Your Guide to What’s New in Bloor-Yorkville: Winter 2023

Bloor-Yorkville is packed with excitement these days. There’s been non-stop new openings, whether its fashion, dining, or wellness, giving you even more unique ways to explore the neighbourhood. Discover everything that’s been going on in Bloor-Yorkville over the last few months, from Browns, Jaybird and Othership, to the fan-favourite Kith, along with the newest restaurant from renowned Toronto Chef Masaki Saito, and flagship openings from Ferragamo, Van Cleef & Arpels and many more.

Kith opens first Canadian storefront!

Fashion: Alexander Wang, Van Cleef & Arpels, Ferragamo, Kith, Browns

Ferragamo
131 Bloor Street West

Adding to the abundance of luxury flagships on Bloor Street is Italian fashion house Ferragamo. Marking a new era for the brand, Ferragamo recently unveiled new branding and a fresh design aesthetic, aiming for a more contemporary client.

The new space was built out over two floors, taking up 5,628 square feet, making it their largest storefront in Canada. The full range of apparel, leather goods, footwear, accessories, and fragrances are available in-store, including items not found at any other Canadian Ferragamo location.

Alexander Wang
110 Bloor Street, Toronto

 

Bloor-Yorkville recently welcomed Canada’s first Alexander Wang freestanding boutique! The Downtown New York crowd have been Alexander Wang fans since he launched his brand and opened his first boutique back in 2005. The new space is hard to miss with its metallic and mirrored façade – a (literal) reflection of the brands aesthetic.

The flagship offers the full range of Wang products, including womenswear, accessories, and shoes, as well as the newly launched menswear collection. This is only the fourth freestanding boutique in North America for the brand, making it a milestone moment for both the Alexander Wang and Bloor-Yorkville.

Van Cleef & Arpels
100 Bloor Street

Van Cleef & Arpels offers some of the most truly exquisite fine jewelry, making their new flagship on Bloor Street a beacon of glamour! The first Van Cleef & Arpels boutique opened in 1906 in Paris and became known worldwide for offering the most exclusive gemstones and diamonds.

Throughout the 1920s, the brand became known for their art-deco inspired designs and level of innovative craftsmanship not seen elsewhere (not using prongs to hold gems in place, for example). From then until now, Van Cleef & Arpels has remained one of the most revered jewelry brands worldwide. Their new Bloor-Yorkville boutique features a stunning black and gold art-deco exterior, a work of art in itself, with the boutique offering clients private one-on-one shopping suites designed to replicate Parisian apartments.

Kith
78 Yorkville Avenue

The excitement for the Kith opening was palpable throughout the neighbourhood! With lineups down the street and around the corner it looked like Hollywood’s hottest club had opened up at 78 Yorkville Ave! Perhaps the only giveaway that it wasn’t a new nightlife offering was that crowd filled the stanchioned lineup at 11 am as opposed to 11 pm.

Kith is based out of New York City and led by Ronnie Fieg, who began his fashion career as a stock boy at 12 years old. Making a name for himself in the sneaker world, he eventually launched Kith with an established set of fans ready to see his work. Kith features both men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing that manages to be perfectly on trend, yet effortless at the same time. The brand offers their own in-house label as well as a selection of curated brands, and is particularly renowned for their thoughtful design collaborations, including with the New York Knicks, Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Coca Cola, and many others.

Browns
60 Bloor Street West

Browns Shoes made an exciting return to Bloor Street with their new, spacious storefront at 60 Bloor West. This fantastic addition to the neighbourhood offers shoppers everything from accessibly priced footwear such as Dr. Martens, UGG, and Blundstone, to designer brands such as Stuart Weitzman, See by Chloe, and Badgley Mischka.

Browns has options for nearly all ages and occasions, making it a great stop when looking for everything from your winter boots to something a little extra special for the holidays. You’ll also find an assortment of accessories including gym bags, school backpacks, every day purses, and evening bags.

