There’s been no shortage of changes over the last several months, as we’ve recently welcomed a number of new businesses into the neighbourhood. We invite you to explore our new restaurants, lifestyle boutiques, and entertainment venues. These businesses can’t be found anywhere else in the city, so you’re guaranteed a unique experience! Plus, where else will you be able to build a luxury wardrobe for your four-legged friends?
Recently opened on Hazelton Avenue, Advice from a Caterpillar is a beautifully designed shop “for the modern family.” The all-encompassing lifestyle boutique sources its collections from around the world, focusing on women, children, babies, and home décor. From gorgeous infant knitwear to kitchen staples, shoppers will discover one-of-a-kind items, each with a story to tell.
41 Hazelton Avenue
One of only three locations in Canada, All Eyes On Me can be found on Cumberland Street near the Village of Yorkville Park. The full-service boutique offers complete eyecare, including comprehensive exams, laser eye surgery, treatment, and lens fittings. If you’re looking for frames and sunglasses you won’t spot elsewhere, All Eyes On Me is where you’ll find globally sourced options from exclusive designers.
51-162 Cumberland Street
The only escape room in the neighbourhood, E-Exit is an exciting addition to Bloor-Yorkville. Currently offering 5 different escape room themes with varying levels of difficulty, guests must complete a series of puzzles, riddles, and physical activities in order to advance toward the exit. Each game is open to a minimum of 2 players and a maximum of 6 with the option of renting the entire space for a special event.
70 Yorkville Avenue
Before settling in Bloor-Yorkville, David Rocco was an internationally acclaimed chef known for his TV series “David Rocco’s Dolce Vita,” taking place around the world. His newest endeavor, Bar Aperitivo, is a wine bar (he is quick to point out it is not a “restaurant”) designed as a pre-dinner destination. Inspired by Piazza San Marci, Venice, guests can enjoy cocktails and wine, as well as a few Italian snacks and gelato.
95 Cumberland Street
This distinctly Canadian brand designs footwear specifically for city life in our unpredictable climate. With the idea of not having to sacrifice style for design and functionality, La Canadienne creates fashion-forward footwear that can take us to any occasion through any kind of weather. Their City Dry technology is a unique waterproofing process, keeping feet warm and dry, while also protecting shoes for seasons to come. Their Bloor-Yorkville boutique is a multi-level, 4000-square-foot storefront and is the very first standalone location to open outside of Montreal.
138 Cumberland Street
Created exclusively for our canine counterparts, Wag Swag is one of the newest Bloor Street boutiques. This Toronto-based dog clothing and accessory company prioritizes “functional, fashionable, and financially feasible” pieces, from vegan leather (harnesses, leashes, and, and collars) to rope leashes, and cozy sweaters, jackets, t-shirts, and onesies. To combat our unpredictable weather, Wag Swag also offers adjustable rain jackets with removable hoods and adjustable cuffs. It’s safe to say your pooch will soon be competing with you for most stylish family member!
131 Bloor Street West
With the jewelry philosophy of “mix it, layer it, wear it every day,” Lisa Gozlan bring a fresh approach to every day accessories. Her brand new showroom is located on Cumberland Street and offers everyday essentials, as well as custom and one-of-a-kind options. The price point ranges from $50 to $9000 with a number of price-conscious pieces that utilize high quality materials. If you spot an item that’s currently sold out, their team is happy to create a custom order and also offers personalized appointment-based experiences.
87 Cumberland Street
Flying under the radar with no exterior signage, Middle 8 was designed with a distinct speakeasy feel in mind. Tucked between Cumberland Street and Yorkville Ave along Yorkville Lane, the nondescript building is home to a brand new music venue with a large outdoor space and a downstairs bar area. In addition to live music, Middle 8 features an extensive cocktail and food menu with a focus on share-plates. With a purposeful lack of social media and limited online presence, you’ll have to experience Middle 8 in person to discover more about this latest venture from Andrew Carter of The Oxley!
119 Yorkville Avenue
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Both Lafayette 148 and Anne Fontaine will soon be making their Canadian debut on Bloor Street. Making their way to Toronto from both New York City and Paris, these high-fashion retailers will be a fresh addition to the neighbourhood just in time for fall. As well, Italian menswear brand Isaia will soon be opening at the iconic Sherriff’s House on the corner of Bellair St. and Yorkville Ave. For those with an affinity for luxury skincare, cult favorite Aesop will be opening their doors at 94 Cumberland Street.