Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Gucci and Herms. Whether youre browsing or buying

Shopping in Bloor-Yorkville: High-End Fashion and Boutiques

It wont take you long to realize why Bloor-Yorkville (link) is known as Torontos Fifth Avenue. From designer boutiques carrying the latest fashions, to high-end galleries and antique shops, Bloor-Yorkville is a must-shop for those with sophisticated tastes and deep pockets. Check out our sample itinerary for a day spent exploring Torontos most upscale shopping district.

Begin your morning by exploring the many designer shops and boutiques lining Bloor Street. Starting at the intersection of Bloor and Avenue (closest subway stop: St. George Station), head east toward Yonge Street. This stretch of Bloor Street is known as the Mink Mile due to its concentration of high-end designers like Tiffany, Chanel, Gucci and Herms. Whether youre browsing or buying, youll feel like the crme de la crme as you admire the endless selection of luxury goods.

Make your way over to theHolt Renfrew Centre, home to high-end department store Holt Renfrews flagship location. With four floors of retail space (including brands like Giorgio Armani, DG, Hugo Boss and Louis Vuitton), a salon, spa, restaurant and caf, Yorkvilles Holt Renfrew can be compared to Saks Fifth Avenue in New York or Harrods in London. Explore at your leisure, then check out the Centres many other retailers including Aritzia, M for Mendocino and Zara.

A morning spent shopping works up an appetite. There are many options for lunch from the ultra-sophisticated to the more reasonably priced. Check out Sassafraz (famous for its celebrity sightings) for classy fare in an urban chic setting. Or opt for a cozy pub experience at the Duke of York.

After lunch, take a stroll around Yorkville and Cumberland Avenue. Quieter than Bloor Street, these blocks boast a selection of smaller boutiques like Betsey Johnson, Kimina Fashion and Jeanne Lotte. TheYorkville VillageShopping Centre offers even more in the way of unique fashion and lifestyle brands some of which are exclusive to Toronto.

Bloor-Yorkville may be known primarily for its shopping, but its also a hotspot for fine art galleries. More than 40 art dealers and galleries can be found in the neighbourhood, carrying everything from the classic to the modern. Head toLiss Galleryto browse contemporary paintings, photography, sculptures, and limited edition prints. Or check outMayberry Fine Artfor paintings by the Canadian Group of Seven and leading artists from across the country. Whether youre a collector or simply an admirer, youll love exploring Yorkvilles artistic side.

Art galleries tend to close between around 6 p.m. just in time for dinner. For a delicious meal paired with an unbeatable view of the city, take the elevator up 51 floors to The One Eighty at the Manulife Centre. Boasting the highest patio in Canada, The One Eighty has a menu to rival its scenery, combining tapas-style appetizers with seasonal mains and desserts. If you prefer to stick to the ground, check outCibo Wine Barinstead.

After a day of fine dining and high-end shopping, theres nothing better than a night of rest and relaxation at one of Yorkvillesluxury hotelssuch as theFour Seasons, thePark Hyatt, theInterContinentalor theMarriott.

Shopping in Bloor-Yorkville is an experience like no other. Regardless of how many shopping bags you leave with, youre sure to leave with great memories.

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