on November 12, 2011
This area of Toronto has only been around for just under a decade. Prior to that it was a group of derelict Victorian buildings that had been pronounced a national historic site. It has been transformed and since 2003 has been a collection of eateries, bars and shops that keep the history alive while creating a modern space for people to enjoy. The site was home to Gooderham and Worts Distillery, which at one time was the largest distillery in the British Empire.We arrived late on in the afternoon looking for somewhere the eat, but were soon waylaid by the wonderful shops, many of which contain unique one of a kind items. Unfortunately they also tended to have unique one of kind type price tags that were so far outside of our budget we didn't even spend a penny, A real shame given how lovely everything was. The setting itself is worth a visit alone as the buildings are amazingly well kept and lots of fun to wander around. Here and there are remnants of the old distillery's equipment, held in glass cases or even right out in the open to touch.In terms of eateries there are plenty to choose from, all the way from cafes serving hot coffee and delicious cakes, to chocolatiers and posh restaurants. Unfortunately most of the cafes were closing for the day and we were left with just restaurants to choose from, most of the ones we found were far too pricey for our liking. We were starting to get the picture that this is a very trendy place to be, and as all trendy places tend to be it has trendy prices.All in all I would recommend visiting the distillery district around lunch-time and go and have a coffee and a nice bit of cake in one of the many cafes, then while away some time browsing in the shops, listening to buskers and checking out the quirky pieces of art dotted all over!
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