The Distillery District: Rich Toronto History

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The Distillery District is a national Historic Site with an incredibly rich history. The site was once The Gooderham and Worts Distillery, and represents the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America.

In its time, The Gooderham and Worts Distillery played an important role in the growth and wealth of both the city and nation. In addition to various involvements in real estate and banking, the company at one time contributed more to Federal coffers than any other enterprise in the country.

Sculpture
Sculpture
distillery district exterior
Distillery District Exterior
distillery district outside
Distillery District Outside
distillery district patios
Distillery District Patios
distillery district barrells decoration
Distillery District Barrells Decoration
distillery district art stands
Distillery District Art Stands
Art And Craft Happening
Art And Craft Happening

BALZAC's COFFEE ROASTERS is one of the most popular cafe places, beautiful space, and a small gallery with sitting area on the second floor.

Balzacs Coffee Roasters
Balzac's Coffee Roasters
balzacs coffee shop
Balzac's Coffee Shop

SOMA CHOCOLATE provides exceptional and unique products in an engaging atmosphere. Having the process on display and providing "tasting notes" adds to the feeling that the chocolatemakers of SOMA are true artists and the shop should be seen as another of the Distillery's many galleries.

soma chocolate interior
Soma Chocolate Interior
Homemade Chocolate
Homemade Chocolate

EL CATRIN DESTILERIA is a visually really cool place. In El Catrin serve authentic traditional and modern Mexican cuisine. They hired one of Mexico City's top chefs to create and execute an ambitious wide ranging tapas style menu.

el catrin destelleria
El Catrin Destileria
distillery district el catrin bar
Distillery District El Catrin Bar

IZUMI - The Ontario Spring Water Sake Company, located in downtown Toronto’s Distillery Historic District, is eastern North America’s first sake brewery. Using traditional Japanese methods and recipes with delicious Ontario spring water, Torontonians and visitors alike can now enjoy fresh, unpasteurised, locally-brewed sake for the first time.

izumi sake interior
Izumi Sake Interior
Izumi Sake
Izumi Sake

Art Galleries in Distillery District

Art Installation
Art Installation
Eskimo Art Gallery
Eskimo Art Gallery
Gallery Detail
Gallery Detail
Old barrels In Gallery
Old barrels In Gallery
Gallery In Distillery District
Gallery In Distillery District

MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER: BEA LABIKOVA

Bea Labikova
Bea Labikova

Bea is a Toronto based musician, photographer, teacher and a multidisciplinary visual artist. Growing up surrounded by her father’s antique camera collection, Bea was naturally inclined towards photography since an early age. She loves taking portraits of unique faces and always tries to capture the colours of the world around us. Her main areas of interest are documentary, performance and travel photography.

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3 comments on “The Distillery District: Rich Toronto History

  1. That photo of Balzac’s Coffee Shop – the one with the chandelier! Lots of things going on great picture!

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