The 'Food & Wine' magazine placed the St. Lawrence Market among the 25 best markets in the world. You won't find a better place in the town for fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. Not to mention exotic foods from every ethnic corner. The historic St. Lawrence neighbourhood also has over 50 vendors offering some of the best delicatessens and restaurants in the city, with a wide range of speciality foods, deli meats, fish and seafood, baked goods and gourmet teas and coffees. Opening hours differ for the farmers market and south market.
Known in the 1930s as the Jewish Market, Kensington today is an awesome display of the city's multi-ethnicity. Here you will find shops packed with products from Europe, Middle East, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia and you will hear dozens of languages spoken. A visit to this neighborhood is like taking a trip around the world! With more than 100 shops in all selling everything from second-hand clothing to fresh produce, from exotic pastries to art objects and furniture, you won't go away empty-handed.
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.
Dr. Flea's Flea Market is touted to be the largest of its kind in the city. This weekend market was established in 1987 and features an indoor and outdoor shopping area. From collectibles to cosmetics, home products to clothing, comic books to records and food stalls to farmer's market, there is plenty to shop about. You will also find nail salons, hairdressers, bakeries, poultry and delis. With more than 400 vendors, you will get some great bargain deals here.
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.
The search for good, fresh fruits and vegetable ends here at St. Lawrence Market North building. The two-century-old market is especially known for its farmers market and it also houses an antique market where you can pick someone of the best artifacts for your friends and family while visiting the city. In the festive season the market sells some of the best Christmas decorations from mid-November to December.
Cumberland Terrace is a small 70s mall located in the trendy Yorkville neighborhood of the city. Now overtaken by big shopping complexes with even bigger brands all around, this place is good for a quick stroll to find something you may like, or to have a quick meal in their food court. One can find a Tibetan store selling knick knacks here, as well as a toy store, shoe stores, as well as a Swarovski outlet.
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.