girl in heels, dress and hat crossing street pulling suitcase

Get to know the Yorkville neighbourhood

live together | 5 MIN READ | 2021-03-24

Living in Yorkville is kind of amazing. It's where you’ll find a collection of Toronto’s top shops, poshest hotels and finest restaurants, and even a fancy grocery store or two. You’ll also find some of the city’s most expensive real estate here, and with good reason.

The core of this affluent neighbourhood runs along Bloor Street and is connected by the North-South (Yonge-University) and East-West (Bloor) subway lines, making it perfect for commuting professionals. There are highly esteemed public and private schools right nearby making it a great choice for families, and the tree-lined streets off the main drag are charming and lovely, giving you a nice neighbourhoody feel without sacrificing all of the exceptional conveniences that make this area one of the most covetable.

With so much to see and do, we decided to create a Yorkville neighbourhood guide with all of our favourite spots - read on!

The centre of the city

Woman walking at an intersection

Yorkville’s perfect Walk and Transit Scores of 100% respectively means you can virtually walk or ride anywhere and everywhere! Add that to the fact that it's right in the centre of the city, and we'd say it's just about the perfect place to visit or live (whether you rent or buy).

Walk Score: 100%

Transit Score: 100%

Bike Score: 74% (some bike lanes)

Main streets and intersections

Map of Yorkville


Yonge Street 

Bay Street

Avenue Road


Bloor Street

Davenport Road (swings North)

Cumberland Avenue

Yorkville Avenue

Major landmarks

Fancy circular jewelry store

Image Credit:

The ROM 

Koerner Hall – next to UoT Music Conservatory

Holt Renfrew


Louis Vuitton


Reasons to love it 

Woman on balcony looking at the Toronto Skyline

Image Credit:

Oh, so many. You won’t want for much in this neighbourhood.

 • High-end shoppingHolt Renfrew, Chanel, Hérmes, Louis Vuitton, Harry Rosen, Tiffany & Co., Guerlain, Max Mara, 119 Corbo and Christian Louboutin 

Fine restaurantsCafé Boulud, STK Toronto, La Société, Trattoria Nervosa, Kasa Moto, Buca and Sofia

Brunch spotsFlo’s Diner, Wish, Calii Love and Holts Café 

Cute cafés/lunch spots – Café Moi, Lemon Lily Tea, Sassafraz, Pi Co. (Pizza) 

For the sweet toothDessert Lady Cafe, Summer’s Ice Cream and Carole’s Cheesecake Café 

Top hair salonsSolo Bace, Raffaello Salon and Axe & Hatchet Grooming Club

Local gyms – Equinox Yorkville, or check out the newly renovated gym at Minto Yorkville

MuseumsThe ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), Bata Shoe Museum and Gardiner Museum

UniversitiesUniversity of Toronto and Ryerson University aren’t far away

Grocery storesWhole Foods Market and Pusateri’s Fine Foods

BanksCIBC, Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank and TD Canada Trust

Great public and private schoolsJesse Ketchum Junior and Senior Public School, The Rosedale Day School, Blyth Academy, Upper Canada College and Branksome Hall are close by

Close to Hospital Row Mount Sinai Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

ParksBeautiful parks, Philosopher's Walk, Queen’s Park, close to Rosedale Ravine

Libraries – Fabulous Yorkville and Toronto Reference Libraries (did you know that Toronto is the most used library system in the world?) and architectural wonders

What's so-so

Bird's eye view of an intersection

Image Credit:

This area of the city can get pretty busy with so many retail shops, hotels and the ROM within a few blocks, especially during tourist season. Getting to major highways like the 401, DVP and the QEW can be tricky because of its central location, and traffic is inevitable. Pack your patience.

Live the life of...

Woman gives her dog a treat

The Joneses. The crowd is well-dressed and well-connected, and you’ll find them sipping rosé on sunny patios, walking their purebred dogs, shopping for the finer things or catching rays on the Canadian Shield rock transplanted in the centre of Yorkville Park along Cumberland Avenue. Don’t be surprised if you spot a celebrity either. 

Things to see and do

Large arched building

Image Credit:

Aside from shopping, eating and people-watching, the city is your oyster. Being centrally located means you can find things to do in every direction.

Catch a movie at Cineplex Cinemas Varsity and VIP in the Manulife Centre

Peruse the latest bestsellers at Indigo

Run a 5k race from Queen’s Park or visit Ontario’s Parliament Building (tours daily)

Jump on a bike from the BikeShare located at Bay and Bloor and head along Rosedale Valley Road to Evergreen Brick Works

Head north up Avenue Road to the 401 then the 400 and spend the weekend in cottage country

Take the subway south on the Yonge-University line to Union Station and walk to the waterfront. Pack a picnic and take the ferry to Centre Island!

Roam the University of Toronto Downtown campus designed after Oxford University