Once an enclave for the Bohemian and hippie crowds, historic Yorkville is now known for its tony mix of boutiques, galleries and restaurants.
BY CARA SMUSIAK
1 For three decades, Il Posto has served up classic fine Italian fare in a traditional dining room. Buffalo mozzarella with vine ripened tomatoes, spinach and ricotta ravioli in a butter and sage sauce and roasted Chilean sea bass with an herbed crust are among the delectable offerings you’ll want to sample. 148 Yorkville Ave., 416-968-0469; ilposto.ca
2 Find original paintings, photography, sculptures and limited edition prints by Canadian and international artists at Liss Gallery. Established and up-and-coming artists are represented here, including Harry Benson, Greta Gibney, Mick Fleetwood, Ronnie Wood and Rachel Isadora. 140 Yorkville Ave., 416-787-9872; lissgallery.com
3 A luxurious oasis, The Spa at The Hazelton boasts a full menu of soothing and de-stressing options. Facial and body treatments feature Swiss line Valmont, and the Just for Him menu includes massages, facials, back treatment, sports manicures and pedicures. 118 Yorkville Ave., 416-963-6307; thehazeltonhotel.com/spa
4 A jewel in Yorkville’s crown, Bandiera is known for its luxe, modern pieces made with old-world craftsmanship. Alongside their own designs, find fine jewellery and timepieces from Bulgari, Chanel, Pomellato, Movado, Breitling and Graham of London. 123 Yorkville Ave., 416-642-8806; bandierajewellers.com
5 Ladies seeking high fashion will want to visit 119 Corbo. The curated, original selection includes such top European labels as Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney, Céline and Dries Van Noten. 119 Yorkville Ave., 416-928-0954; 119corbo.com
6 With a 1920s barber’s chair in the front window and handmade barn wood and cast iron accents thoughout, Axe & Hatchet Grooming Club is a modern, masculine spot to get a cut, colour, straight razor shave or beard grooming. 101 Yorkville Ave., 416-901-3634; axeandhatchet.com
7 A denim mecca, Over the Rainbow is the largest jeans store in Canada, with more than 250 styles from 30-plus brands—including Citizens of Humanity, 7 For All Mankind and Denham—as well as tops, accessories and outerwear. The in-house alterations department ensures a perfect fit. 101 Yorkville Ave., 416-967-7448; rainbowjeans.com
8 The flagship location of home and garden lifestyle store Teatro Verde features a yellow-brick neo-classic façade that was once part of Mount Sinai Hospital. Designers Shawn Gibson and Micheal Pellegrino offer an eclectic mix of goods that reflect global style, as well as pretty floral arrangements. 98 Yorkville Ave., 416-966-2227; teatroverde.com
9 A transformed heritage building is home to the flagship store of womenswear label Pink Tartan, helmed by Kimberley Newport-Mimran, who is known for reinventing classic silhouettes. Find sophisticated shirts, pants, skirts and dresses. 77 Yorkville Ave., 416-967-7700; pinktartan.com
10 Right at home in the stylish, upmarket neighbourhood, Anthropologie offers an artful mix of feminine clothing, shoes, accessories, housewares and decor in a two-storey rustic-chic shop. 78 Yorkville Ave., 416-964-9700; anthropologie.com
11 The Cashmere Shop is known for exquisite knitwear, including sumptuous throws, curve-hugging leggings, luxurious sweaters and a range of accessories made with Mongolian cashmere. 24 Bellair St., 416-925-0831; thecashmereshop.com
12 A taste of Paris in the heart of Yorkville, Jacques Bistro du Parc serves lunch and dinner at their second-floor dining room that overlooks Cumberland Street and the Village of Yorkville Park. Expect classic French cuisine, such as escargot, house-made pâté, omelettes and roasted rack of lamb. 126A Cumberland St., 416-961-1893; jacquesbistro.com
GET THERE! Yorkville is located along the city’s major east-west subway line, sandwiched between two transfer stations. Take the TTC’s Bloor-Danforth subway to Bay Station and exit onto Bay, Cumberland or Bellair streets and you’ll be right in the heart of the ritzy ‘hood.