The community is roughly bounded by Marlborough Avenue, Yonge Street, Bloor Street West, and Avenue Road.
This area includes Bloor Street, the most high-status shopping street in the city of Toronto.
In 1883, the village of Yorkville was annexed by the city of Toronto.
During the 1960s, Yorkville was considered to be Toronto's version of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood.
The Hazelton Lanes shopping centre, constructed in the 1970s, signaled the beginning of the neighbourhood's up-scale transformation.