Toronto's Top Retail Stores: Shop the Day Away

Save some room in your suitcase when you visit Toronto with the intent of going shopping. Maybe even bring a bag entirely for your finds, as Toronto has stores so tempting that it will be hard not to pull out the plastic.

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. 

If you like to kick it old school at a department store, Hudson's Bay and Holt Renfrew will bring out a little Audrey Hepburn in you. If you prefer a specialty shop, we have everything from menswear with a built in barbershop at Gotstyle to women's active wear at Titika. We also have shoes at Gravity Pope, because we have heard that some people get teen-heartthrob crazy over the right pair of pumps.

Most of these stores will be excellent places to get a souvenir or two if you want to let someone know back home that you were thinking of them (especially Honest Ed's, because Honest Ed was truly honest about his pricing). If you think that you would be a more deserving recipient of that souvenir, we completely understand. As the kids say, YOLO.

High Park/Roncesvalles
Likely General
Photo courtesy of Andrew Williamson

Likely General is a design shop in Toronto like no other. Its diverse products involve knitted hats, limited print books and hand crafted room spray. Owner Brooke Manning is on hand to provide her expertise on every product. Brooke is a musician...  Read More

Titika Active Wear
Photo courtesy of Titika Facebook page

Even more so than the yoga movement is the yoga pants movement. Whether or not people have an interest in doing a downward facing dog, they certainly have an interest in wearing stretchy pants that move with them. Titika knows where you are...  Read More

We know that when it comes to shopping lists, men often get the short end of the stick. Therefore, we are pleased to welcome you to one of Toronto's leading menswear stores, Gotstyle. Rather than outfitting one portion of a man's lifestyle,...  Read More

Upscale shopping at its best; this Bloor-Yorkville destination has been at the top of the list for visiting celebs and well-to-do Torontonians since it opened back in the 1970s. Look for shoes, handbags and couture from designers such as Badgley...  Read More

Queen West
Gravity Pope
Photo courtesy of Gravity Pope Facebook page

There are two types of people in this world: those who lose their breath when they see the object of their desire in shoe form, and those who choose comfortable shoes and get on with their day. Whichever camp you belong to, Gravity Pope is a...  Read More

Queen West
Logan & Finley
Photo courtesy of Phillipa C Photography

Logan & Finley is the store you go to when the pulse of the city becomes a little too loud. It is also the place you go when you start to crave a canoe more than a coffee. This eco-friendly store is the in heart of downtown Toronto, but...  Read More

Mountain Equipment Co-op
Photo courtesy of Mountain Equipment Co-op Facebook page

If there is any sport or activity that you have an affinity for, Mountain Equipment Co-op (or MEC) is the place to go. Whether you are trying on a sweat-wicking, toddler holding backpack or rain gear that will support your trek up Kilimanjaro,...  Read More

Is this going to be the swankiest shopping experience of your life? Frankly, no. You would be excused for thinking that Honest Ed's is just a gaudy thrift store. Named for Ed Mirvish, Canadian businessman and philanthropist, it runs the length...  Read More

Hudson's Bay
Photo courtesy of Hudson's Bay Facebook page

Even though department stores are going out of style about as quickly as the last version of the IPhone, we would be remiss to not include Hudson's Bay in a Toronto 10 Best Shopping list. Hudson's Bay is as Canadian as Canada goose jackets and a...  Read More

Shopping at Holt Renfrew in the Bloor-Yorkville area of Toronto harkens back to the time when customer service was all about the customer rather than the commission. There are concierges that roam the store ready to attend to your every need....  Read More


Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney

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