The Top Shopping Malls and Centers in Toronto

Business magazines claim that the shopping mall is dying a slow ugly death. As people get accustomed to shopping in their pyjamas with a glass of wine in hand, a trip to the mall can seem like a plebeian undertaking.

Shopping malls won't go down without a fight, however, and for the present moment, there are a ton of malls and centres that are more than happy to take your plastic, your cash or your soul if it comes down to it.

Canadians still have an affinity for retail establishments, because they allow us to be in society without being outdoors during the colder winter months. Toronto has some terrific shopping options. There are plenty of malls offering convenience and a good selection of brand name products, such as the bright and airy Toronto Eaton Centre. However, shopping in person does not require being inside, as trendy neighbourhoods like West Queen West demonstrate, with row after row of quirky, one-of-a-kind stores. (Getting flexible with the term "mall" is what makes this list so special.)

Supporting local businesses is big in Toronto and you’ll find plenty of eclectic boutiques, funky vintage shops and antique stores sprinkled throughout the city. Whether you’re shopping in a particular neighbourhood market or a sprawling mall, these top ten places will be happy to relieve you of your heavy wallet.



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



Toronto's Distillery Historic District began in 1859 as the site of the Gooderham and Worts whiskey distillery. 100 years later, the distillery was producing nearly half of the total volume of spirits in the province of Ontario, making it one of...  Read More



Did you know Toronto is home to the world's best food market? According to National Geographic magazine, the St. Lawrence Market in the southeast end of the city's downtown core has the globe's greatest collection of vendors selling all manner...  Read More



In the 1960s, this neighbourhood in the heart of downtown was Toronto's hippie haven. But today, it is the city's heart of haute couture. The area nicknamed the Mink Mile boasts one of Canada's greatest collections of high-end shops, including...  Read More



In a city of neighbourhoods, Kensington Market easily qualifies as Toronto's most unique. The small residential and commercial hub sits between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue on its west and east boundaries, and College Street and Dundas...  Read More



Ever wonder what is happening below the surface? People in Toronto don't. Toronto's famous underground walkway connects 30 kilometres of shopping, services and entertainment. It makes it possible for a Canadian to own a winter jacket, but never...  Read More



When Yorkdale opened in a north Toronto suburban area 1964, it was the world's largest mall. Although it no longer holds that title, Yorkdale is no less impressive a paradise for shopaholics. More than 400,000 customers visit each week, but...  Read More



Travel several km west of Toronto for the spacious Sherway Gardens mall in Etobicoke. Open since 1971, this mall has expanded every decade to include 1,182,000 square feet of retail, with a recent slant to more luxury brand and fashion-conscious...  Read More



The Eaton Centre is eastern Canada's largest shopping mall, and Toronto's top tourist attraction. Each week, the mall plays host to more than 1 million visitors, who come to shop to their hearts' content at more than 230 stores spread across 1.7...  Read More



Queen Street stretches right across Toronto, from east to west. Given its length and the fact that the Queen streetcar makes it possible to travel the street's full distance, it makes sense that Queen Street is dotted with neighbourhoods that...  Read More


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