Yorkville Lane, formerly known as Renaissance Court, has a fresh new feel thanks to exciting new businesses and top-notch dining. If you’re not familiar with this discrete little laneway, you’ll find it at 162 Cumberland Street, connecting Cumberland Street and Yorkville Avenue. Filled with fairy lights and a gorgeous stone pathway, Yorkville Lane has a distinct European feel. Below, you’ll find the unique businesses located within the lane that make it a great place to explore!
B Hemmings & Co. is a staple of Bloor-Yorkville having made our community their home for over 40 years! When they moved into their current location at Yorkville Lane, they rebranded from Betty Hemmings to B Hemmings & Co. and completed their transformation by having a unique storefront facade designed to mimic the aesthetics of train travel! Specializing in luggage and leather goods that you won’t find elsewhere, the design of the store is just as fascinating to look at as their handmade goods. Complete with metal detailing and vaulted ceilings, the space recreates the experience of a train car – the perfect backdrop for discovering your new luggage staples.
Tucked across the lane from B Hemmings & Co. you’ll spot Alobar’s distinct fairy-lights and large terrace lined with lush greenery. One of three “Alo-sister” restaurants, Alobar remains one of the the most coveted locations to secure a reservation. Alongside their curated wine and cocktail lists, Alobar features an exquisite menu created by renowned chef, Patrick Kriss. Their dishes are made from scratch featuring European and Asian influences.
The latest addition to the Alo-family, Salon by Alobar is exclusive to Bloor-Yorkville and offers guests their own private dining location! This off-site room offers tasting-menu dinners for up to 40 guests. Salon can also host boutique events including cocktail parties, canapé receptions, and corporate meetings. Alobar and Salon are located at 57A – 162 Cumberland Street.
The newest shop on this block, DICE is redefining how we approach fruit! Unsatisfied with generic takes on fruit salad, the founders were inspired by years of backpacking and decided to bring the most tropical and hard-to-find fruit back home. Offering parfaits, chia-pudding, smoothies, and bowls, they offer a take on fruit you are sure to be surprised by. Their chefs even create their own sauces which include ingredients such as maple lime, spicy gochutgaru honey lime, ginger turmeric and much more.
For the truest sense of an Italian coffee shop, you’ll want to stop by ZaZa for hand-crafted espresso and gelato made on-site! Recently opening at Yorkville Lane, you’ll also find a selection of fine Italian desserts that can’t be found elsewhere. Their quaint terrace out front is the perfect spot to people watch and enjoy your #MeTime.