Thursday, December 20, 2007


Toronto's Yorkville is located near the famous Bloor Street, in the heart of downtown. It's a place that you can certainly wine and dine alongside celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Paris Hilton, Matt Damon and George Clooney during Toronto's International Film Festival (the second biggest in the world).

Yorkville website reads: We are Toronto's most celebrated neighbourhood of style and culture offering a unique blend of designer boutiques, fashionable restaurants, plush hotels and world class galleries... 700 in all!

I love Yorkville especially in winter, when all the small shops glow with lights and all restaurants are full of people. Of course in the summer, there are patios and nicely dressed fashionistas walking on the sidewalks.

About a month ago I had a chance to have cocktails at the famous Sassafraz.

The interior decor is beautifully done, the music is fantastic and service is great. Last year this beautiful restaurant went up in flames, but people were so happy to see it finally back and redesigned better than before. If you live in Toronto, or are planning to visit our City, make sure you pay a visit, even a short visit, to Sassafraz.

Two nights ago I made plans with a friend to eat at Caren's Wine and Cheese. What I can recommend on their menu is mussels, crab cakes and their peppercorn pate. The wines are great, too. The interior decor is slightly less modern than Sassafraz, however, it is warm, cosy, small and overall beautiful. As it is the case with most Yorkville restaurants, the service is great, too. Most of the time you need reservations to get a seat, even on a Tuesday night!

What makes Yorkville especially unique and attractive is, first and foremost, its small size. To tour Cumberland and Bloor between Blair Street and Avenue Road, it takes a mere 20 or 30 minutes. In those few minutes you probably pass by The Gucci store, Channel, Benetton, BOSS, Louis Vuitton and Escada.

As I was talking about this small Urban Jewel with my French companion Martin at Caren's Wine and Cheese Bar, we both agreed that while most people cannot afford to live in, or dine and shop in Yorkville all the time, it is worth saving your budget for a few outings a year in Yorkville. Or perhaps you can save your budget for a pair of airline tickets to our City, if you don't live in Toronto.


At 4:49 a.m., Blogger Jackal said...

To all my Politically Correct friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Britain great. Not to imply that Britain is necessarily greater than any other country . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

To all my "normal" friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

At 8:30 a.m., Blogger The City Gal said...

loved it!


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