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.
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.
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.
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.
From strappy sandals and classic pumps to golf shoes and flip-flops, Ecco Shoes is a chain of shoe stores which has it all. The shoes here range from trendy and formal to elegant footwear to casual shoes to wear at home. Small handbag, totes, travel bags and mens' bags can also be found here as well as shoe-related accessories.
Owned by Linda Perisa, 119 Corbo located in Yorkville expertly curates a stylish designer collection for women. Those who put their trust in labels will delight at the amazing range of apparel and accessories at this spacious store, carrying classic designs by Yves Saint Laurent in the same space where they store more contemporary collections by designers like Miu Miu. Whether you covet a White Ravenax dress by Isabel Marant, or wish to add a dash of classic chic to your wardrobe with Stella McCartney's Tuxedo Pants, 119 Corbo offers you an enviable range to satisfy your sartorial whims.
Eclectisaurus is a retail store that buys and sells antique and vintage furnishings. You can also find art glass, clothing, accessories, jewelry, textiles, books, ephemera, ceramics, kitchenware, appliances, vintage technology and miscellaneous goods. Eclectisaurus has been in operation since 1998. Do check it out when in the city.
Visit the Metropolis Living Factory Store on Ronald Avenue and look through its rich collection of home furniture and decoration. The shop sells vintage products that will add to your living space. The collection comprises of chairs, varieties of tables, lamps and antique cabinets and mail-boxes that can used for storage. They also offer custom services.