Hide Your Credit Cards: Toronto's Best Shopping Experiences

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 Canadian inspired swag at Drake General Store.

Most of these stores are excellent places to get a souvenir or two if you want to let someone know back home that you were thinking of them. If you think that you would be a more deserving recipient of that souvenir, we completely understand. 

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



Normally food isn't included in a best shopping list, because grocery shopping is often seen as a chore and not pleasure. That is not true at "the world's best food market", in operation since 1803 on what was then "Market Block." It was the...  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
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



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 harks 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



Torontonians like to believe that they are living in Canada's New York, and when Saks Fifth Avenue landed in Toronto it just added more fuel to our fire. This flagship New York Store opened in the old location of Hudson's Bay, a beloved Canadian...  Read More



In the market for some ghee and some ironic children's clothing? You can get both at Drake General Store as well as other quirky items, like adult onesies and solid Gold Slinkys. You can also buy onesies for the kids for one heck of a family...  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