Offering the best of fashion, food, wellness, and culture, Bloor-Yorkville is the perfect home base for a day-to-night experience! Recently, in pursuit of the perfect date destinations, Jen Kirsch (Toronto-based writer for The Toronto Star and InStyle Magazine) took over our BY Instagram sharing some of her must-visit places alongside her significant other.
Don’t worry if you missed out, we’ve recapped her itinerary below, so whether you’re planning to treat yourself, spend time with friends, or curate quality time with a loved one, Jen maps out her top spots.
9:30 AM, Majesty’s Pleasure
The ultimate in self-care, Majesty’s Pleasure is a beauty destination in a league of its own! With a rooftop balcony and cocktail menu, the pampering doesn’t stop when your appointment ends! Start the day with his and hers mani/pedis, followed by mimosas on the rooftop! Guests can also select from relaxation massages, facials, and hair services.
102 Yorkville Ave, Unit 5
10:15 AM, Ba&sh
There’s no better place than Bloor-Yorkville if you want to bring a fashion moment into your day. Toronto’s only Ba&sh boutique is located at the Hazelton Hotel and features laid-back Parisian-inspired pieces. The experience is “very hands-on service and personalized [your own] style,” making it a favourite destination of Jen’s.
118 Yorkville Ave
12:00 PM, Trattoria Nervosa
For over 25 years, Trattoria Nervosa has been known for “the perfect dishes, pizza, pasta, as well as the perfect people watching spot.” Situated in a beautiful yellow townhouse with multiple quaint patios, Nervosa exudes romance, making it the perfect choice for a date.
75 Yorkville Ave
3:30 PM, Teatro Verde
Fashion-forward florals are a guarantee at Teatro Verde! We can’t think of a more fitting mid-date destination for a romantic bouquet. To see more of their unique work, stop by the Four Seasons Hotel – Teatro Verde has designed their installations for years, a spot Jen and her family would visit just to admire the florals!
55 Avenue Road, Yorkville Village
4:00 PM, Village of Yorkville Park
There’s always something to see while strolling throughout the neighbourhood. The Village of Yorkville Park is a great space to enjoy lush greenery, or perch on the infamous “Big Rock” (made up of 650 tons of rock from the Canadian Shield), and of course watch the action on Cumberland Street. The park is home to a number of different types of foliage, from pine, birch, and crabapple trees, wildflowers, and even wetlands traversed by a crisscross boardwalk.
You can discover more of our parks here as well as follow our Historical Walking Tour.
5:00 PM, Coco Espresso Bar
A neighbourhood staple, Coco Espresso Bar brings the true taste of Italy to Bellair Street. A summer staple for sipping espresso on their patio while enjoying a homemade gelato from their adjacent Gelato Shop. For Jen, a stop to Coco feels like summer, as its somewhere she often ends up while browsing the neighbourhood.
29 Bellair Street
6:00 PM, STK
STK has taken their popular dining room to The Lane at Yorkville Village for a pop-up patio experience. The space has a similar ambience to the regular location with the addition of lush greenery and fairy lights, but with the same music and energy as ever. Consider dinner and cocktails at STK the perfect way to finish off a date day in Bloor-Yorkville. Their indoor dining room at the original 153 Yorkville location is also open.
STK Pop Up Patio:
The Lane at Yorkville Village (55 Avenue Road)
Thank you to Jen Kirsch for spending the day in Bloor-Yorkville and sharing some of her favourite spots! We hope to see you out recreating your own special moments – be sure to tag us on social media @BloorYorkville and use our hashtag #BYtime