Toronto has great shopping for all budgets. You can find the upscale design labels here, particularly in swanky Yorkville where most of the big European names have stores including Prada, Gucci, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel and Cartier. Fashionistas will want to visit the Holt Renfrew department store, a cross between Maceys and Saks 5th Avenue. For one stop shopping, there are plenty of malls to visit. The Eaton Centre is a block-long, three-story complex downtown and remains the most popular mall to visit. Check out local boutiques for Canadian labels that are making a name on the international market. Toronto also has a healthy arts-and-crafts community so you can find some unique custom jewelry and aristan décor. Hunt for vintage bargains in Kensington Market and along Queen Street. Hunt being the key word – you’ll have to enjoy going through mounds of clothing. The true bargains are found in the cultural zones like Gerard India Bazaar (also known as Little India), Chinatown, Little Italy, Greektown and Koreatown. You can also head north to Vaughan Mills, a shopping complex with over 200 stores and restaurants with a good share or outlets for the larger retail stores. Antique hunters will want to head out to Rosedale and Leslieville where there are many small antique shops. The Heritage Antique Marker in Cloverdale Mall offers a once-a-month sale where all the dealers from Ontario and Quebec gather.
Just remember, if you shop ‘til you drop, you have to carry it all home!
Freelance travel writer and editor, Shelagh McNally has been a world traveler since her teens. After 20 years in Toronto, she left her job as Communications Officer for a major bank and moved to Puerto Morelos, Mexico where she helped establish the Miami Herald’s satellite office in Cancun.
She went on to contribute to 12 editions of Fodor’s travel... Read More