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Yorkville is one of Toronto’s most luxurious and recognizable neighbourhoods. Long ago it was home to the city artist population, it’s since transformed into the luxury shopping destination that we know today.

Yes, there is a lot of shopping in Yorkville. A lot. Flagship designer boutiques line Bloor Street between Yonge Street and Avenue Road, including storefronts belonging to Gucci, Tiffany’s, Cartier and Mont Blanc.

There must be more to Yorkville than designer shopping though, right? We took a look at our top five favorite ways to spend time in Yorkville, that don’t involve shopping.


5. Gallery Hop

Yorkville has several independent art galleries just waiting to be explored, including the Hazelton Fine Art Gallery, LUMAS Toronto, and the Canadian Fine Arts Gallery. Once a haven for Toronto artists, the chic Yorkville neighbourhood now is a home for some of their best work.


4. Have a Spa Day

Even with Stillwater temporarily closed during the renovation of the Park Hyatt, Yorkville nevertheless has some of the BEST spas in the city to find a moment for yourself. Both the spas at The Hazelton Hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel come to mind – but if you’re not into the hotel thing, check out Pure+Simple on Cumberland for a truly relaxing experience.


3. Have a bite

Have you had a bite to eat in Yorkville lately? It’s still home to some of Toronto’s favourite restuarants like Sasafraz, Cafe Nurvosa and Cibo Wine Bar. It’s also home to some savoury newcommers to the area like Alobar and Bucca! If you’re not hungry yet, take a stroll through the neighbourhood around lunch or dinner time.


2. Hit the Gym

Let’s face it, you’ve been going out to eat in Yorkville a fair bit, and you’ve been spending a lot of time at the spa just sitting around… If you’re obsessed with the gym and love breaking a sweat – quite frankly, I don’t think we can be friends. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a great workout in Yorkville though! The neighbourhood has some prominent fitness solutions, most notably the Yorkville Club at Hazleton Lanes.


1. Spend a Day at a Musium

Not THE Museum – Any Museum! There is more than one within the realm of Yorkville. The most obvious being the Royal Ontario Museum right at Avenue Road and Bloor Street. There’s also the Gardiner Museum right across the street and the Bata Shoe Museum right down the street, if you’re looking for something a little different.