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.
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.
The Hudson's Bay Queen Street is a collection of buildings built between 1896 and 1969. The Romanesque Revival building is now a shopping complex and consists of a number of retail, electronic and other stores as well as a food court. Popular brands at the center include Burberry, Foodwares, Olsen, Hugo Boss and Pandora among many others. All the stores have attractive displays, be sure that you will not go back with your hands or stomach empty.
Go hunting for vintage treasures at Mrs. Huizenga antique shop located at the end of Roncesvalles Avenue. This spacious shop is equipped with all that you need to fill your life and home with unique, one-of-a-kind home decor items and collectibles, and on a regular day, you will see a range of items tumbling out of this earthy treasure trove. From a vintage chaise that belongs to another era, and an ornately embroidered carpet, to retro salt and pepper shakers, trinkets, dolls, and heavily bound hardcover books, find an incredible variety to choose from. Mrs. Huizenga also sells beautiful mid-century furniture and original upholstery items.
Sonic Boom serves as a second home to music-lovers of all kinds, particularly to vinyl aficionados as it has the best record selection in the city. After moving their vinyl section from the back of the store to the basement and simultaneously creating a stage for free all-ages shows, it jumped to the forefront of must-visit stores for any indie music fan looking for a rare find or a great recommendation. The staff is helpful and friendly, which is a nice change from the pretentious attitude that is sometimes displayed at other record stores in the city. Open late every day, swing by to sell your used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, videogames, and even videotapes.
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.
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.
Rabba Fine Foods is a one stop location for all your daily grocery shopping needs. From fresh flowers, to ready-made food products such as sandwiches and sushi, this supermarket has it all. One can also buy freshly baked bread and other bakery items here, in addition to chocolates, pickles and your other canned foods. The highlight of this store is that it is open 24/7, making it a convenient place to stop by for some last minute shopping.
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.