Morning: Bloor Street and Holt Renfrew
Begin your morning by exploring the many designer shops and boutiques lining Bloor Street. Starting at the intersection of Bloor and Avenue (closest subway stop: St. George Station), head east toward Yonge Street. This stretch of Bloor Street is known as the “Mink Mile” due to its concentration of high-end designers like Tiffany, Chanel, Gucci and Hermès. Whether you’re browsing or buying, you’ll feel like the crème de la crème as you admire the endless selection of luxury goods.Make your way over to the Holt Renfrew Centre, home to high-end department store Holt Renfrew’s flagship location. With four floors of retail space (including brands like Giorgio Armani, D&G, Hugo Boss and Louis Vuitton), a salon, spa, restaurant and café, Yorkville’s Holt Renfrew can be compared to Saks Fifth Avenue in New York or Harrods in London. Explore at your leisure, then check out the Centre’s many other retailers including Aritzia, M for Mendocino and Zara.
Afternoon: Yorkville Avenue & Yorkville VillageA morning spent shopping works up an appetite. There are many options for lunch from the ultra-sophisticated to the more reasonably priced. Check out Sassafraz (famous for its celebrity sightings) for classy fare in an urban chic setting. Or opt for a cozy pub experience at the Duke of York. After lunch, take a stroll around Yorkville and Cumberland Avenue. Quieter than Bloor Street, these blocks boast a selection of smaller boutiques like Pink Tartan and Kimina Fashion. The Yorkville Village Shopping Centre offers even more in the way of unique fashion and lifestyle brands – some of which are exclusive to Toronto.
Evening: Gallery Viewing and DinnerBloor-Yorkville may be known primarily for its shopping, but it’s also a hotspot for fine art galleries. More than 40 art dealers and galleries can be found in the neighbourhood, carrying everything from the classic to the modern. Head to Liss Gallery to browse contemporary paintings, photography, sculptures, and limited edition prints. Or check out Mayberry Fine Art for paintings by the Canadian Group of Seven and leading artists from across the country. Whether you’re a collector or simply an admirer, you’ll love exploring Yorkville’s artistic side. Art galleries tend to close between around 6 p.m. – just in time for dinner. For a delicious meal paired with an unbeatable view of the city, take the elevator up 51 floors to The One Eighty at the Manulife Centre. Boasting the highest patio in Canada, The One Eighty has a menu to rival its scenery, combining tapas-style appetizers with seasonal mains and desserts. If you prefer to stick to the ground, check out Cibo Wine Bar instead.
After a day of dining and high-end shopping, there’s nothing better than a night of rest and relaxation at one of Yorkville’s luxury hotels such as the Four Seasons, the Park Hyatt, the InterContinental. Shopping in Bloor-Yorkville is an experience like no other. Regardless of how many shopping bags you leave with, you’re sure to leave with great memories.