Perhaps Toronto’s highest-profile neighbourhood, Yorkville is certainly its most luxurious. Yorkville is centered on Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Yonge Street and is flanked by pretty, narrow lanes reminiscent of a European urban district. The streets here are dotted with retail shops offering major international luxury brands such as Prada, Gucci and Chanel, boutique and luxury hotels as well as some of Toronto’s most famous restaurants, including Sassafrazz. Fortune Magazine recently named Yorkville the seventh most expensive shopping area in the world.
Yorkville was originally an independent village until it annexed by the city of Toronto. In the 1960s it was a hotbed of bohemian life and a common hangout for some of Canada’s artistic visionaries like Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Margaret Atwood. Into the 1970s and ‘80s, after the luxury department store Holt Renfrew moved in, Yorkville’s rent sky-rocketed, condos were built, and the boutiques started cropping up.
Today Yorkville is one of Toronto’s premier places to see and be seen and is also one of the city’s best celebrity-spotting grounds.
The Royal Ontario Museum, Canada’s largest museum with over 40 galleries, is located on the Southwestern corner of the neighbourhood, at Bloor Streey. and Avenue Road. It features an impressive collection of dinosaur bones, world and Canadian historical artifacts and hosts many impressive touring exhibitions every year.
You can get Yorkville news from Streeter online by neighbourhood or via the Central Toronto edition. Residents also receive the Central Toronto print edition of Streeter.