Yorkville offers a huge variety of unique and quaint shops, cafes and restaurants, art galleries and more, many of them housed in repurposed Victorian homes and buildings. You can have a lot of fun exploring this unique Toronto neighbourhood.
The Village of Yorkville had its origins as a residential neighborhood of Victorian style homes and pleasant gardens. During the 1960's, Yorkville became the centre of bohemian culture in Toronto spawning some of Canada's well known musicians such as Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell.
With the opening of the Bloor-Danforth subway, land values rose and higher density development moved into the area. Office towers and the Bay and Holt Renfrew department stores established themselves on Bloor Street. As real estate values continued to rise, many of the residences north of Bloor Street were transformed into exclusive retailers including fashion boutiques, antique shops and numerous art galleries. Others became cafes, restaurants and bars. Many buildings where replaced with upscale condomium apartments.
The subway station at Yonge and Bloor is the busiest in the system, bringing many customers and visitors into this district every day. Today this area has many of the Toronto's most exclusive retail stores lining its streets including flagship stores for many elite chains. Just a few blocks south you will find two other popular attractions; the Royal Ontario Museum and Queens Park and the Ontario Legislative Building.
|TTC Subway Line
|Yonge-University-Spadina or Bloor-Danforth
How to get to Yorkville by TTC Subway
From Bay Station puts you right in the centre of Yorkville. You can go left (north) on Belair St. to get to Cumberland Street and Yorkville Ave or right (south) to walk to Bloor St. W.
From Bloor-Yonge Station exit and walk west along Bloor Street to Yonge Street. Yorkville comprises the the area straight ahead (west) along Bloor Street from Yonge Street to Avenue Road as well as the same stretch along Cumberland Street and along Yorkville Avenue which both run parallel to Bloor Street one and two blocks north.
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