Toronto Shopping

Toronto prides itself on having some of the finest shopping in North America. Indeed, most of the world's name boutiques have branches here, especially in the Yorkville area, where you can find such luxury labels as Chanel, Prada, and Cartier. For those a little leaner of wallet, you can join in one of Torontonians' favorite pastimes: bargain hunting. Locals wear discount threads like badges

of honor and stretch their dollar at Winners—where overstocked and liquidated designer pieces and last-season fashions are slashed to a fraction of their original retail prices.

Toronto has a large arts-and-crafts community, with numerous art galleries, custom jewelers, clothing designers, and artisans. Sophisticated glass sculpture and Inuit art are ideal as gifts or for your own home. A few record stores are still going strong despite the dominance of digital music. The survivors’ trump card has been focused inventory and knowledgeable staff—head to Rotate This for alterative and indie music or Atelier Grigorian for classical and jazz. Bookstores such as Indigo have lounge areas where you can sip a coffee from the in-store café while perusing books by Canadian authors such as Alice Munro, Ann-Marie MacDonald, and Rohinton Mistry; don’t miss favorite independent Book City.

When it comes to department stores, all roads lead to Holt Renfrew on Bloor Street West, the epicenter of Toronto's designer shopping. A mere block east is the more mid-price department store The Bay. A second Bay can be found across from Eaton Centre, a sprawling shopping complex with multilevel parking in the heart of the city.

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401 Richmond

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Packed with galleries, a couple of interesting shops and a decent cafe, this beautifully refurbished industrial building is an essential...

Abraham's Trading Inc.

  • Antiques/Collectibles

Indicative of a Queen West long gone, the most remarkable thing about Abraham's is that somehow it survives. Hand-written signs snarl...

Bau-Xi Gallery

  • Art Galleries

Paul Wong, an artist and dealer from Vancouver, started this gallery, which is directly across the street from the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Black Market

  • Clothing

Deternined vintage buffs hunt through the racks of band T-shirts, faded jeans, worn shoes, and biker jackets in this cavernous basement.

Boomer

  • Clothing

One of the best-kept secrets of Toronto men brings together tasteful yet trendy slim-fitting suitings and separates that appeals to fashion...

Bungalow

  • Household Items/Furniture

Teak tables, chairs, and cabinets give this vintage shop the feel of a strangely cavernous 1970s bungalow. Organized racks are filled...

Courage My Love

  • Clothing

The best and longest-running vintage store in Kensington Market is crammed with the coolest retro stuff, from sunglasses to sundresses,...

Durumi and Chocolate Shoes

  • Clothing

Delicate, pretty, and totally with-it , the two-boutique combo of Durumi Apparel and Chocolate Shoes makes for a perfect browsing and...

Fashion Crimes

  • Clothing

Part romantic, part funk, this Queen West haven of glam party dresses and dreamy designs has a display case packed full of elegant baubles...

Getoutside

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

There are styles for men and women, including Hunter wellies, Birkenstock sandals, Sperry top-siders, and a great selection of Laurentian...

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