Toronto has stores so tempting that it will be difficult to resist spending money. Whether you have a red carpet event to attend (us neither) or just want to load up on the latest fashion, Toronto is filled with stores that will delight you and potentially drain your wallet.
Toronto has fantastic shopping, whether you're looking for retro bargain finds or upscale couture.
The capital of the province of Ontario, Toronto can be a gold mine for visiting shoppers.
The Toronto Eaton Centre
The Toronto Eaton Centre is a shopping mall in the heart of Toronto's downtown that houses more than 230 stores—one of Canada's largest malls and, measured by visitors, consistently the city's biggest tourist attraction. More than just a place to shop, the multi-level, glass-domed Toronto Eaton Centre is home to several excellent places to eat and features a huge mobile of a flock of Canadian geese, Flight Stop, designed by artist Michael Snow.
Upscale shopping at its best; this Bloor-Yorkville destination has been at the top of the list for visiting celebs and Torontonians since it opened back in the 1970s. Whether its shoes, handbags or couture ,Yorkville has designers such as Badgley Mischka, Christian Louboutin, Monique Lhuillier, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Zac Posen. You can also shop for organic groceries at Whole Foods (or Whole Paycheque) with the cloth bag-touting elite or pick up a bottle of wine.
Hudson's Bay Company
Hudson Bay is Canada's oldest corporation in Toronto and thousands across Canada. The flagship store is right across from the Toronto Eaton Centre. The Bay is a good old-fashioned department store, complete with everything from clothes to household items, and a place to have lunch.
The Bay is particularly famous for its Hudson's Bay Blanket, sold for more than two centuries. The Bay also features a TOPSHOP women's clothing department from the popular U.K. retailer.
Likely General is a design shop in Toronto like no other. Its diverse products involve knitted hats, limited print books and handcrafted room spray. Once you enter you are not "likely" to find anything "general" about the space. This store has unique crafted products that wouldn’t be found in a garage sale in the future.
Queen Street cuts east/west through Toronto and morphs from funky retro to chic shops and restaurants to antique shopping to The Beaches district at the far east end.
Especially famous for attracting shoppers is Queen Street West :Edgy, hip, and trendy all describe this area of Toronto that also boasts some of the best-known clubs and cafes.
The Queen Street West area has, in fact, become so popular that the truly bohemian have moved even further west to what is now known as West Queen West.