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Yorkville | Neighbourhood Spotlight
Dated: May 11 2022
As part of our latest blog series, #AgentInsider, each month we spotlight neighbourhoods we know and love throughout Ontario. Learn about the hidden gems, favourite shops, the best dining options, fun factoids and more.
This month we head into Yorkville and tour the area with Bosley REALTORS® James In the City & Meggie Guest. They not only serve the Yorkville area, but have a finger on the pulse of all things new and exciting in the village. Yorkville is a destination dripping in designer stores and fashion boutiques and a hotspot for locals and tourists (not to mention the food in this area is exceptional!) Though this shopping mecca is known for an endless assortment of big brands, you would be surprised to learn that this destination also presents some of the finest independent boutiques and food purveyors in the city. James and Meggie share their top favourites that are locally known and loved.
Welcome to Yorkville - Toronto's most glamorous neighbourhood! If you’re looking to shop at luxury designer stores and dine in fine restaurants, Yorkville is the place to be. What was once referred to as the “hippie haven” in the 1960s, has now evolved into the lavish neighbourhood that we’ve come to adore. The area was named after the Town of York and was incorporated as a Village in 1853.
DINE IN YORKVILLE
Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West
A little slice of Italy, right here in the middle of Toronto. Eataly is an absolute must-visit when you’re in the Yorkville area. This is a pasta (and wine lovers) dream and is located in the Manulife Centre. With its multi-level layout, you’re guaranteed to find the best freshly made pasta, pizza, and Italian pastries, all made in-house. They also offer unique cooking classes where you can learn to make your own homemade pasta… talk about a great date night idea! Dine-in at one of their many restaurants or purchase fresh grab-and-go pasta and enjoy an Italian dinner at home - either way, you won't regret the experience.
55 Avenue Road
Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Head to ZaZa Espresso Bar for the most authentic Italian espresso, and grab some delicious gelato while you’re there! Located on Avenue Road, this quaint cafe has sweets, treats, and great eats! They offer a wide selection of dairy and dairy-free gelato with flavours such as peach, pistachio, and amaretto (an Italian classic)
David Rocco Bar Aperitivo
96 Cumberland Street
Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a sit-down dinner, David Rocco Bar Aperitivo is the perfect spot. David Rocco has built a name for himself as a Canadian author, cook, and host of several internationally syndicated television series. He is most known for producing and hosting David Rocco's Dolce Vita, and publishing many well loved cookbooks. Now with a hit restaurant to boot, you can enjoy his many Italian dishes in style. Enjoy tapas style plates to share with friends or even order a meal to go - we recommend the crostini! They also offer private bookings so keep them in mind for your next celebration or staff event.
SHOP IN YORKVILLE
130 Cumberland Street
It’s time to level up your eyewear! Located in the heart of Yorkville, Holly Eyewear is the leading eyewear boutique where fashion meets passion. With hundreds of options for men and women, they offer sleek prescription frames, and designer sunglasses and even repair services. With sought after brands such as Balenciaga, Balmain, Gucci, and Fendi, shopping at Holly Eyewear is a luxury experience from start to finish. You’re guaranteed to leave with the designer glasses you’ve been eyeing!
184 Davenport Road
Specializing in luxurious evening wear, Narces is a womenswear line inspired by 20th-century pieces, but with a modern twist. Creative Director and designer Nikki Yasemi is the mastermind behind the designs and puts her creativity into each piece. If you need a custom gown for an event, this is the place to go! With their unique craftsmanship and expertise, Narces will walk you through their custom process and design the dress of your dreams!
55 Avenue Road
Located in Yorkville Village (formerly Hazelton Lanes), Sentaler is a luxury outerwear brand committed to timeless design with superior quality and adored by many celebrities. Designer Bojana Sentaler moved to Toronto at the age of eight and has had a passion for fashion and design ever since. Her pieces are classic, elegant, and ethically sourced. Sourced from the high altitudes of the Andes Mountains, Sentaler uses the finest selection of Peruvian alpaca fibres in its collections - raised and cared for by local Peruvian families. Sentaler is especially proud to use such ethically sourced, sustainable, and cruelty-free fabric in its collections. Offering both men's and womenswear, we highly suggest you check out their most recent collection for fashion inspiration and pieces to elevate your wardrobe.
24 Bellair Street, Upper Level #7
Quattro doesn’t just sell suits, they make and measure suits to perfection. Founded by two entrepreneurs who have been in the fashion industry for over 24 years, Quattro offers high-quality menswear clothing with a European flair. They house coveted collections from Europe including Corneliani, Corneliani ID, Oscar of Sweden, Lardini, Z Zegna, Alessio Fenzi and many more. They strive to create and portray looks that are tailored to you. In addition to their custom collection pieces, they offer a wide range of ready-to-wear suits for your convenience. You won’t regret checking out this unique shopping experience!
Glow Medi Spa
129 Yorkville Avenue, 4th Floor
In need of a self-care day after a long, stressful week? Hop over to the Glo Medi Spa and Dr. Diane Wong and her team will take care of you. With a wide range of services and top-of-the-line equipment, you are sure to leave the spa feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Book your appointment easily online and enjoy the luxurious experiences that Glo Medi has to offer.
118 Cumberland Street
Originating in the UK, Watchfinder has established itself as the premier resource from which to buy and sell premium pre-owned watches. Thousands of watches are available from more than 50 brands, including Rolex, Omega, and TAG Heuer, at their boutique store in Yorkville. Get access to elegant, timeless pre-owned and certified watches guaranteed to be authentic. Browse through their assortment of complementary items, from straps and bands to watch winders. Augment your acquisition with their extensive array of chronographs, vintage watches, diving watches, sports watches, bezels, dials and pens. They are also open to trading, direct selling, and consignment. Whatever the occasion or circumstance, they can take care of your needs.
PLAY IN YORKVILLE
55 Avenue Road
If you’re an avid gym-goer and looking for an elevated, spa-like experience, Equinox is for you! Located in Yorkville Village, Equinox is not your typical gym, but a fitness oasis. Becoming a member will give you access to unlimited classes, personal training, and all the exceptional amenities Equinox has to offer.
1020 Yonge Street & Ramsden Park Road
Take a break from the concrete of the city and explore the greenery at Ramsden Park. With over 13.7 acres, this park has recently come off a $7.1 million (and counting) revitalization plan where pathways, walkways, trails, and facilities were improved. The park is one of the largest in Toronto and is an excellent spot to visit on a sunny afternoon.
Village of Yorkville Park
115 Cumberland Street
Planted in the center of Yorkville is the Village of Yorkville Park. The park is well known and loved by locals and is a great space for visitors as well. Prior to the 1990s, this space was a parking lot until The City Of Toronto agreed to turn it into a lovely green park in 1991. Since then, this urban space has been the home to many cultural events and is surrounded by countless upscale shops and restaurants.
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
100 Queens Park
We would be remiss not to mention the ROM as one of Yorkville's wonderful treasures. What better way to spend your afternoon than exploring The Royal Ontario Museum! The ROM opened its doors to the public in 1914 and has been open ever since. One of the largest museums in North America, the Rom is constantly showcasing new and exciting exhibits. Coming Soon: June 11 to January 2, 2023 is their highly anticipated exhibit Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature, where they explore magical creatures of the wizarding world mixed with animals from our natural world. Run, don't walk, to the ROM to check it out!
It’s no secret that Yorkville is home to many upscale shops and fantastic restaurants…and we’ve only skimmed the surface! If you want to experience all that Yorkville has to offer and are looking to relocate to this area, we would love to help! Contact James Milonas or Meggie Guest at Bosley Real Estate today!
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