The epicentre of Toronto Fashion Week, Yorkville is brimming with haute locales and hidden gems to keep you well-heeled, well-fed and well-rested between shows. In fact, the downtime between TFW’s runway presentations, curated talks and after-parties offers the perfect opportunity to explore the many stylish destinations in the area. Here are the restaurants, shops and accommodations to add to your fashionable itinerary.
While there are dozens of restaurants located in and around Yorkville, a few standout options should make your list. Palm Lane, which and features vegan-friendly salads and bowls, is a great choice for a quick snack or lunch. (There’s even a special “Fashion Week Survival Kit” combo on offer during the shows.) In the Yorkville Village food hall, you can find fresh, healthful treats at eateries including Freshii, Mi’hito Sushi Laboratory, and the newly-opened Good Karma.
For dinner, book a table at Sofia or STK Steakhouse. The former offers a modern take on classic Italian fare like house-made pasta, Insalata di Arance (a delightful citrus salad) and tiramisu. Meanwhile, STK’s Toronto outpost is the place to enjoy a perfectly cooked steak in an ultra-stylish setting. Be sure to keep an eye out for special promotions available at both restaurants as part of Toronto Fashion Week’s culinary program, Style Plate.
Want a front row-worthy mani with your drinks? Visit the just-opened Majesty’s Pleasure at Yorkville Village to enjoy an expertly-mixed signature cocktail or glass of sparkling while you get pampered with a treatment from the spa menu.
Yorkville is loaded with designer goods worthy of a front-row debut. Boutiques like Chanel, Canadian staple Pink Tartan, and 119 Corbo, which brings in edgy selects from Ann Demeulemeester, Haider Ackermann and Maison Margiela, are all worthy of a visit. At the heart of it all is the neighbourhood’s not-to-miss lifestyle destination, Yorkville Village, which features shops including TNT (think Opening Ceremony, The Row and Isabel Marant) and Andrews (which stocks chic contemporary labels like Vince, Marc Cain and Sentaler).
Another TFW favourite, the Toronto Fashion Week Marketplace returns this year to The Lane at Yorkville Village. Pop into the space to shop clothing, jewelry, footwear and more from established Canadian designers like Christopher Bates, Biko, and Lesley Hampton and up-and-coming brands including Jessica Bedard, ai Toronto Seoul and La Reyna.
Plus, in the nearby Hazelton Hotel, the Goop MRKT pop-up is filled with Gwyneth Paltrow–approved beauty goodies, homewares and clothing until September 22.
Book a room at Yorkville’s The Hazelton Hotel, the official hotel of Toronto Fashion Week, which features 62 rooms and 15 suites designed with 1940s Hollywood glamour in mind. Indulge in a hot-stone massage or radiance facial at the on-site Spa by Valmont, relax in the steam room or take a dip in the indoor saltwater pool. Don’t forget to peruse the lobby’s art collection and stop for an agave Aperol sour and yellowfin tuna tataki on the patio of renowned chef Mark McEwan’s ONE restaurant. The hotel also happens to be within walking distance of all of TFW’s venues, and will even host two fashion week events: Fashion Talks with Trigère designer Franklin Elman, and a private event with fine jewellery designer Hania Kuzbari.
(The Hazelton Hotel)