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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  • 1. 401 Richmond

    Queen West | Art Galleries

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

  • 2. Bergstrom Originals

    Leslieville | Clothing

    The wearability and quality of Christina Bergstrom's bold and bright designs is so evident, that the items practically leap off the racks. Slip...Read More

  • 3. Courage My Love

    Kensington Market | Clothing

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

  • 4. Durumi and Chocolate Shoes


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

  • 5. Gadabout

    Leslieville | Clothing

    This antique shop is a rummager's paradise. The walls groan under 1950s salt n' pepper shakers, snake skin handbags, costume jewelry, Hudson...Read More

  • 6. George C

    Yorkville | Clothing

    If you're put off by the anonymous uniformity of the big designers along Bloor, but you have some money to spend and want a touch of originality...Read More

  • 7. GotStyle

    Distillery District | Clothing

    This Torontonian start-up has hit the nail on the head, providing stylish clothes—Tiger of Sweden, Tom Baker and John Varvatos—to the thousands...Read More

  • 8. Gravity Pope

    West Queen West | Clothing

    This Canadian chain, frequented by dressers-in-the-know, has an impressive selection that includes Paul Smith, Commme des Garçons, and Reigning...Read More

  • 9. Harry Rosen

    Yorkville | Clothing

    This miniature department store is dedicated to the finest men's fashions, with designers such as Hugo Boss, Armani, and Zegna. The casual section...Read More

  • 10. Holt Renfrew

    Yorkville | Department Store

    This multilevel national retail specialty store is the style leader in Canada. It is the headquarters for Burberry, Canali, Chanel, Donna Karan...Read More

  • 11. Hugo Nicholson

    Yorkville | Clothing

    The selection of evening wear by Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Alaia, Carolina Herrera, Alexander McQueen and more is vast and exclusive...Read More

  • 12. John Fluevog

    Distillery District | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Fluevog's funky shoes look their best in this barely converted high-ceilinged industrial space. The building was once the distillery boiler...Read More

  • 13. Kate Spade

    Yorkville | Clothing

    Bright, optimistic, and youthful, Spade's sophisticated, fun designs really "pop" in this white-washed, rehabbed property at the corner of Old...Read More

  • 14. Kid Icarus

    Kensington Market | Other Specialty Store

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

  • 15. Lady Mosquito

    West Queen West | Jewelry & Watches

    Chunky necklaces in eye-popping colors cover the walls of this Peruvian accessories shop. Bright felt brooches, dangly earrings, and embroidered...Read More

  • 16. Mountain Equipment Co-op

    Entertainment District | Sporting Goods

    MEC (rhymes with "check"), the much-beloved Toronto spot for anyone remotely interested in camping, sells wares for minor and major expeditions...Read More

  • 17. Pink Tartan

    Yorkville | Clothing

    Ontario-born designer Kimberly Newport-Mimran opened this, her flagship store, in 2011 after selling her sophisticated sportswear in high-end...Read More

  • 18. Putti

    Rosedale | Antiques & Collectibles

    This home-wares shop is very romantic, and very turn-of-the-century. Everywhere you look, you'll see antiques, reproduction furniture, and home...Read More

  • 19. Roots

    Yorkville | Clothing

    Canadians' favorite leather jackets, bags, and basics come from this two-story flagship store. With the Olympic notariety and the fact that...Read More

  • 20. Rotate This

    West Queen West | Music

    Music buyers in the know come here for underground and independent music from Canada, the United States, and beyond. It has CDs, LPs, some magazines...Read More

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