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Toronto is a city of neighborhoods. Each has a little downtown of its own, with shops, grocers, salons and dry cleaners. Shopping in Toronto varies along a spectrum that includes dollar and thrift stores all the way to high end designer boutiques.
Depending on your style there is a Toronto Shopping neighborhood, you just have to know where to look. Find out where to shop when you travel to Toronto.
These are Five Neighborhoods You Should Know When Shopping In Toronto
Bloor Street – this is Toronto’s Rodeo Drive, it’s Madison Avenue. Designer boutiques line the sidewalk from Yonge to Avenue along Bloor Street West. You can find everything from Canada’s high end department store Holt Renfrew, Prada, Chanel and Gucci. Yorkville is directly behind Bloor Street and is full of independent boutiques. Many carry designer labels as well, but others are chain stores like Anthropologie, Diesel and Free People.
West Queen West – I am not sure if Queen Street or Yonge Street has more boutiques per square feet but this particular stretch of Queen West has great selection of shopping. Mostly independent boutiques with everything from Vintage Wedding gowns to designer resale, party and even some super affordable trendy shops, there is something for everyone. Queen has more to the West in Parkdale and to the East all the way to Leslieville and the Beach.
The Danforth – The East side of Toronto has a different vibe than the rest of the city. It’s a smaller town, a bit more “granola”, but still has great shops. Plus the further east you go across the Danforth you hit Greektown. No wonder there are boutiques with a heavy European influence here.
The Eglinton Way – The shops tend to be pricier than in the last two neighbourhoods I mentioned but sometimes it is fun to just walk around admiring luxury. Special occasion dresses, kids and bakeries tend to be the norm. Plus you can find one of Toronto’s top maternity boutiques on the Eglinton Way.
The Eaton Center, Yorkdale & the Shops at Don Mills – I hate to send people to the mall when in Toronto, but sometimes you just need a fix. Both the Eaton Center and Yorkdale are currently undergoing major renovations and adding all sorts of new stores. Yorkdale is notoriously more upscale, whereas the Eaton Center is downtown and has more of a mix of price points. The Shops at Don Mills is a different concept for a Toronto Mall, it is all outside. Lovely to walk around and has a great mix of restaurants. Even in the winter there is incentive to visit because there is an outdoor skating rink.
Thanks Jane for sharing your expert shopping tips with Travel Fashion Girl! Now we know exactly where to go when shopping Toronto!
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Author Bio: Jane is the founder of Toronto Shopoholic, one shopaholic’s guide to shopping in Toronto neighbourhood by neighbourhood. She is also a personal style blogger and shares her favourite trends at torontoshopoholicblog.com.
As a first timer to Toronto, next week, I appreciated this guide to neighborhood shopping. Hoping to find some uniquely Canadian goods.
Thanks Jen, have fun!
I find one needs a lot of patience for Kensington, but it is a haven for 2nd hand goods at rock bottom prices. If you’re after vintage though, I second Ossington and Dundas West, there’s so much goodness there. Queen East has opened up a lot (especially between Broadview and Woodbine) and there’s also College and Cabbagetown.
Kensington does have lots of Vintage, but I always seem to do better at the ones on Dundas West and Ossington. Toronto actually has been writting up internationally as having amazing vintage shopping!
Hi Jane, thanks for the update – Vintage is always amazing! 🙂
If you’re into 2nd hand shops definitely check out Kensington Market! You’re sure to always have good luck! 🙂
Thanks for the tip 🙂