There is no doubt that Toronto is a great city. Here, you can experience, see, feel the smell and the taste (so to speak) of the numerous reasons why this beautiful urban center is one of the most attractive cities in the world. One of those reasons is the perception that people here are friendly and polite. Whether that old mythology holds up or not, is something that needs to be put to the test. There is no better place to do that in Toronto than the Distillery District.
There you “step into whiskey-soaked history,” as some would say. Don´t get me wrong, please, it´s not an invitation to drink spirits, although you can do that and much more in this District. Justly famed for its fascinating history, its internationally acclaimed galleries, boutiques, cafés, studios and workshops of artists, luxury restaurants and, of course, friendly people, the Distillery District is a witness to the history of what was once considered to be the largest distillery in the British Empire.
As you enter, you´ll embark on a tour to learn about the tragedies and triumphs of the distillery´s founders. You will hear live outdoor music, see outdoor exhibits, and taste great food.
The area is dedicated to promoting the arts, culture, and entertainment and is a favorite spot for tourist coming to town. Let´s take a look at some good reasons for visiting this exciting section of Toronto which, by the way, is Canada´s largest pedestrian-only precinct:
- You can explore the site and stroll along the cobblestone streets while you take a look at some of North America´s best-preserved collection of Victorian industrial Architecture buildings.
- Maybe you are a theatergoer. In that case, there are seventeen performing art companies presenting live performances in the District.
- If you´re a beer fan, here´s the chance to savor Mill St. Original Organic Lager, a 100% natural, certified organic beer.
- For the wine drinkers, there is an enormous selection of wines from around the world.
- Some people say that if you have only one reason to be at the distillery, it better be for the food. With eight restaurants in the area each with a distinct cuisine, French menus, oyster pubs, coffee shops, and patisseries, the food (food, glorious food!) is the best attraction for many.
Finally, the art installations with corrugated metal sculptures and numerous artwork that pepper the Distillery, plus the Music City Summer Series that take place until the end of August, create an atmosphere that invites for some peace and quiet despite all the entertainment, shopping, and eateries around. It is just nice to get away from all the buzz of everyday life and walk along the streets of a place that seems frozen at the crossroads of the past and the present. Maybe it is time for you to plan a trip to the Matrix Locksmith and of course the Distillery District and get a bite of the many things it has to offer.
See also Ontario Science Centre, the science museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada