, where local and international artists showcase their work. With artists rotated frequently, you’ll always find something new when you stroll through the gallery to appreciate the works of art. Locals know to follow the gallery on Facebook for tips about opening parties for the latest exhibits.

Bergo Designs – 27 Tank House Lane
Ready your wallet and prepare to fill your home with beauty as you step into Bergo Designs, a unique lifestyle shop in the heart of Distillery District. Well-stocked with upscale home necessities and other curiosities, Bergo is the perfect spot to get that piece your friends are sure to ask about when they visit.


Balzac’s Distillery District – 1 Trinity Street

Be transported to Paris in this 1895 Pump House turned Grand Parisian-style café. One of six Balzac’s locations in Toronto, the Distillery District café is a cozy locale to curl up with a good book, work or just people watch and enjoy a cup of their premium roast. While the atmosphere is enough to entice, the artisanal, local, sustainable and natural food and beverages will make you feel great about multiple return visits.

Cacao 70 – 28 Gristmill Lane

Satisfy your sweet tooth in a fun location designed to encourage the sharing of desserts and special moments with loved ones. Wonderful for date night or brunch with friends, Cacao 70 offers a range of delightful confections. Try the classic strawberry milkshake, the banana split waffle, or if you’re feeling adventurous, go for the triple chocolate pizza, slathered in melted chocolates and served with fresh fruit.

This post was kindly sponsored by Tridel and will be featured on their website and sales magazine to promote their new Aquabella project in the Distillery District area. 

Photo credits: Mike Caringi, 5ive15ifteen photo company