One of the most iconic and photogenic shopping destinations in Canada, Toronto’s Distillery District, has recently been announced as one of the coolest shopping areas in the world.
Ranking fifth on the list of ten best places to shop from around the world, the Distillery District is the only Canadian location picked by The International Edition of The Guardian Newspaper.
This is not surprising, as the Distillery sees millions of people every year thanks to its history and heritage, dozens of independent souvenir stores, fashion boutiques, and restaurants, including such names as Balzac’s Coffee Roasters, John Fluevog Shoes, Soma Chocolates and more. All of this gives its visitors an authentic one-of-a-kind experience, that can’t be found anywhere else in the country. For art lovers, The Distillery District also offers theatre and galleries.
“What a great honour for us all to be recognized to be in the company of districts in St. Petersburg, Paris, Hamburg and Copenhagen,” notes Diana Olsen, owner of Balzac’s Coffee Roasters. “I’ve always believed that what makes the Distillery District so special is that it combines a very romantic and nostalgic ‘old world’ atmosphere via cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways, with a decidedly modern and edgy cultural, retail and food experience. The juxtaposition of old and new keeps it vibrant and exciting for a wide audience of local and international visitors.”
Needless to say, the site is a mecca for photographers and Instagrammers, especially in the summertime and over Christmas holidays.
And every year the Distillery hosts special events which make the site even more Instagrammable. One of them is the Toronto Light Festival, a unique winter experience created by local and international artists and designed to entertain & inspire. The Toronto Light Festival is set to run at the Distillery District from January 18 – March 3, 2019.
“The Distillery’s concept of not settling for chain store retailers, has allowed it to create a community that is loved by locals and appreciated the world over,” reports Newswire.
Other destinations that made the list include:
- Park View, Whitley Bay
- Leiden, Netherlands
- Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, US
- St Petersburg, Russia
- Montmartre, Paris
- Karolinen, Hamburg
- Jægersborggade, Nørrebro, Copenhagen
- Magdalen Road, Exeter
- Lerwick, Shetland
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