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Top Things to Do in Toronto’s Yorkville Neighborhood

One of Canada’s most sought-after enclaves, Yorkville charms with its blend of modern and Victorian architecture, designers labels and luxury boutiques, and city views and natural escapes. Yorkville was once a hippie haven in the 1960’s. It is now acclaimed as Toronto’s most cosmopolitan neighbourhood.

Here are top things you could do in Yorkville to fully enjoy what Yorkville has to offer.​

Shopping is a major part of experience in Yorkville. Its many specialty stores selling luxury items, accessories, perfumes and cosmetics attract tourists, as well as Torontonians from all over the city. Bloor Street in the Yorkville area is hailed as the ‘Mink Mile’, known as the most expensive retail strip in Canada.

The Holt Renfrew store on Bloor is the luxury retailer’s flagship and largest store with four floors and boutiques. Many flagships of other companies are located here as well including Harry Rosen, Town Shoes, Lacoste, Gucci, Coach, and Chanel. Luxury car companies include Ferrari, Maserati, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

No visit to Toronto is complete without a thorough exploration Yorkville’s finest eateries. Sassafraz Restaurant has been serving customers for over 20 years with a menu featuring unique international flavors and blends. Brothers Food & Wine, a 30-seated restaurant, sits directly atop Bay subway station. An a la carte menu changes daily depending on the seasonal ingredients.

Kasa Moto is a two-story Japanese restaurant and lounge. Its standout features are a sprawling rooftop terrace, wood ceilings, and lush indoor topiary. Enjoy contemporary Italian cuisine and wine bar in Blu Ristorante, voted as a romantic destination of choice. Morton’s Steakhouse is widely regarded as the top steak restaurant and fine dining experience in Toronto. Whether you’re in the mood for local or international dishes, you’ll find them here.

Living in Yorkville appeals with domestic home buyers because of condominium apartment buildings, commercial office towers, hotels, theatres, restaurants, and Victorian houses within the neighbourhood. Practically everything is at your fingertips when investing on a unit at Yorkville. Yorkville Real Estate has favorable demographics and unprecedented level of investment. There were additional 1,282 units to the Yorkville area from 2011 to 2016. 

If you’re only here for a short visit, you may want to experience elegant hotel rooms, award-winning hospitality, fine dining, and more by staying in luxurious hotels including InterContinental, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Hazelton Hotel, Windsor Arms Hotel, Residence on Bay, or Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel.

Every February, explore a magical wonderland of stunning ice sculptures and ice carving displays in the Village of Yorkville Park during the Bloor-Yorkville Icefest, the annual celebration of winter. On November, celebrate the season at Holiday Magic in Toronto and see the Bloor-Yorkville neighborhood transformed into a holiday wonderland.

To witness rarely seen beautiful vehicles all in one location, experience Yorkville Exotic Car Show. Walk along the red carpet on Bloor St. to get close with some of the best examples of automotive design from manufacturers like Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, Acura and others.

Yorkville also hosts charitable events. Donate to Bloor Street Entertains, Canada’s largest fundraising gala and after party in support of Canadian HIV and AIDS research. You can run for a cause during the Toronto’s Santa Speedo Run.

Yorkville is a must-see location in Toronto. Whether you are coming to shop or dine, or simply to join the events, it is worth a visit.