In the 1960s, Bloor-Yorkville was Toronto’s bohemian hot spot, with the area’s Victorian homes turned into cafes frequented by hippies and folk singers. In fact, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell got their start here. But today, the area is renowned for high-end shopping, pricey fine dining options and exclusive condos.
See & Do
Shopping is the main draw in Bloor-Yorkville. But as you're strolling by the stores, you'll notice a number of small, interesting art galleries specializing in local artists or sculptures. The area is also home to dinosaur fossils and ancient artifacts at the Royal Ontario Museum, and the world's largest collection of shoes throughout history, at the Bata Shoe Museum.
This area is a hot spot for the rich, fashionable and sometimes - especially during the Toronto International Film Festival - the famous. That makes the neighbourhood's restaurants and patios popular with people-watchers. While Toronto's dining scene changes frequently, Bloor-Yorkville is home to several restaurants that have stood the test of time. For expensive but exquisite seafood, try Joso's. Or get a hearty and thrifty meal at the Coffee Mill, serving Eastern European classics for 40 years.
In contrast to the big, boisterous clubs of Toronto's entertainment district further south, Bloor-Yorkville's vibe is more laid-back lounge. Whether you're a high-roller or simply looking for a hideaway, you'll find something here. The Roof Lounge at the Park Hyatt hotel has been a favorite for decades thanks to its cocktails and city views. Or check out the always-open 7 West which attracts students, daters and night owls for casual meals or just a martini.
If you're looking for accommodations that offer great service, amenities that include plush bedding and spa treatments, as well as proximity to world-class shopping, the hotels of Bloor-Yorkville are for you. All this convenience comes at a price, and this neighbourhood's accommodations are some of the priciest in Toronto. But the area is home to reliable chains including Marriott and InterContinental, as well as luxury boutique hotels like the Hazelton.
Bloor-Yorkville is a shopper's paradise. For both men's and women's clothing, the selection of both small boutique shops and international name brands is unrivalled in any other Toronto neighbourhood. Here you'll find the latest in haute couture from Europe, as well as more accessible fashions from Coach, Prada and H&M. Check out Hazelton Lanes, an indoor shopping centre where the well-heeled shop. Or for an array of amazing prepared foods and groceries, visit Pusateri's.