Where historic charm meets vibrant modern design, Yorkville is home to over 700 world-class designer boutiques, restaurants, hotels and galleries – an intersection of the very best Toronto has to offer in fashion, food, wellness and culture.

By Chris Metler

A GOOD HAIR DAY


Striving to provide the ultimate salon experience via a consultative approach to hair design, Anthony Passero Salon’s knowledgeable and professional team combines creative and on-trend expertise to ensure you depart the
bright modern premises feeling empowered to recreate their look at home. Likewise, Tony Pham’s conceptual lifestyle boutique studio, Lac + Co, a Yorkville favourite that’s widely recognized as a Toronto “it” salon, continues to offer standout styling, cutting and colouring services. And there’s a whole gamut of gift items, such as candles, spa products and sunglasses.

NEW STANDARDS IN URBAN APPAREL


Having evolved from Californian surf and skate culture to encompass elements of sportswear, hip-hop, punk, Japanese street fashion and even haute couture, streetwear is having its moment. Few outlets in Toronto do it better than CNTRBND and O -White. Through its minimalist aesthetic, one-on-one customer service and ultra-exclusive brand matrix, the former embodies the intersection of higher-end fashion houses and difficult-to-acquire niche brands. At the latter, designer Virgil Abloh’s ready- to-wear collections fuse provocative printed T-shirts with athletic hoodies, oversized flannel shirts and the like to reflect luxury as it is lived today.

KIMPTON’S SIGNITURE APPROACH TO HOSPITALITY


The Kimpton Saint George Hotel, situated at the edge of Yorkville and the Annex, blends a vintage feel with a chic, upscale vibe. Clever design details, architectural flourishes and a welcome dose of local character afford this auberge its unique personality, while design-forward craftsmanship with comfort in mind best describes its suites. The benefits of bespoke on-site amenities are not to be taken for granted. In-room yoga mats, spa services, custom PUBLIC cruiser bikes for riding around town and nightly hosted wine hours are highlights.

SERENITY & ELEGANCE


Immerse yourself in a sanctuary of tranquility at the Spa by Valmont. Its discreet setting in The Hazelton and personalized treatments emphasize relaxation and wellness. On one hand, you’ll have access to exceptional fitness
facilities, a steam room and an indoor saltwater pool. On the other, you’ll receive pampered attention from start to finish, plus your pick of the nest facial treatments, luxurious body therapies and massages intended to release stress and toxins. The results can be instantly seen — and felt.

HERMÈS’ NEW FLAGSHIP


The swanky new Hermès flagship presents a full transformation of the French high-fashion house’s presence in Toronto. On the ground floor, the silk universe, jewellery area and a full range of fragrances have pride of place. A winding oval staircase — white marble and cherry wood with a leather handrail —transports you to the upper level. Here, alongside an inventory of women’s and leather goods, you’ll arrive at the home universe, which introduces furniture, lighting, wallpapers and textiles to the store, and city, for the first time. Ooh la la.

ALO’S SNAZZY SISTER SPOT


Chef Patrick Kriss has branched out with a more approachable version of Alo, his Queen West hotspot. Alobar maintains the Michelin-level quality — crudos, seasonal sides and classic pasta, sh and meat dishes, oh my! — while putting its foot forward as an intimate cocktail haunt as well. Order the Pop Gun, a riff on the Whisky Sour. Likewise, sample the Glass Onion, constructed with Tanqueray gin, Cocchi Americano, kümmel liqueur and celery. While you’re at it, keep your eyes peeled for another addition to the Alo family. Alo Salon next door will be dedicated to private soirees. Think stylish sit-down dinners and ritzy canapé receptions.

ELEVATED EATS


Boasting a café, patisserie, on-site butcher, carving and sandwich stations, hot and cold tables, sushi bar, fresh produce and much more, the thoughtfully constructed McEwan Yonge & Bloor caters to the most expensive tastes of Yorkville residents and visitors alike. Indulge in house-made recipes by chef Mark McEwan and take home inspiring goods. Eataly Toronto is also on the way for the gourmet grub and grocery group. Spanning 50,000 square feet across three storeys, the Italian marketplace’s debut Canadian outpost promises to merge on- the-go snacks and savoury meals with live cooking demonstrations and classes, as well as complimentary tastings.

DELICIOUS, SOPHISTICATED & WORRY-FREE


At the base of the former Four Seasons Hotel, Sorelle and Co.’s sumptuous selection of gluten-, soy-, nut- and preservative-free foods is every bit as refined as the palatial expanse they’re served in, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, gilded chandeliers and classic oral arrangements. There’s something for everyone on the menu, especially if you favour sweets. If you’re looking to de-stress, a high tea service offered throughout the week invites you to nibble on a colourful assortment of mini scones, brownies, French macarons, cupcakes, crinkle cookies and donuts.