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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East and West of City Center 48

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West Queen West and Ossington 23

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Greater Toronto 15

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More than 50 artisans and purveyors display their wares in mini 4-by-4 spaces where vintage collections rub shoulders with meditation...

Drake General Store

  • Local Specialties

Only-in-Canada gifts like Mountie napkins, Hudson Bay Company wool blankets, totem-pole stacking mugs, super-soft Toronto-made Shared...

Kid Icarus

  • Books/Stationery

At this old-school printing company, you'll find a range of very cool retro designs including band posters (Devo!) and event commemorations...

Morba

  • Ceramics/Glassware

Mad for teak? This double-fronted shop is stuffed with Scandinavian furniture and lighting (especially white, papery Le Klint from Denmark)...

Swipe Design Books & Objects

  • Toys

Books on advertising, art, and architecture—from green homes to an ode to sans-serif typefaces—pack the shelves of this aesthetically...

TIFF Shop

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

This sleek little gift shop, located at the cinematic HQ of the Toronto International Film Festival, the TIFF Bell Lightbox, stocks an...

Textile Museum Shop

  • Crafts

Tucked away on the second floor of the already hidden Textile Museum, this shop is one of the city's best-kept secrets and an absolute...

The Centre Shop

  • Crafts

You'll find plenty of locally made crafts and very clever design objects, including glass pieces blown in Harbourfront's own studios,...

redLetter

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Pretty tea sets and tiered pastry stands lure romantics into this gift shop, but push past the china and you'll find cool desk sets,...

shopAGO

  • Household Items/Furniture

The store attached to the Art Gallery of Ontario has an overwhelming selection of curiosities, from books on maximal architecture to...

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