Yorkville is the neighbourhood that is known for its high end shopping and celebrity sightings. It runs west from Yonge to Avenue Road and south from Davenport to Bloor.
The ritzy retail stretch along Bloor Street is known as the Mink Mile, one of the most expensive streets in the world, and includes Holt Renfrew, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Tiffany&Co, Cartier, and Louis Vuitton amongst others.
Luxury hotels, the ROM, quaint streets with boutiques and restaurants, give the area a unique European vibe.
Founded in the 1830 by brewer and entrepreneur Joseph Bloore and William Botsford Jarvis of Rosedale, Yorkville began as a residential suburb with quant Victorian homes and gardens which later became annexed in 1883 and became known as the Village of Yorkville. Because of its proximity to the University of Toronto, 1960s brought the hippie movement to area. Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot all hung out in the area and it was the area in Canada for counterculture. But all good things must end or overdose, and with the building of the Bloor subway line, the land became more valuable and gradually the smaller buildings were torn torn to build high endcondominium towers. Some of the old Victorian rowhouses still exist around Hazelton Lanes along with some of the most expensive condo building in the city.