Yorkville

High-end downtown neighbourhood with outstanding shopping.

Welcome to Yorkville

High-end downtown neighbourhood with outstanding shopping

Yorkville is a high-end downtown neighbourhood known for its boutique retailers and fine dining. Yorkville is located at the intersection of Bloor Street and Yonge Street in Downtown Toronto. This bustling central district offers an energizing lifestyle with world-class shopping, dining, and cultural attractions, including art galleries and museums. Retail space in Yorkville’s prestigious
Mink Mile shopping district is the third most expensive in North America and ranked among the top 10 most expensive in the world. Yorkville’s real estate mix includes charming Victorian rowhouses and luxurious contemporary condominiums. This elegant and exciting neighbourhood is a great place to explore on foot, with lots of alleyways and courtyards.

What to Love

  • High-end Mink Mile shopping
  • Victorian rowhouses
  • Museums and galleries
  • Unique annual events

People & Lifestyle

In the 1960s, Yorkville was a famous bohemian enclave with many celebrated folk singers living in the area. Throughout the second half of the 20 th century, it evolved into one of Toronto’s most refined and desirable neighbourhoods. The area has an abundance of upscale shops and restaurants. There are also plentiful employment opportunities, with offices of organizations and corporations such as Canada Post, IBM Canada, Paramount Pictures, MTV Canada, and the Retail Council of Canada.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Yorkville is Toronto’s premier shopping and dining destination, with an endless choice of upscale eateries and trendy fashion boutiques. Alobar is both a swanky cocktail bar and an innovative Asian-European fusion bistro. The menu at Buca Osteria & Bar contains classic Italian dishes alongside inventive new creations. Buca’s service and wine list are impeccable. The Four Seasons Hotel’s French brasserie Café Boulud serves classics such as rotisserie chicken in an elegant vintage setting. Sassafraz combines French cooking techniques with uniquely Canadian cuisine. This romantic restaurant is housed within a charming historic rowhouse and features an outdoor patio. Chabrol is one of Yorkville’s many hidden gems. This petite eatery is nestled on a small street off Yorkville Avenue, and its authentic French cuisine and impressive wine list make it well worth finding.

Yorkville’s retail options are just as extensive and high-quality as its dining scene. Luxury menswear specialists Holt Renfrew on Bloor Street is an outstanding fashion retailer with an excellent personal shopping service. Chanel’s flagship three-story store on Yorkville Avenue is one of the French fashion house’s largest locations in the world. Gucci and Hermes each operate large flagship stores on Bloor Street. Other premium brands with stores in the area include Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tiffany & Co., and many more. The neighbourhood also has a Whole Foods Market for organic grocery shopping.

Things to Do

The Royal Ontario Museum is the largest museum in Canada. The ROM’s incredibly extensive collection includes ancient artifacts, global artworks, and natural history exhibits with dinosaurs. The Gardiner Museum has an impressive collection of ceramics spanning thousands of years of human civilisation. Other Yorkville cultural attractions include the Toronto Reference Library, which features five floors of books covering every topic imaginable.

The neighbourhood has many diverse art galleries. Highlights include contemporary and historic Canadian art at Canadian Fine Arts Gallery, 19 th - and 20 th -century artworks at Loch Gallery, and international modern and contemporary art at Mira Godard Gallery and Miriam Shiell Fine Art.

The Village of Yorkville Park is a relaxing neighbourhood greenspace with distinct areas recreating different aspects of Canada’s natural landscape. This vibrant neighbourhood offers many special events throughout the year. Highlights include elaborate ice sculptures at Bloor-Yorkville Icefest, glitzy fundraising gala Bloor Street Entertains, quirky Toronto Santa Speedo Run, and Yorkville Exotic Car Show. Yorkville is located at the centre of several transit lines with easy public transportation to other areas of Toronto.

Schools

  • The Rosedale Day School, Private, JK-8