Toronto Part 1: The Distillery District & Lunch at Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill

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The Distillery District in Toronto is where you will find great restaurants, boutiques, galleries, studios, cafes, shops. A pedestrian only village of restored red brick, Victorian-era buildings of the Gooderham & Worts whiskey distillery. It’s just a short streetcar ride from downtown Toronto; we took the eastbound 504 King streetcar to Parliament Street and it’s just a couple of blocks south to the Parliament entrance into the Distillery District.

The Distillery District, Toronto
The Distillery District, Toronto
The Distillery District, Toronto
The Distillery District, Toronto
The Distillery District, Toronto
The Distillery District, Toronto

A derelict collection of Victorian industrial buildings that had been declared a national historic site inspired a group of developers who took it on and transformed it into what it is today. The Distillery Historic District opened in 2003.

The Distillery District, Toronto
The Distillery District, Toronto

The old and the new blend seamlessly and harmoniously – wonderful craftsmanship and skill is evident in the restoration of these wonderful buildings. The red brick Victorian with the high rise glass…

The Distillery District, Toronto
The Distillery District, Toronto
The Distillery District, Toronto
The Distillery District, Toronto
The Distillery District, Toronto
The Distillery District, Toronto
The Distillery District, Toronto
The Distillery District, Toronto

It’s an amazing place to wander around, get a coffee in Balzac’s, stroll through the laneways and streets, browse in the shops and have lunch in one of the many eateries. We love Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill and this is where we enjoyed lunch on our recent visit. Mill Street Brew Pub and Cluny Bistro are also great spots.

Mill Street Brewery
Mill Street Brewery
Balzac's Coffee
Balzac’s Coffee

purespirits_logoOur lunch on the patio at Pure Spirits was delicious, a bottle of Megalomanic white wine, catalan shrimp ($15) to start (so good!). Followed by The Jim Grande Burger (beef, bacon strips, bread and butter pickles, american cheese, lettuce and tomato, Jim Grande sauce, sesame seed bun, with house cut fries and a side chocolate shake!) for him ($19) and the ‘pork bomb’ for me – sweet pulled pork with salty and sour ‘slaw, crispy fried onion ($16).

Lunch at Pure Spirits
Lunch at Pure Spirits
Blue skies through the umbrella outside Pure Spirits!
Blue skies through the umbrella outside Pure Spirits!
Patio at Pure Spirits
Patio at Pure Spirits
Catalan Shrimp!
Catalan Shrimp!

We were lucky with beautiful weather and sunshine on this visit, but we have been to The Distillery District at all times of the year and its always great and more than worth visiting while you’re in Toronto. And is always on our list…

The Distillery Historic District | 55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada | www.thedistillerydistrict.com

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