Style in the City: Toronto’s Yorkville

The City-Chic Women of Toronto’s Yorkville

By Danielle Goreski

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It’s hard to believe that one of the chicest areas in Toronto to shop, live and dine was once the epicenter of 1960’s Canadian counterculture, home to great bohemian talents such as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Margaret Atwood.

High-end businesses, such as Holt Renfrew, moved into the area in the 70’s and 80’s and began to attract other luxury boutiques like Chanel, Gucci, Prada. Soon, cafes and art galleries started to replace the famous coffee houses like The Myna Bird, and in 1976 Yorkville became ground zero for Toronto’s burgeoning International Film Festival. Though the Festival headquarters have since moved downtown, Yorkville retains a stylish yet laid-back feel and is a great place to grab a coffee (or a cocktail) and do some high-quality people-watching.

The Yorkville Female is refined and sophisticated with a bit of a hidden edge. She enjoys cocktails and girlfriend time whenever she can get it. Not one to skimp on life’s little luxuries, manis, pedis and blowouts are a regular way of life. Rarely is she seen without her little fur-baby, who is usually snuggled comfortably in a designer carrier fit for a king.