As one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in the city, Bloor-Yorkville continues to offer the best of dining, fashion, wellness, and culture! Recently, Toronto-based publication Post City Magazines put out their annual Post City Magazine “Best Of” lists, focusing on different neighbourhoods in Toronto. Their “Best Of” lists typically focus on independent small businesses and put a spotlight on unique offerings across the city. Their Bloor-Yorkville list is a fantastic look at some of our top destinations to help you find the best luggage, dine on dim sum, score the best denim, and much more! Discover this year’s Post City “Best Of” Bloor-Yorkville choices below! You may discover some new favourite local destinations.
Post City Magazine Best Of: Bloor-Yorkville
Best Art Gallery: Mira Godard Gallery22 Hazelton Ave
Mira Godard Gallery was established in 1962 and has grown to become one of Canada’s most revered commercial art galleries. Featuring paintings, sculpture, and works on paper, Mira Godard Gallery focuses on contemporary Canadian and international art. Many of the works shown in the gallery have gone on to become permanent fixtures in public galleries and museums.
Best Croissant: Hazukido Yorkville
1200 Bay Street
Taking top place in the world of Croissant’s is none other than Bloor-Yorkville’s Hazukido! Specializing in Japanese croissants, their team uses an exclusive folding technique to create a classic honeycomb texture. Along with a classic honeycomb flavour, you’ll also find savory options such as Truffle Crab and smoked salmon, to dessert-worthy White Chocolate Floral, Strawberry Puree Custard, and many more.
Best Glam Dim Sum: Dynasty69 Yorkville Ave
The title of this top choice says it all, with Dynasty being the go-to place for a glamourous take on dim sum. Located on Yorkville Avenue, this bright space features traditional Chinese cuisine with a vast dim sum offering. They also have set menus for groups of six and ten, along with special dinner sets and a large selection of vegetarian items.
Best Glam Grocer: Pusateri’s57 Yorkville Ave
Keeping the glam theme in mind, Pusateri’s helps take the chore out of grocery shopping. Their team prides themselves on travelling the world to discover unique and rare products that customers won’t find anywhere else! The boutique-sized space is homey and warm, with plenty of grab-and-go options, whether you’re entertaining guests or looking to take a night off from cooking.
Best for Luggage: De Catarina, Manulife Centre 55 Bloor Street West Since 1989, De Catarina has been in the business of providing the best luggage you can find! Specializing in luxury leather goods and travel gear, their team sources items from around the world, carefully curating pieces ranging from everyday essentials such as wallets, backpacks, and crossbody bags, to all your luggage needs. While they pride themselves on offering the best quality, their price points span from more accessible items to the highest level of luxury
Best Upscale Vegan: Planta1221 Bay Street
Planta has remained a Toronto favourite since it was founded back in 2016. In fact, it’s become so popular that the founders have since opened locations in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Florida, New York and more! Bloor-Yorkville remains home to the first location and features tropical décor, a loft space for small dinner parties, and an always-evolving menu featuring their famous wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and Asian-inspired offerings.
Best Tailor: Last Minute Alteration90 Yorkville Ave
Last Minute Alterations is tucked into a quaint laneway on Yorkville Avenue and has been a family-run business for over four generations! Taking pride in the “art of tailoring,” the family has been continuing the work of their great grandfather, who was a leader in European-style tailoring back in 1928. Along with their tailoring services, they also offer dry cleaning and minor alterations.
Best Spa: Spa by Valmont, The Hazelton Hotel 118 Yorkville Ave
It’s not surprise the Spa by Valmont scored a top spot on the Post City Magazine Best Of list! At the height of luxury, you’ll find the Spa by Valmont at the iconic Hazelton Hotel. Along with signature Valmont services such as facials, body treatments, and a variety of massage options (including their unique Hot Shell Massage), spa guests can enjoy the salt water pool and steam room for a true escape from daily life.
Best Denim: Over The Rainbow, Manulife Centre 55 Bloor Street West
Family-owned and operated, Over the Rainbow has been a Bloor-Yorkville staple in the fashion scene since for over 40 years! Their boutique has grown over the years and now occupies a state-of-the-art retail space at the Manulife Centre. Over the Rainbow has been at the forefront of Canadian fashion, being the first retailer to bring brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Citizens of Humanity, and J Brand to the Canadian market!
Best Sneaker Shop: Capsule104-69 Yorkville Ave
If you’re a sneaker enthusiast, chances are you’ve heard of Capsule. Always the first to bring in impossible-to-find, limited edition, and vintage shoes, Capsule has a loyal following throughout Toronto. They also offer a curated selection of menswear, accessories, and bags.
Best Shoe Repair: Kaner’s110 Bloor St. W
With the best accessories shopping in the city, it’s imperative to have a trusted repair team on hand! Kaner’s specializes in handbag and shoe repair, and their team takes immense pride in their work, emphasizing that no job is too big or too small. Trusted with luxury goods from Bloor-Yorkville locals, their team can be trusted with all luxury goods – even the most coveted red-sole Louboutin’s!