Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood is well known for it's streets lined with exclusive and upscale stores, galleries, restaurants and bars
Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood had it's origins as a residential neighborhood of Victorian style homes and pleasant gardens. During the 1960's, Yorkville became the centre of bohemian culture in Toronto spawning some of Canada's well known musicians such as Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell.
With the opening of the Bloor-Danforth subway, land values rose and higher density development moved into the area. Office towers and the Bay and Holt Renfrew department stores established themselves on Bloor Street. As real estate values continued to rise, many of the residences north of Bloor Street were transformed into exclusive retailers including fashion boutiques, antique shops and numerous art galleries. Others became cafes, restaurants and bars. Many buildings where replaced with upscale condomium apartments.
The subway station at Yonge and Bloor is the busiest in the system, bringing many customers and visitors into this neighbourhood every day. Today this area has many of the Toronto's most exclusive retail stores lining it's streets including flagship stores for many elite chains. Just a few blocks south you will find two other popular attractions; the Royal Ontario Museum and Queens Park and the Ontario Legislative Building.