One of Toronto's most upscale neighbourhoods, Yorkville is synonymous with the luxe life. From Bloor to Davenport and Yonge to Avenue Rd., the neighbourhood has taken on the nickname "The Mink Mile." (Photo credit: Sonia Bell)
Living in Yorkville is an utterly convenient option, with everything at your disposal. In the heart of the city, it's easy to access all of Toronto – especially since both the Bloor/Danforth line and the Yonge/University subway line service residents. The area is very well maintained and, with a big park in the centre, provides a lovely setting in a bustling busy centre.
Elegance and style are key. Restaurants and stores cater to wealth and meet the demand for luxury brands. It's in the heart of the city and a very active community, where the line between business and social is blurred.
Yorkville is a mix of ages. There is a huge population of residents who have been there for decades and also an influx of downsizes moving into new condos. There are young professionals, fashionistas, entrepreneurs and upscale designers and artists – and often a celebrity sighting or two!
If you're on a budget you can hunt out a bargain, but the neighbourhood just doesn't cater to the budget-conscious consumer. Über-luxury brands like Louis Vuiton, Prada and Tiffany & Co. as well as spas, salons and other services cater to a demanding group that values results over expense. The area is also extremely busy as it's a popular destination for shoppers, tourists and hopefuls.
The area is bound by main arteries and has an express bus that arrives from mid-town on Avenue Rd. The Subway is a focal point of transit though there are other bus routes along the northern boundary.
At the heart of the city, Yorkville is on the subways line, with Yonge Station at its east boundary , Bay in the Middle and University on its west boundary. The Metro Reference Library, major hotels, and the Royal Ontario Museum as well as the Manulife Centre and U of T's Varsity Stadium, are all part of this community.
There is a lot of traffic in this neighbourhood - a lot to do with its location as well as its popularity. Street parking is tricky as cars are quickly towed during rush hour and parking lots can be quite pricey. Further complicating things for drivers, the one-way streets and no-left-turns makes it hard to navigate the community for those who don't have familiarity with the area.
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One restaurant, located in the snazzy Hazelton Hotel, is a hot spot for residents and celebrities alike. Be prepared to spend big bucks – dinner for two can range from $200-$250.more info
This is the perfect place for those looking for some R&R. The park consists of gardens, benches, an eating area, and "The Rock," a 650 tonne granite rock that was taken from Canada's glacial shield.more info
Zaza Espresso Bar is a laid-back Italian cafe known for serving some of the best coffee and treats in the neighbourhood. The open store front makes it a huge draw for residents and tourists.more info
Sassafraz, located in a quaint yellow house on the corner of Bellair and Cumberland , is one of the many iconic restaurants in Yorkville. The menu offers a great variety of french-inspired cuisine at a reasonable price.more info
Caffeine lovers gravitate toward this funky coffee shop due to its relaxing atmosphere, modern decor and unique selection of coffee. Coffee makers are also available for purchase.more info
The Italian restaurant is well-known for its friendly staff and delicious food. Be sure to make a reservation as this hot spot fills up fast!more info