Yorkville is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto. With its lively vibe and friendly residents, it’s no wonder locals and tourists alike flock to this neighbourhood every weekend.
Some may think of Yorkville as a shopping destination, but it’s actually a fantastic neighbourhood to call home. With some of the best restaurants in the city located here, there will never be a shortage of things to do.
Best Places to Eat and Drink in Yorkville
If you’re looking for a reservation that’s sure to impress, Alobar would be our top pick. Tucked along a pathway in near the Hazelton Hotel, it puts its foot forward as a cocktail bar, but is in fact a full-fledged restaurant. This location serves classic cocktails in an uber-chic setting – start the night off with an artic-cold martini or a cocktail original to the restaurant. Our favorite martini compliment has to be a selection from the raw bar. It’s not a bad spot for people watching either.
If you’re looking for the perfect spot for lunch Café Nervosa must be at the top of your list. In the summer the patio is the place to be. Sip on our pick for best drink, an Aperol Spritz and order the Capellini and a Pizza to share. If there’s room, the house-made cannoli is never a bad idea.
If you’ve got casual drinks on your mind, Hemmingway’s has been a staple of the neighbourhood for years. The pub vibe and casual atmosphere make this a destination for anyone looking to catch the rugby match on a Saturday afternoon or simply enjoy the prime location for people watching over a cold pint on their patio.
Best Places to Shop in Yorkville
Living in Yorkville can be dangerous on the bank account, as many of the best shops and boutiques are located here. The Holt Renfrew Men’s location is a mecca for anything your closet may be missing, including designer shoes, jeans, suits and even luggage.
If you’re in the market for the latest denim trends, Over the Rainbow will always be your first stop. Their staff is knowledgeable in every fit in the store and can help you select the best pair for your body type.
Walking down Bloor Street in Yorkville you’ll find everything you little heart desires and your wallet fears. Stores like Canadian staple The Bay can be found on the East end of the neighbourhood, while big brand store such as Sephora, Club Monaco, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Tiffany’s fall in line one after the other, serving up a full afternoon of spending.
Best Places to Workout
There is no shortage of places to get your fitness on in Yorkville, but if you’re looking to really get a soaking sweat on, Soul Cycle is it. First-timers don’t be shy because the staff couldn’t be nicer – they’ll help you set up your bike and tell you not to worry if you can’t get that tap-back right on the first try. Book a class with Liv for the best jams.
If you’re looking to get in on the action of see-and-be-seen as you work out, Equinox is your destination. They’ve got countless classes to tone every part of your body and if you need a little more attention, get yourself a personal trainer to help meet your goals. This spacious, glam club really does have it all.
Yorkville isn’t just about the shopping. It has a great community of residents who really care about their neighbourhood and enjoy the walkability of it all. Grocery is a short walk away with Whole Foods on Avenue Road, and you’ll find dry cleaners, doctors and anything else you need around any corner.
If you’re looking to live in one of the poshest neighbourhoods in Toronto, there are plenty of options outside of the multi-million dollar detached homes. New condo developments, resale units and semis needing some TLC are all on the market currently, and more should be popping up as we get into the prime selling season. Just imagine you and your family calling this incredible neighbourhood home.