Dining: Sadelle’s, Paros, MSSM, Earls

Sadelle‘s at Kith
Second floor, Kith, 78 Yorkville

Along with Kith came its partnership with New York City favourite Sadelle’s. Made famous for having the “best bagels in America,” Sadelle’s is a modern take on a classic NYC diner. Open seven days a week, they’re offering all of their classic specialties (hearty salads, sandwiches, and homemade waffles), plus a few new items available only in Toronto. Inside Sadelle’s you’ll also find Kith Treats, which is their signature cereal-infused ice cream bar! Reservations aren’t needed for Kith Treats, but are encouraged to secure a space at Sadelle’s.

Paros
119 Yorkville Ave

Paros is a new offering from Chef Jack Connacher, known for his work at other Bloor-Yorkville favourites, One Restaurant and Sofia. A fresh new addition to the neighbourhood, Paros is tucked in at 119 Yorkville Avenue, with a cozy underground dining room designed to reflect Grecian architecture and a gorgeous back patio lined with bright flowers. The restaurant stays traditional when it comes to the menu, importing a number of their ingredients, including  feta, olive oil, honey, oregano, and all beverages directly from Greece.

MSSM
154 Cumberland

Two Michelin-Star Chef Masaki Saito recently opened up MSSM, his answer to bringing a true sushi experience to customers at an accessible price point. MSSM offers guests a 14-course Eomade-style omakase meal for $98 a person (as opposed to a $600+ price point for his original restaurant). The staff at MSSM are students of Chef Saito who train and work alongside him until they’re ready to work behind the sushi counter, part of Saito’s hope to offer more chef’s exposure to his style and philosophy of cooking. The space itself is unexpected with graffiti-lined walls, metallic accents, and ambient blue lights, a juxtaposition to the more traditional elements of the MSSM experience. Reservations are necessary and fill up well in advance!

Earls
55 Bloor Street West

Earls Kitchen + Bar recently opened a large, airy space at the Manulife Centre, offering a great dining experience for a casual and fun night out. With each location, the Earls team curates a few new menu items to reflect the neighbourhood. The Bloor-Yorkville menu featuring elevated items such as caviar,  Spanish-influened conservas, and their must-try seafood tower! They’re also offering new cocktails such as their Strawberry Smokeshow Margarita and the Earls Dirty Martini. With Varsity Cinema just upstairs, Earls is a great option for a date or friends-night out!

Jaybird launches first reformer studio in Bloor-Yorkville!

Wellness/Fitness: Jaybird & Othership

Jaybird
110 Bloor Street West

Jaybird has quickly made a name for themselves as *the* must-try fitness studio. Bloor-Yorkville is their third location (Jaybird originated in Vancouver and has a Queen West studio in Toronto), but is the only location featuring their new reformer classes! Jaybird reformer classes are probably unlike anything you’ve experienced before as they take place in a dark, candlelit room, moving to the beat of their dance-focused playlist.

The burn is real and the team assures new students that it takes time to build up the strength to get through classes at their non-stop pace. If you’re up for a challenge, Jaybird reformer classes will leave you worked out from head to toe and certainly feeling a sense of accomplishment! The Bloor-Yorkville location also features the Jaybird signature mat classes, which include restorative stretch and foam rolling classes alongside their “burn” and “build” class roster.

Othership
110 Bloor Street West

Speaking of unique experiences, located right beside Jaybird is Othership, an “immersive sauna and ice bath.” Othership aims to be a health-focused “social commons,” where people can get together in a wellness-focused environment. The space features a 90-person sauna (the largest sauna in North America) providing fresh heat up to 190°F, as well as a private cold space with 8 ice baths, kept between 1-4°C. They offer a number of guided group classes with an instructor taking you through each experience, or you can opt to drop in and go between the sauna and ice baths at your own pace. Depending on the guided class you choose, they can include aromatherapy, breathwork, sound baths, and meditation. On Friday nights, Othership hosts their “Social” class, which is their take on an “icey-fresh” night out with friends.