As Canada’s largest pedestrian only neighbourhood, Toronto’s Distillery District is a great place to take the kids. Developed in the former Gooderham and Worts distillery, the historical charm of brick walkways and Victorian architecture is unmatched anywhere in the city. Don’t miss these top 4 family-friendly places!
Balzac’s Coffee Roasters
Quench your need for caffeine at Balzac’s Coffee. The decor alone is worth the visit. Breathtaking cathedral ceilings, an immense and funky chandelier, and a second floor loft that gives an impressive view of diners below. Not to mention the awesome coffee. Balzac’s micro-roasts their coffee, which results in unique and complex flavours. They also offer a number of other hot and cold drinks, as well as baked goods and snacks. The open space leaves lots of rooms for strollers and children too. Definitely a must stop spot on any visit to the Distillery District!
Art Strollers offers free walking tours of the distillery district for moms and little ones. Sign up for a tour and view some of the amazing galleries in the district. You’ll see a great selection of work by some of the hottest artists in the city. Best of all, Art Strollers arranges visits so gallery owners are prepared for a large group of moms and kids, so there’s no need to worry about disturbing other patrons.
Soma Chocolate Maker
If chocolate is religion, Soma’s is definitely the place to worship. It’s tucked into one of the smaller buildings so leave the stroller outside, but what Soma lacks in size it makes up for in selection and deliciousness. Soma offers everything from chocolate bars, to truffles, to hot chocolate and gelato. All Soma chocolates are made on site and in small batches. The shop even includes a viewing lab for visitors to witness the art of chocolate making in action. Make sure to order the famous Mayan Hot Chocolate. You won’t be disappointed.
Tank Jewellery and Beads
What mom doesn’t deserve a new piece of Jewelry? Stop in at Tank Jewelry and Beads and splurge on something special for yourself. All pieces in the store are handmade by owners Jill Cribbon and Amy Johnson, as well as other featured artists. With a range of styles including the whimsical, quirky, clean, modern and sophisticated. There is sure to a something to suit everyone’s tastes. If you don’t find what your looking for in the store, Tank products can be purchased online through the web site. The on site studio also offers a number of classes, workshops and events.
55 Mill Street, Building #58 #200, Toronto, ON