‘Tis the season for holiday shopping!
As one of Toronto’s toniest neighbourhoods, Yorkville is home to high-end department stores, independent luxury boutiques and specialty retailers that make it one of the city’s top shopping destinations. Whether you’re picking out presents for your loved ones – or for yourself – you’ll have no trouble finding one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season at these seven local specialty shops near 11 Yorkville.
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When you can shop for artisanal European groceries while snacking on authentic Neapolitan pizza pie, that’s amore! If you want to spoil your favourite foodie this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with a selection of delectable edibles from Eataly, Toronto’s brand new 50,000-square-foot European-inspired food hall and marketplace that spans three full floors of the Manulife Centre at Bay and Bloor. Put together a personalized gift basket featuring a selection of imported goodies from Eataly’s global vendors – cured salumi, dry pasta, extra virgin olive oil, tomato sauce, a chunk of grana Padano, a jar of Castelvetrano olives, Illy coffee beans and decadent desserts – and you’ll have the ultimate Italian gift that’s sure to inspire La Dolce Vita.
Duck past the Instagram influencers posing against the pink door and find your way inside this jewel box of a womenswear boutique on Yorkville Avenue. Started by Canadian fashion icon Kimberly Newport-Mimran, Pink Tartan is all about ladylike luxury. On-trend collections feature ruffled blazers, business-ready silk blouses, tailored trousers, smart shift dresses and timeless leather goods. The store also carries a curated selection of home and lifestyle goods that would make for elegant stocking stuffers; think aromatic candles, bath salts and high-end apothecary items.
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As Yorkville’s premier purveyor of fine pens and stationery, Laywine’s is where the analogue-inclined come together to fawn over Italian fountain pens and leather-bound notebooks. Tucked away along Bellair Street, the specialty shop has been in business since 1987 and has been keeping the art of letter writing alive with its sophisticated inventory of pens, pencils, ink and paper products that would definitely delight the calligraphy enthusiasts and font fanatics in your life.
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Shopping for someone who loves to ‘deck the halls’ year-round? Yorkville’s Teatro Verde has been delighting interior design enthusiasts for more than two decades with its gorgeous array of gifts for the home and garden. Owners Shawn Gibson and Michael Pellegrino have curated an elegant collection of unique objects for those who love entertaining at home, including luxurious throw pillows, marble cheese boards, copper-accented kitchenware and darling vintage watering cans. The longstanding shop, which recently moved to a new location in the Manulife Centre, also specializes in stunning floral bouquets and arrangements that would make a perfect hostess gift or a lovely addition to your own dining room table.
La Casa del Habana
Sometimes life demands a good cigar, especially during the holiday season. When it comes to fine Cuban cigars, La Casa del Habano is Yorkville’s smoke shop of choice. The internationally acclaimed specialty store carries a comprehensive collection of authentic Habano cigars and premium smoking accessories, including lighters, cutters, hygrometers, pipes and pipe tobacco, pocket cases, ashtrays and more. La Casa del Habana is also home to Ontario’s largest walk-in humidor and an on-site café where visitors can enjoy a Cuban coffee while sampling new release, vintage and special-edition cigars.
The Detox Market
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Help your well-groomed, GOOP-obsessed pal step up their self-care routine with conscious skincare and best-in-class clean beauty brands from The Detox Market. At this all-natural health and wellness boutique, the shelves are lined with spa-worthy serums, moisturizers, cleansers, toners and haircare products designed to leave you feeling refreshed and glowing from the outside in. And if you really want to splurge on that special someone, pick up a bottle of Active Botanical Serum from Vintner’s Daughter; the pricey serum has developed a cult following thanks to its dramatic results when it comes to smoothing fine lines, improving tone and texture, and giving the skin a bright, hydrated appearance.
Over the Rainbow
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Effortlessly cool fashion is the name of the game at Over the Rainbow, Yorkville’s go-to shopping destination for premium denim brands and contemporary fashion labels for men and women. Searching for the perfect gift for the fellow in your life? You’ll find plaid button-down shirts, slim-fit raw denim, vintage-inspired graphic tees and puffy parkas that make a statement without trying too hard. For gals, shop the racks for faux leather leggings, chunky knit sweaters, flowy boho-chic blouses and minimalist jewelry that’s both trendy and timeless. Over the Rainbow also carries hipster-approved gifts that are perfect for Secret Santa exchanges – think cheeky wine tags, cedar-scented ‘Boy Smells’ candles, durable-yet-chic umbrellas and more.
From imported olives and distressed denim to organic skincare and one-of-a-kind fountain pens, Yorkville’s many specialty retailers will help you find thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list this holiday season.