Get to know the Yorkville neighbourhood
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
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
• Yonge Street
• Bay Street
• Avenue Road
• Bloor Street
• Davenport Road (swings North)
• Cumberland Avenue
• Yorkville Avenue
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• The ROM
• Koerner Hall – next to UoT Music Conservatory
Reasons to love it
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Oh, so many. You won’t want for much in this neighbourhood.
• Grocery stores – Whole Foods Market and Pusateri’s Fine Foods
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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...
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
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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.
• Peruse the latest bestsellers at Indigo
• 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