5 Awesome Reasons to Visit the Distillery District in Summer 2022

As many parts of Canada begin to re-open, the Distillery District has smashed together its Victorian Industrial heritage with gorgeous patios across all 13 acres.  Our Toronto Tour Guide team has put together a list of what you can expect from the Distillery District in Summer 2022.

There’s much more than just patios to enjoy too – many reopening businesses have brought along some interesting surprises. Read on to find out 5 great reasons to visit the Distillery District this Summer.

Enjoy a European Style Patio

Discover the Distillery District this Summer 2022.
The south half of Trinity Street has turned into a palm tree dotted oasis.

The Distillery District was already an urban heavenscape of gorgeous patios – now the neighbourhood has been amped up to 11. Featuring the palm tree dotted oasis of Trinity Street, this area is spaced out perfectly for socially distanced hangouts. Grab a chilled drink and pastry from Arvo Coffee, Balzacs or Arena Coffee and enjoy this perfectly shaded escape from packed Toronto streets.

Awesome Local Businesses

Did you know there are dozens of local businesses in the Distillery District? From Sake to locally-crafted women’s fashion, there are lots of surprises to find while strolling through the area. There are new, exciting retailers in the Distillery District Containers right beside Balzac’s coffee.  Discover favourite Canadian brands and local baked goods.

The neighbourhood is well known for its lack of chain stores, instead focusing on locally-owned Small Businesses. Each visit is an opportunity to discover handcrafted jewelry, artwork, candles and much more.  Try some fancy footwork at Fluevog Distillery and tap your way across the red bricks in style!

Incredible Restaurants and Cafes

We’re not quite sure it’s possible to eat your way through the Distillery District in one visit. In fact, we’re pretty certain that you should book at least a weekend to try. With so many unique and delicious options, we recommend a clear schedule and empty stomach.

Classics like Brick St. Bakery and Wildly Delicious (who also offer a huge line-up of their products in-store) are great spots if you want a quick bite that doesn’t skimp on quality. Both have a variety of hand-crafted, made to order sandwiches and bowl dishes to-go.

Wildly Delicious Cheese Boards are the perfect light snack while roaming the Distillery District.

Looking for a seated meal? This Summer you won’t find a better option than the Catalan flavours of Madrina Bar and Tapas. Featuring a number of seafood (don’t miss the canned sardines!) plates and possibly the best Bone Marrow we’ve had – your Summer vibe will thank you for going Mediterranean.

Don’t forget Mill Street’s pair of restaurants either. The Beer Hall and Pub both feature great pairings to go with their multitude of beers.

Take a Distillery District Tour

Since 2005, Go Tours Canada has been a mainstay of the Distillery District.  In Summer 2022, we invite you to learn on a roll with our family fun Segway Spin.  Easy to learn – we’ll show you the neighbourhood on 2 wheels.  Learn a few neat facts and explore the red-bricked lane-ways of the former largest distillery on Earth. Do you prefer using your own two feet?  Our Walking Tours bring you inside some of the fantastic architecture and expand on the rich history of the neighbourhood.

Distillery District Private Segway Tours 2020

BlogTO ranked Go Tours “One of Toronto’s Top Tours” and Segway Tours are constantly rated one of the top activities on Tripadvisor. During Pandemic regulations, they’re offering private tours. This is a great chance to take up to 8 bubble-buddies for a ride around the gorgeous Distillery. Along the way, one of Go Tours’ charming and knowledgeable guides will tell you some of the most exciting pieces of history from the neighborhood.

Get Soma Chocolate

Ranked one of the best Chocolatiers in the World, Soma Chocolate has been one of the Distillery District’s favourite tourist destinations for years. If you haven’t been yet, Summer 2022 is the perfect opportunity to try this award-winning chocolate.  Don’t forget, they’ve got gelato too!

With gelato, chocolate, Italian style cookies and dozens of other products on their shelves, Soma Chocolate is a must-visit. The moment you open the door, a wall of mouth-watering aromas light up your senses. Seriously, your mouth will water. Definitely budget a few extra dollars for this stop in the neighbourhood, you won’t regret it.

Discover the Distillery District this Summer 2022 and enjoy new beginnings and old classics.  Want deals on our Segway and Walking Tours?  Join our Mailing List.