It’s okay to use terms like ‘high class’, ‘ritzy’, ‘elegant’ and ‘haute couture’ when describing Yorkville, Toronto because they are exactly the words befitting this elite district.
Once a Bohemian haven of hippies and folk singers, the area has been transformed. Today it is a world renowned first-class destination with affluent condos, luxurious fine dining and premium shopping. Repurposed Victorian homes and buildings add to the charm and character of the neighborhood.
The “Mink Mile” along Bloor Street ranks among the most expensive streets in the world (just as the name suggests!) Yorkville features antique shops, designer boutiques and galleries that easily match up to any exclusive location worldwide. The modern park in the district’s center is a refreshing respite, fitting in perfectly with the many small courtyards and alleyways that give the area its uniquely chic character.
Getting There And Getting Around
Yorkville is officially considered a part of Toronto’s The Annex. The area is bounded by Davenport Road, Yonge Street, Avenue Road and Bloor Street. Getting to and around Yorkville is no problem at all. The district is served along the Bloor-Danforth subway line by St George, Bay and Yonge stations; on the Yonge subway line by Bloor station; and by Museum station on the University-Spadina subway line.
The numbers 5 and 6 buses serve the area, with the number 6 running along Bay Street and the number 5 along Avenue Road. While rush hour can make travelling in the area by car something of a hassle, you will find there is more than sufficient parking available throughout the neighborhood. Parking rates range from about $2.00 to $15.00.
How swanky is Yorkville? Just to give you an idea – when Brown’s Shoes opened its boutique there, the stock it offered was notably more expensive than in its other locations. Additionally, many merchandisers have made their Bloor-Yorkville location their flagship store and haute couture is always the name of the game. Tiffany, Prada, Chanel, D&G, Gucci, Hermès and other upscale, high-end boutiques and designers can all be found here. In-demand Canadian designers such as Jeremy Lang and Hoax Couture also have a place in this high-class Toronto hotspot.
Popular retailers found in Yorkville include Hudson’s Bay Company, Roots, The Gap and H&M. Specialty stores are plentiful here, and you can find a wide variety of watches, purses, shoes kitchen supplies and fine foods.
In much the same way downtown Toronto has its PATH, Yorkville has an amazing underground network of passageways and tunnels. In fact, you can traverse the entire neighborhood without seeing the light of day or having to deal with the freezing temperatures in the colder months.
The walkways take you to a world of shopping and an astounding number of coffee shops. Shopping centers such as Hazelton Lanes, Holt Renfrew Centre and Cumberland Terrace begin modestly above ground then turn on the grandeur once you hit the sublevels.
Health and Beauty
You can achieve that desired refined, groomed and polished look while in Yorkville by visiting any of its many salons, spas and parlors. They are sure to satisfy all your health and beauty needs from skin and hair care to massages, nutrition, dental and chiropractic services. The district’s annual ‘Beautylicious’ expo is a great way to indulge in luxury treatments from some of the finest establishments for greatly reduced prices.
Galleries And Museums
Many art galleries located in the area specialize in a wide range of interests and feature the work of local artists. The Royal Ontario Museum (the largest in Canada) is located at the corner of Bloor Street and Avenue Road, It showcases art, world culture and natural history. Stop by the Bata Shoe Museum for a view of the world’s largest collection of footwear – there’s even a pair of Napoleon’s socks! It gives a rather interesting look at world history from the reference point of evolving footwear.
Purveyors of fine art and antiques head to Yorkville, certain they will find exactly the awe-inspiring piece they are seeking at one of the nearly 40 art dealers and galleries. You can find renaissance works, modern sculptures and displays of works by past and present Canadian artists, spanning every form and genre you can imagine.
Many of the galleries and museums of Yorkville often host art shows and special exhibits, with some offering guided tours to visitors.
Yorkville is home to exquisite eateries tendering delectable fare. You can savor the food along with the opportunity to people-watch as you keep an eye out for the rich and famous who frequent the many world class restaurants of Yorkville. Scrumptious signature dishes and mouthwatering all-time favorites can be had at any of the restaurants found in the high-class hotels that call Yorkville home.
The One Restaurant at the Hazelton Hotel is the place to experience the very best of refined contemporary Canadian food fare. If a more casual eating experience is what you desire, then there are quite a few options for you to choose from whether day or night. Check out the Roof Lounge at the Hyatt Hotel or 7 West to enjoy cocktails and mingle with locals and visitors alike.
Like all else in Yorkville, you can expect luxury and all its requisite amenities to characterize your stay at any of Yorkville’s top-notch hotels. InterContinental, Marriott and Four Seasons have locations here and offer you all the same elegant pleasures as they do to celebrities and superstars.
You will have to pay a pretty penny for it all, but that’s just how it is with world-class service. Enjoy the plush comfort of your hotel suite knowing first-class shopping, dining and entertainment are all just a stone’s throw away.
All the modern conveniences have been mixed in with old-world charm to give Yorkville its characteristic flair. The neighborhood is vibrant and pulsating all day and night, so you are sure to find something to suit your fancy no matter what time you venture out into its captivating fusion of style and entertainment.