Toronto/Downtown East

Buildings in the Distillery District

The Downtown East covers an area south of Bloor Street roughly between Yonge Street and the Don River. Most points of interest are clustered either in the north or south ends of this district.


Here are some of the neighbourhoods in Downtown East:

Get in

By public transit

Subway line 1 along Yonge St provides access to the western side of the district; stations of note are:

Streetcar 504 King runs the length of King Street, from Broadview Station to Dundas West station, both on the subway line 2 (Bloor-Danforth). The 504 also connects with the U-shaped subway line 1 at St. Andrew and King stations.

Streetcar 506 Carlton runs through Cabbagetown from College Station on subway line 1 at Yonge St.

Bus 65 Parliament serves Parliament Street through Cabbagetown to Castle Frank Station on subway line 2 (Bloor-Danforth).

Bus 172 Cherry St runs from King Station on subway line 1 (King St at Yonge St) running past the St Lawrence Market and the Distillery District before turning south along Cherry St. into the Portlands.

Both streetcar 504 and bus 65 come within 2 blocks of the Distillery District, but bus 172 will deliver you right to its front door.

By car

The main streets are Carlton and Parliament.


Sites of interest are mostly clustered north of Gerrard Street or south of Queen Street.

North of Gerrard Street

South of Queen Street

St Lawrence Market


Church-Wellesley Village

Stage theatres and concert venues



Church-Wellesley Village


Church-Wellesley Village

On Church Street between Isabella to the north and Carlton to the south you will find more restaurants than just about anywhere in the city in a comparable distance (comparable to Greektown). The restaurants often suffer in Toronto's tourist districts, this is no exception. If you have to eat here, the take-out often beats sit-down, and you get to walk. There are several good "sub" joints north of Wellesley on Church. The key here is that you are eating as part of a larger plan to be out with friends for drinks, socializing, dancing and having a wild time.



Church-Wellesley Village





Old Town

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Routes through Downtown East

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