Welcome to the first installment of the Well TO Do Toronto neighbourhood wellness guide! In each area round-up, our experts from Core Essence, an International Wellness Design & Consulting firm, will be highlighting our top picks in wellness, nestled across all corners of our city. Think: fitness, spa, food and drinks, and shopping. We hope these become your go-to pocket guides for a weekend stay-cation or a day of self-care and discovery in our great city. First up: Yorkville!
55 Avenue Road
Spinning obsessed? Clip in at SoulCycle Yorkville for a sweat session at the mega-successful spinning brand’s second Toronto location. Their second space — which feels far more spacious than their King Street location — is decked out in their signature aesthetic of all white with bright pops of yellow and is conveniently located in the Yorkville Village shopping center (alongside of their parent company Equinox’s Yorkville location).
889 Yonge Street
A pioneer on the Toronto wellness scene, 889 is a sanctuary settled in an 1800’s Victorian home just on the outskirts of Yorkville. This studio offers a variety of classes beyond yoga (primarily vinyasa flow based), such as pilates, barre, meditation, and a series of pre and post-natal classes, and is a welcoming environment for students of all levels. Along with their classes, the 889 shop offers accessories for your practice, natural skincare, and a selection of wellness essentials for the home.
901 Yonge Street
Want a head-to-toe pilates workout in a boutique setting? Body Mason is where it’s at! They strive to help you understand the body’s structure and mechanics, recognize its unique talents, and overcome its limitations, all while increasing strength and enhancing mental awareness. We tried their restorative pilates class and were left feeling incredibly relaxed and deeply cared for.
Mindful Movement Centre
68 Scollard Street
Mat, reformer, core yoga, reformer jumpboard… take your pick at Mindful Movement Centre. This studio offers plenty of movement options for all tastes and experience levels. We love their small class sizes: just six for a reformer class and 16 for a mat class. This airy and bright studio space also plays host to teacher trainings and events as well as one-on-one lessons with their highly trained teachers.
BEAUTY & APPAREL
The Detox Market
96 Scollard Street
Located in a gorgeous townhouse on quaint Scollard Street, The Detox Market is a one-stop-shop for natural skincare, makeup and supplements. They have an incredible selection of products from household names like Tata Harper, Osea, May Lindstrom and a ton of newbies as well! Our new discovery was The Beauty Chef from Australia. This organic skincare and supplement line blends selected food ingredients with a natural fermentation process to bring out the very best in all ingredients. We took home their Probiotic Skin Refiner (among a few other things!) and can’t wait to see the results.
Deciem: The Abnormal Beauty Company
1240 Bay Street
Deciem is conveniently situated just outside of the Bay Street subway station (with a super clever sign might we add) and is home to an amazing selection of “abnormal” beauty products from a variety of different brands. The space looks more like a cool laboratory than your typical skincare retailer, which we love since it reflects the active and scientific nature of their product range.
Bandier Pop-up at Holt Renfrew
50 Bloor Street West
You can never have too many pairs of leggings, right? That’s what we think too and it’s why we were so excited to check out the Bandier pop-up at Holt Renfrew on Bloor (through January 30, 2018). Along with Canadian brand Michi, the shop has merch from plenty of our other favourites such as Alala, Cotton Citizen, and Aviator Nation among others.
Spa at the Four Seasons
60 Yorkville Avenue
Looking for a place to really indulge in some self-care? The spa at the Four Seasons is truly a luxurious dream escape. The incredible spa space is designed around a skylit indoor lap pool that is perfect for pre-or-post treatment relaxation. If we could have our pick, we would try their warmed lavender honey wrap with aloe and arnica for anti-inflammation and maximum relaxation.
Happy Foot Spa
70 Yorkville Avenue
Our favourite hidden gem, Happy Foot Spa, is just a few steps down from street level on bustling Yorkville Avenue. This no-frills space is absolutely legendary in our books for their signature treatment, foot reflexology. The soles of our feet have thousands of nerve endings and many pressure points which are directly connected to our body’s vital organs. After 60 minutes of the most relaxing of treatments (which include an herbal foot soak and a ridiculously good neck and shoulder massage), we were ready to curl up and stay the night! This is the perfect treatment for city dwellers always on the run.
1235 Bay Street
The poké gods have blessed Yorkville with Calii Love, a California inspired, healthy grab-and-go space filled with the Hawaiian staple of poké (raw tuna or salmon marinated in shoyu), as well as grain bowls, salads, smoothies, wellness lattes, and coffee. Everything they serve is super fresh, with their fish cut fresh from their daily arrivals. You can build you own bowl, or select from their signature creations.
70 Yorkville Avenue
Revitasize is a company on a mission to help people live a healthier life. Between their fresh and colourful grab and go juices, kombucha, booster shots, salads, soups, and energy snacks, they have all the bases covered. We pound back their immune booster (especially as the seasons are changing) and absolutely love their matcha latte, which we take lightly sweetened with their Canadian Maple Syrup.
ELXR Juice Lab
55 Avenue Road
Located on the upper level of the Yorkville Village shopping center, ELXR Juice Lab’s brand new location features a variety of new menu items created by an in-house certified nutritionist. We especially loved the PB&J Parfait, which is a fiber-rich and healthy alternative to the familiar classic, featuring ingredients like blueberry chia jam, house-made probiotic coconut yogurt and peanut butter mousse. We tasted their incredible new mango smoothie, laced with turmeric and all kinds of other healthy goodies and are looking forward to the launch of their new wellness latte featuring beetroot and collagen.
1221 Bay Street
If Planta hasn’t popped up in your Instagram feed yet, prepare to be stunned by the incredible design aesthetic of this plant-based restaurant. With inventive and delicious dishes such as watermelon poke, quinoa tartare, eggplant lasagna and their signature Planta Burger (aka the most delicious veggie burger ever), this space is perfect place to indulge in a healthy way. Insider tip: grab a spot at the elevated counter for prime people-watching.
Where should we visit next for our Toronto neighbourhood wellness guide? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to weigh in!
Core Essence is an International Wellness Design & Consulting firm based out of Toronto. We redefine the way that traditional wellness businesses are designed, developed and operated and believe that wellness belongs both within and beyond the spa environment.