The site of Toronto’s famous 1960s bohemian scene is now a hip district home to some of Canada’s most exclusive shopping and dining experiences.
Last fall, Chanel debuted a brand new flagship in a heritage building—it’s Canada’s only standalone location for the prestigious French label. Amidst hushed environs of muted hues of black, white and gold, the first level features four salons displaying costume jewellery, handbags, footwear, scarves and watches, while the second floor features ready-to-wear clothing. 98 Yorkville Ave., chanel.com
EAT YOUR VEGGIES
Making healthier eating choices doesn’t have to come at the expense of flavour. Not at Planta, at least. Chef David Lee’s plantbased restaurant serves up dishes like of eggplant lasagna, coconut ceviche, a zucchini noodle bowl, watermelon poke and even a carrot hot dog. 1221 Bay St., plantarestaurants.com
The Spa at the Hazelton is a soothing sanctuary for those in need of pampering. The menu includes treatments ranging from manicures and pedicures to facials to massages and body wraps. There’s a special menu just for men that includes a gentlemen’s facial, as well as packages for the ultimate indulgence. 118 Yorkville Ave., thehazeltonhotel.com
Grab a coffee or gelato and take a break in the Village of Yorkville Park— a collection of about a dozen different landscapes, including an alder grove, a crab apple orchard, a herb garden and a one-billion-year-old, 650-ton piece of the Canadian Shield.
115 Cumberland St.
ACCESSORIES FOR EVERYONE
Need a new briefcase, suitcase, or wallet? Look no further than Betty Hemmings Leathergoods, a neighbourhood institution known for its well-crafted business accessories, luggage and small leather goods from reputable brands such as Swaine Adeney Brigg, Hartmann, Pineider, Longchamp and Belstaff. 162 Cumberland St., bettyhemmings.com
Vancouver-based Black Goat Cashmere expanded its footprint east when it opened its third store here in 2015 (its two other locations are in B.C.). It carries a selection of fashionforward yet timeless cashmere pieces for both men and women, including sweaters, cardigans, tunics and capes, all made with wool sourced from Mongolia. 131 Bloor St. W., blackgoatcashmere.com
Head to Kasa Moto for contemporary Japanese fare. The serene, light-filled restaurant is a destination for robata-grilled hot and cold small plates like beef tataki or rock shrimp tempura. Sushi and sashimi are also on the menu for anyone craving nigiri or rolls. Of course, there’s sake to go along with your meal, plus cocktails infused with Japanese flavours like yuzu and shiso.
115 Yorkville Ave., kasamoto.ca
village of Yorkville Park