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.
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.
Chic shops and posh restaurants like Sassafraz and Yamato Japanese Restaurant, and the perpetually crowded sidewalk cafes make Bloor-Yorkville a quaint spot for those with expensive tastes. During the evening, wrought-iron lampposts light your way as you dip into art galleries, cocktail lounges and tiny boutiques selling haute couture. The area is frequented by celebrities, so you never know whom you will bump into next.
Although there are several Chinese districts in the Greater Toronto area, including the Don Valley Chinatown East, purists still refer to this one as the main Chinatown. On wide streets lined with bright lights, shops sell everything from medicinal herbs to take-out kung po gai ding. While some of the small shops hold form to more traditional ways, the Dragon City Shopping Mall at Dundas and Spadina is the ultimate East meets West shopping experience. The district is also restaurant rich and although some of them may look daunting to the uninitiated, the food is invariably excellent.
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.
Sotheby's Art Shop has a collection of interesting paintings and sculptures from Canada that makes this place one of the prime stores for art. Sotheby's also provides consultancy to its clients as does it assist them proffer business in other continents. Most of the paintings here have a propensity towards colonial era in Canada. However, both Fine Art and Contemporary Art have a good auction market through Sotheby's.
Located in the upscale Yorkville area, this gallery is unique in that it specializes in antique prints that go all the way back to the 14th Century. Among these are sets of botanical etchings and engravings, natural history prints including John Gould's 1875 Birds of New Guinea, sporting prints and even rare antique erotica in print and book form. All prints are imported directly from England and the gallery is the exclusive distributor of Isle of Wight glassware.
On the outskirts of Yorkville is Avenue Road running North from Bloor Street and across the road from the Royal Ontario Museum. Follow this road and you'll be accosted with high end clothing, accessories, cars and groceries. However, once you reach the crescent shaped area where Avenue meets Davenport, visitors will find the city's collection of art galleries and flower shops with their roses, daisies and lilies overflowing onto the sidewalk. In fact, anything considered classically beautiful can be found along this area, Haute Couturiers including Inez Di Santo Bridal, and Paperbag Princess' vintage designs can be found next to Whole Foods, and Rolls Royce.
Feel like you've stepped into the French countryside when you visit this Toronto shop. Featuring fine French linens, tableware, and home decor, the simple white washed beauty of these items are sure to add the perfect finishing touch to your home. Personal fragrances, ornate jewelry, and delicate children's clothing and toys can also be found here. Find stunning antique glass lamps, and ostrich feather throws to cozy up your living room or pearl napkin rings and silver serving platters to wow your dinner guests. You're sure to find something that strikes your fancy.
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.