The holiday season is in high gear! If you haven’t started shopping, fear not because we’ve put together a guide to Holiday Shopping in Bloor-Yorkville full of unique experiences for your friends, family, and loved ones. Featuring Michelin Star dining, wellness bundles, fitness packages, and of course some coveted fashion, Bloor-Yorkville is your one stop shop for extra-special holiday finds. Also, in case you missed our Afternoon Tea guide, you can find it here.
Your Guide to Holiday Shopping in Bloor-Yorkville
If you have a foodie in your life or are looking to gift an extra-special experience, we recommend one of our newly rated Michelin Star restaurants:
Alobar: Alobar has come by its hype honestly, described by the Michelin team as having the energy and effortlessly cool demeanor of a cocktail bar but with “first-rate” product and “exemplary” culinary technique. Special mention was also given to the welcoming staff who “treat everyone like they’re a regular.”
162 Cumberland Street
Aburi Hana: According to the Michelin team, when you walk into the Aburi Hana space “you’ll immediately sense that your evening is headed somewhere interesting.” Their team calls special attention to Chef Nakagawa’s personal and intricate style of cooking with each course outdoing the last.
102 Yorkville Avenue
Led by Chef Quinton Bennet, the Michelin critics praise his use of “molecular techniques” paired alongside “his worldly view on the plate, playing on diverse textures and surprising combinations like brassicas with smoked foie gras and dehydrated parmesan or tuna with sheets of beetroot and fermented daikon.”
23 St Thomas Street
We’re home to a number of the best group fitness and private fitness studios in the city! Here you’ll find gift options for all movement types.
Pilates by Stav: Non-descript on the top floor of a Hazelton townhouse is where you’ll find Stav’s entirely private Pilates studio. The airy space is filled with plants and warm colours, creating a calming atmosphere – a juxtaposition to the hard work you’ll accomplish! Stav uses top-of-the-line contemporary reformer, tower, chair, and barrel in her classes (don’t worry if none of that makes sense, Stav will coach you on all of the equipment). If you’d like to go with a friend, why not gift a personalized duo session?
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14A Hazelton Ave
Barry’s Class Passes
Barry’s is a no-nonsense approach to fitting in a high impact workout! Their class packages are the perfect gift for the athlete in your life. Their classes mix running with strength training, ensuring a mix of both modalities in each class. Workouts take place in their famous “Red Room” with dark lighting, loud music, and instructors that won’t let you quit. Each class of the week features a different muscle set so if you gift your lucky someone a 5-class pack, they’ll get to take in the full Barry’s experience.
Class Packages – Holiday Sale
100 Bloor Street (entrance at the back on Critchley Lane)
162 Cumberland Street
If your loved one is looking to get into fitness or push themselves to the next level, consider gifting a “Functional Movement Screen” test at Catalyst Health! This unique tool is used by their team to identify limitations or asymmetries in various movement patterns, helping to identify movement or mobility issues. Depending on one’s score, the team uses the screening tool to create an optimal movement program based on individual results.
162 Cumberland Street
Self-care is made easy in Bloor-Yorkville with wellness being one of our main pillars. We have endless options when it comes to spas and skincare boutiques. Here are a few of our suggestions if you’re looking for the perfect gift to help pamper a friend or loved one.
Having opened just in time for the holidays, cult favourite Le Labo has made itself a home in one of Hazelton Avenue’s gorgeous townhouses. This is a fun way to gift someone a personalized fragrance. Once you select the scent, their in-house “lab technicians” hand-blend the formula and you’re able to include a personalized message on the bottle label. Their refill program means your special someone can use the same bottle for years to come, making it a long-lasting gift. For the frequent traveler in your life, perhaps opt for their engraving service, which is offered on their travel-sized refillable perfume tubes.
15 Hazelton Ave
Caudalie: Conveniently located just next door to Le Labo, complete your shop with a stop at Caudalie. Pamper a loved one with a gift card for one of their many French skincare facials or relaxing body treatments, which include scrubs and wraps. Caudalie facials include deep relaxation massages, so while they’re actively targeting skin concerns, they’re still a blissful escape for someone looking to take a time out and rejuvenate.
17 Hazelton Ave
A gift bag from Aesop is sure to thrill just about anyone in your life. Their hand soaps, lotions, and shower products make any space reminiscent of a luxury hotel stay. Stop by their beautiful Cumberland Street boutique to browse their holiday gift sets and curated bundles. You can even step into the “infusion chamber” for a fragrant boost!
94 Cumberland Street (entrance off Bellair Street)
Gilla’s Salon & Spa: This may be a gift guide, but we have a feeling you may want to treat yourself with this offer! Throughout the month of December, Gilla’s Spa is offering 50% off laser hair removal packages as well as 50% off IPL facial treatments. Gilla’s Spa also offers mani-pedis and a variety of lash and brow services including lifts and tints – a perfect stop to find something for your BFF.
76 Scollard Street
Of course, no Holiday Shopping in Bloor-Yorkville gift guide is complete with some fashion thrown in! Here are a few places to find cozy winter essentials.
COS: Fashion forward, yet timeless designs make COS the perfect destination to pick up leather goods or winter accessories. Whether you’re looking for smaller budget items fit for a secret santa (mohair or alpaca socks, for example), cashmere stocking stuffers, or timeless leather goods for him or her, COS fits the bill for the most discerning fashion eye. Their selection of loungewear or silk pajamas are also a fabulous choice.
85 Bloor Street West
Sentaler: Bloor-Yorkville is home to the only freestanding Sentaler boutique! The beloved Canadian brand gained international notoriety after both Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton were spotted wearing the iconic Sentaler wrap coats. These instantly recognizable pieces are coveted by many and would make for a very special gift-giving moment. The showroom, located at Yorkville Village offers alterations, so fear not if the fit is not quite right!
55 Avenue Road
Black Goat Cashmere: Add a cozy layer of luxury with one of Black Goat Cashmere’s turtlenecks or hoodies. Their pieces are designed and constructed with longevity in mind, so your loved one can enjoy their pieces year after year. Black Goat also prides itself on their sustainability practices, ensuring their cashmere is obtained ethically and responsibly.
131 Bloor Street West