Last Sunday, my friends and I visited the historic district of Toronto, the Distillery District. It wasn’t my first time, I’ve been to this area on several occasions and I’ve loved it every single time I’ve been there.

What I truly love about this magnetic place is its aura with which it touches the soul. As soon as you enter the realm you can immediately feel the history of the place. In fact, what truly impresses me is the perfect marriage of modernity and history of this magnificent place. With its industrial exteriors and soft interiors, the Distillery District never fails to stir my emotions. Being an old soul, I’ve always enjoyed strolling around the place, visiting vintage stores, getting fresh baked cone of gelato or getting a nice glass of wine at one of its awesome restaurants while pondering away in my mind.

Each time I’ve visited the place, I have always come back with a fresh perspective. It’s almost like an Oasis within the concrete desert. The place has this magical touch to it. I wonder if its because of the colour pops you see on the rustic exteriors, or perhaps because of knowing how old the place is and yet it feels so alive. Regardless of what it is exactly, I always look forward to spending my time there as I almost always come back with a refreshed soul!

What’s more is the love you can feel in the district. Almost always I have found freshly married couples getting their wedding pictures taken at the site. In fact, there is even a nice installation of an iron sign, Love, in which couples come and lock their love locks. Talk about getting that Paris feel.

The Distillery District

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My Favourite Stops at the Distillery District.

Blackbird Vintage FindsI absolutely adore this store! As soon as you enter the shop you can immediately feel the vintage! There are so many interesting and unique finds at this place. Last time I visited I ended up getting a cute little clipboard for my desk!

Balzac’s Coffee: I love to stop by at this cafe and have a nice cup of coffee while reading away on my iPad.

Brick Street Bakery: Who doesn’t like stopping by cute bakeries?

Greg’s Ice Cream: ICE CREAM! This usually is my first stop when I come to the district (guilty). I always get a scoop and lick away while I stroll around the place, its so much better this way hehe.  

Tappo Restaurant & Wine Bar: AWESOME place, awesome wine! Being the wine-o that I am, its not a surprise that I have this one on the list. The restaurant has an awesome ambiance and the food/wine is a must try!

Mary’s BrigadeiroNot sure, if they are there to stay but last time I visited the Distillery, this cute little pop-up store won everyone’s heart, or shall I say bellies? The shop sells truffels made from condensed milk. They’re so sweet and fudge-like. Apparently, these treats are pretty big in Brazil and this shop is supposedly the only one in the GTA to sell these gems. Check out their shop, they usually offer deliveries or if you’d like you can pick them up from the owner’s place. Highly recommend!

Extra!

Bang Bang Ice Cream: Even this isn’t in the Distillery District, in fact its far from it, but it’s still Toronto lol it was our last stop before we headed home and it was so so so good! We had to wait close to 40 minutes to get these goodies, but my god were they worth it! The flavours I tried were Totaro, from my favourite Ghibli movie and Match Green tea on a freshly baked bang bang waffle! Definitely a must try!!

Until Next Time…

I hope this post was helpful for the next time you visit one of my favourite places. If you have your own favourites from the district, comment away below and I’ll check those out when I visit the place next time (which I am sure will be soon lol).

Next weekend, I am planning on visiting a victorian village, Elora. I have heard so much about it that I’ve got to go see it myself! So stay tuned for that.

I know, I know… My last post stated that I would be posting about my last, last weekend’s adventure at Tobermory but I am still working on it. Since the past few days, I have realized how much better I feel when I publish a post thats not only about quality pictures but quality copy as well. Tobermory was such an amazing place and it stirred so much within me that I’ve decided to spend as much time as needed so that I can articulate as perfectly as I can about how much of an amazing time I had there – I promise I’ll post it soon 🙂

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Join the discussion 24 Comments

  • Sofiya says:

    Amazing post and such a good guide for visitors! Love your photos 🙂

  • Simran Harichand says:

    Not sure if I love the post more or the pictures. An absolutely amazing guide!

  • Sannan Tariq says:

    love the old buildings and the way you have described the place. Looking forward to the day when you take me there. cheers

    • Fatima Zehra says:

      Thank you! Hopefully soon enough you come visit Ontario. Its such an amazing place to discover!

  • zain says:

    Excellent post covering one of the more beautiful parts of Toronto. Excellent read and great quality pictures. Keep up the great work!

  • Sharjeel says:

    Lovely places and adorable people 🙂

    • Fatima Zehra says:

      Thank you so so so much! Its truly an amazing place to visit, hope you can come see it some day 🙂

  • Temur Tariq says:

    in love with the pictures.. <3 <3
    i might visit Toronto now 😉

  • Ambreen says:

    Lovely write up… amazing capture of the this lovely place in Toronto through your words and photoghrapy, felt like I was getting a person tour 🙂
    Keep it up!!!!

  • Fawad Ali says:

    Wow as an old visitor of toronto I seemed to have missed its biggest attraction, now I know where to roll into for a quick glimpse at a more vintage neighborhood than what we are mostly used to seeing. I think it would be a nice change.. Thanks for the advice

  • Maha Kamil says:

    I simply love the way you have described everything about the place in such great detail! The pictures are beyond AMAZING! Keep up the excellent work Fatima 🙂

  • Sana Tariq says:

    You know you have done a good job when you manage to stir up emotions in the person reading/viewing your work. I WANT TO VISIST this place, it sounds magical. Especially the bit where you describe it as a fusion of modernity and history. Sounds divine. Keep writing and exploring xx

    Ps. I am going to overdose on icecream now. All those extra cals are on you ?

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