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Distillery District - Worth mentionings?

I'm heading to the distilerry district on monday and probably dropping by Soma and Sweet Escape.. What are some good places to check out in the District?

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Distillery District
55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

Sweet Escape
55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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  1. My friend bikes way out of her way and juggles a piping hot coffee because she swears by Balzac's. I like wandering around Found Objects because of the fun and pretty accessories...but not really affordable for me just yet :P
    I haven't been all too impressed with the dinners in the area. However, a popular suggestion on this board for the area is Weezies!

    EK

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    Weezie's
    354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

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    1. re: ekim256

      Found Objects sounds fun! I have never been to the district, and I'm going with my girlfriend on monday. If we need some coffee, I think we'll drop by Balzacs too!

      There seems like a lot to do, will it keep us busy for a whole afternoon?

      1. re: .alias

        A stop at Brick Street Bakery is a must if you are hungry. Amazing sandwiches, savoury pies and such. Lunch from Brick Street, coffee from Balzacs and chocolate/gelato/Mayan hot chocolate shot/Bicerin from Soma is pretty much perfect day at the Distillery. Throw in some beer samples at Mill St. Brewery for a pick me up. :)

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        Brick Street Bakery
        55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

        1. re: TorontoJo

          I second BSB's sammies!
          I can't wait for the summer to roll around for Distillery District brunches and music :)

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          Distillery District
          55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

    2. Brick Street Bakery's eccles cakes.

      A Taste of Quebec's delicious cheeses + cured meats, as well as some interesting maple products. http://atasteofquebec.com/

      Balzac's Coffee- nice atmosphere and good coffee. http://www.balzacscoffee.com/

      Haven't been too impressed by anything from Sweet Escapes. Does anyone have recs for what Sweet Escapes does best? I'm not a cupcake person.

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      Brick Street Bakery
      55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

      1. I heard there is a cafe/resto serving buster rhino sandwiches somewhere in the district. Anybody with the 411 on this? Thanks!

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        1. re: justsayn

          Sweet Escapes Bakery, already mentioned, has had Buster Rhino's sandwiches in the past. Not 100% sure they are still doing that.

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          Sweet Escape
          55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

          Buster Rhino's
          2001 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

          1. re: bytepusher

            Thanks!

        2. Gilead Cafe, Jamie Kennedy's spot, is right next to Distillery. I say it is worth a stop

          1. For coffee, a new worthy addition to the Distillery is Caffe Furbo, located in the lane immediately behind Balzac's. Furbo has only been open a month or so but is has a more relaxing vibe and great tasting coffee that's always consistent, because the owner himself seems to work 24/7! Their pastries are also fresh and good. http://www.caffefurbo.com/

            Balzac's is definitely located in a more stunningly historic building, but to my tastebuds their coffee is over-roasted and inconsistent, the baked goods are too often stale, and the staff are usually too run off their feet handling the lineups to really pay attention to details. Getting a seat most days is like winning the lotto.

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            1. re: Gary

              just what the distillery needs, another cafe!
              allias, you may want to reconsider your monday trip, the majority of the district will be closed

              1. re: Gary

                Caffe Furbo looks like a beautiful space, based on the website.

                1. re: pescatarian

                  Caffe Furbo is fantastic. Excellent espresso, great atmosphere, and the owner is very friendly and talented (has a bunch of original artwork hanging). Just note that they don't do brewed coffee... for that, you're still better off with Balzac's.

                  1. re: jmeggs

                    I just visited Caffe Furbo's website and was surprised. It's so... white. And shiny! I can't say I am liking my initial Internet impression of it. I'll give it an in-person visit anyways, if the coffee really is good. I like Balzac's interior and coffee, but prefer buying the coffee by the lb to enjoy at home, since whenever I go there, it's always super busy.

                    1. re: soytoy

                      It's definitely a smaller and, yes, whiter space than Balzac's, and while I love Balzac's, I think this place is really neat and has fantastic espresso. If you don't like the ambiance, you can always take your drink to-go.

                      1. re: soytoy

                        i'm curious about the atmosphere they're trying to create... apparently wine and cheese boards are on the way and tables were shortened to offer a more relaxed lounging feel.

                2. Toronto's first sake brewery to open this weekend at the Distillery District:
                  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/ar...

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                  Distillery District
                  55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA