Eaton Centre is a must visit place in Toronto. Even if you have no desire to shop, make sure to at least look around this six million square foot glass-roofed arcade. Located between Dundas and Queen on Yonge Street, it is as exquisite as it is vast. With five levels, over 320 stores and restaurants, you will need more than a day to make your way through this shopping wonderland. The center is conveniently sandwiched between two subway stations and is steps away from many of Toronto's hottest attractions.
Just one street over from this trendy strip is the Ontario College of Art and Design, Queen Street West is one of the top shopping streets in the city. When young artists graduated and were desperate for cash, they would bring their treasures here to sell. Soon small shops stuffed with unique items began popping up on Queen Street West. Today, you can still find unusual gifts from cool clothing to antique comics either in the stores or from one of the many friendly street vendors. It's also a hot spot for restaurants and bars such as the Epicure Cafe, the Rivoli and the Queen Mother Cafe.
At 1.6 million square feet (148,645 square metres), Yorkdale Shopping Centre is one among the largest shopping centers in Canada. Shopaholics will be thrilled to find more than 250 of Toronto's most fashionable stores at their disposal to hunt for some of the best apparel and accessories. Its year round customer service programs include gift wrapping, free strollers and wheelchairs, faxing service, valet parking and car cleaning, external security patrols and a lost and found service.
The Fairview Mall, in the North York area of Toronto, truly lives up to the one-stop shop tag most shopping centers are given. It is sprawled over a grand area of 80,000 square meters (861,113 square feet). Apart from the usual designer stores like Aldo, Calvin Klein, HMV and Sephora, it houses stores selling electronic equipment, gifting items and firms offering services such as a dentist's office. Shop for jewelry at Swarovski or Glitz Jewellery, then stop for a quick snack at Taco Bell or Mac's Sushi. Visitors can also watch a movie at the cinema within the premises. So for those magical bags of goodies, give those credit cards a rub at the Fairview Mall.
Tom's Place is where the fashionable man should head if he seeks designer clothing and accessories without breaking the bank. The staff at this boutique offers personalized attention and guides shoppers regarding the correct fabric, pattern and fit that will best flatter their figures. It boasts of more than 10,000 varieties of suits and blazers. After customers choose a suit, they are guided to select the right dress shirt, tie, cufflinks and socks to create a complete wardrobe for the career-oriented modern man.
Gravitypope is one of the most famous shoe brands in Canada with designer boutiques in all major cities of the country. Designed by Peter Turner, the chic interiors sets the mood for luxury shopping. This three-story boutique is replete with original furnishing, lighting and fixtures from the 16th Century right upto the Art Deco movement in the early 20th Century. The boutique itself is like a fashion and art gallery with ornate vintage cabinets, lacquered tables, golden vitrines, a royal mohair couch and an Art Deco-styled staircase. It sells elegant footwear for every need and occasion, men's and women's and also stocks a collection of handbags.
The Holt Renfrew specialty store carries exclusive designer fashions comparable to Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy's in the United States. The chain began early as a hat shop in Quebec City, Canada. You can browse through the private Holt Renfrew collection to find stuff that will still set you apart.
This "modern-living center" offers an arcade of shops and restaurants open to all and an apartment complex above for people to live in the downtown area at the corner of Bloor and Bay. With bookstores, wine shops and a variety of stores geared for urban living, the shopping concourse has something for everyone. Also worth enjoying is the Panorama Lounge and Restaurant, on the 51st floor with a view of the city that is second to none.
For those who love socializing and inviting friends and serve meals in a grand style, William Ashley China is the perfect option. Add more elegance to your kitchen and dining table with the varied selection of chinaware, crystal sets and flatware. If not for your home, you are sure to pick an ideal set for your loved one. Also check out the corporate gift collections including boardroom essentials, desk accessories, photo-frames, candle-holders and fragile figurines to name a few. So head to this place to own one of these delicate beauties. The store on Bloor Street is located within the Manulife Centre.
With hundreds of books under one roof, Indigo Books & Music is a perfect place for book lovers. Indigo is one of the largest book retailers in Canada and has several stores across the country. They have books for everyone covering several genres such as fiction, non fiction, self help, literature, sci-fi, history, biographies and many more. Besides this, they also store excellent books for children and teenagers. In addition to best sellers expect rare books here. You can also shop for music toys, games and much more. Check their website for a comprehensive book list. Drop in to buy a book that you have been looking for.
You know how they say that a pair of shoes can make or break an outfit, so swing by David's Footwear to guarantee that your ensemble is a hit. There are a ton of designer shoes for both men and women, with designers ranging from Christian Louboutin to Hugo Boss. Classiness at its finest, even the pickiest shoe shopper will fall in love over and over again at David's Footwear.
This garment store was opened by Harry Rosen and his brother Lou, they were committed to providing good quality clothing to their customers. One finds a number of labels like Lacoste, Zegna Sport, Burberry and Andrew Marc. From stylish suits for executives to casual clothing for everyday wear, the merchandise caters to the needs of everyone. Expect the latest styles, patterns and colors as the raging trends are incorporated in the clothing available here. Seasonal sales offer branded clothing for irresistible prices.