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10 Great Toronto Shopping Spots

May 28th, 2013

There are tons of great places to shop in Toronto, whether you are on a tight budget or are planning an all-out shopping spree. Here are some of the highlights to help you plan your next Toronto shopping trip.

1. Eaton Centre:
Eaton Centre, Toronto
The Eaton Centre is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Toronto. It has more than 250 stores that you can visit, and they vary from budget to luxury. The four-level glass dome makes the mall bright and airy, while the underground tunnel connecting to the Toronto PATH keeps you comfortable even on cold, rainy days.

2. Bloor-Yorkville:
Bloor-Yorkville, Toronto
The Yorkville area is a gem hidden away in a corner of downtown Toronto. There is lovely Victorian architecture, lots of restaurants, art galleries, and plenty of quaint boutiques. Step over to the adjacent Bloor neighborhood to visit high-end shops like Prada, Hermes, and Gucci.

3. Winners:
Winners, Toronto
Winners is the Canadian equivalent of US staples like TJ Maxx or Marshall's, offering designer brands at discount prices. There are eight locations in Toronto. They all require a bit of searching through the racks to find your prized item, but the bargains are worth the effort.

4. The Hudson's Bay Company:
The Hudson's Bay Company is the oldest corporation in Canada. You can visit their flagship store on the corner of Bay and Queen, across from the Eaton Centre, or one of the many other locations across Toronto. This is a traditional department store that sells everything you might need, and it even has a lovely restaurant inside where you can break for lunch. Perhaps their most famous single product is the Hudson's Bay Blanket, which they have been selling for over 200 years. It would make a perfect souvenir!

5. Chinatown:
Toronto's Chinatown is located on Spadina between King Street and College. Here you will find lots of bargains on clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, and much more. You can also stop for lunch or dinner at one of the hundreds of authentic Asian restaurants.

6. Queen Street:
The Queen Street area runs east-west through Toronto. It's a hodgepodge of antique shopping, restaurants, funky little store, and chic boutiques. The cool and edgy part of Queen Street is Queen Street West, located between University and Spadina. The true hipsters hang out even further down the road at West Queen Street West, between Bathurst and Niagara.

7. Kensington Market:
Kensington Market is a nice alternative to the omnipresent chains that you find in most parts of the city. It's located right next to Chinatown. You'll find vintage stores, used clothing shops, funky cafes, and organic food markets. It is also the home of one of the select few of Canada's cannabis cafes and head shops.

8. St. Lawrence Market:
St. Lawrence Market is located in the historic St. Lawrence neighborhood near downtown. It has two buildings, the North Market and the South Market. The South Market has lots of food vendors and a gallery, while the North Market offers a Saturday farmer's market and antiques dealers on Sundays.

9. Honest Ed's:
Honest Ed's is located in the Annex. It is something of a Toronto legend, known for selling "everything from wine to twine." You can't miss the neon signs, and it makes for a fun afternoon of bargain shopping.

10. Yonge and Eglinton:
This area is heavily populated by a young, professional crowd, and it offers a somewhat less pretentious version of the Bloor-Yorkville area. There is a combination of unique, independent shops and mainstream standbys.

If you want to explore all the great shopping that Toronto has to offer without trying to navigate the city or find parking. We will custom create a limousine tour of Toronto's finest shopping centers just for you.

Image credit:
  • Eaton Centre Photo: By Svetlana Grechkina from Moscow, Russia (Eaton Centre * Uploaded by Skeezix1000) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Brook Yorkville Photo: Bloor-Yorkville.com
  • Winners Photo: Cloverdalemall.com

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