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Best streets for shopping in Toronto.

Jun 7, 2009  Love to explore different streets in Toronto.
5.0 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

Whenever I am having a conversation regarding the subject of travel, people seem to agree that it is quite common that visitors like to shop when they spend time in a city. Regardless if you are going on an all out shopping spree, or just need to get a few souvenirs to bring back home, here are a few suggestions of a variety of streets to go shopping in Toronto.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Toronto
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Eglinton Avenue

    There is a great line up of stores on Eglinton Avenue West. Many of the stores granted, are on the higher end, but there is something here for everyone. If you are looking for something special in the area of clothing, or for a gift for someone ..this is a lovely area to spend an afternoon. There are shoe stores, a fabulous jewellery store than has one of the biggest selections of beaded jewellery I have seen anywhere, there is a fantastic deli where you can have lunch or pick up some stuff to bring home with you. There are also fashion stores, a furniture store, home accessory stores, and so much more. Although, a little off the beaten path, if you like shopping on a street that has unique and extremely good quality merchandise, you will enjoy Eglinton. Although, there is not a whole lot of information on the net, if you head for Eglinton and Avenue Road, you will find this area.

  • 2. The Danforth
    http://thedanforth.ca/

    The Danforth is another great area in Toronto to go shopping. This area is also known to the locals as Greektown, and the abundance of Greek restaurants on this street will attest to that. But there are not only restaurants here, there are several stores that you won't find anywhere else. There is a store that sells only water from all over the world, there is a great candy store, shoe stores, flower shops, a bridal shop, clothes stores and home accessory stores. Every summer this street turns into a lively area during what is called "A Taste of the Danforth."

  • 3. Bloor Street and Yorkville
    http://www.bloor-yorkville.com/

    Bloor Street and Yorkville is a very popular area of Toronto to go shopping. It is one of the more trendy spots in the city, attracting a higher end cliental. And during the Toronto Film Festival, it is not out of the ordinary to find famous people walking along the streets. The Yorkville area is very pretty, with narrow, tree lined streets, where all kinds of boutiques can be found, as well as cafes and all sorts of other interesting stores. There is a fabulous store called Over the Rainbow, where there is a large selection of men and women's jeans, and other clothes. There is an exclusive bridal boutique, called White Toronto, where you will find higher end wedding dresses by designers such as Vera Wang. There is a mall in Yorkville, called Hazelton Lanes that has several high end clothing stores, shoe stores, a grocery store, a pharmacy to name a few. On the Bloor Street side, there are several flagship stores such as Banana Republic, Pottery Barn, Holt Renfrew, Sephora, and Mac to name a few. There are also quite a few exclusive stores ..like Chanel, Hermes, Tiffany and Gucci. Definitely bring extra cash if you plan to shop in this area of Toronto!

  • 4. Queen Street West
    http://www.showmetoronto.com/toronto_tour_queen_st_west.htm

    Many visitors that come to Toronto enjoy shopping along Queen Street West. It is a very vibrant area, where you will not only find visitors, you will find locals shopping there as well. There are several men's and women's clothing stores, that carry everything from vintage, to the latest cutting edge styles. There is a wonderful fashion store on Queen Street that features a Canadian designer's creations. And there are several vintage clothing stores as well. You will also come across street vendors selling jewellery, art, and t shirts. On Queen Street West, you will find a mix of just about everything Toronto has to offer. There are the usual type stores like The Gap, Lululemon, Club Monaco, American Apparel, and there are some very unique stores you will just not find anywhere else in the city, other than on Queen. For example, one boutique sells Shabby Chic items for the home, one sells modern home accessories, another sells all natural cosmetics from the Dead Sea. There's no denying the stores on Queen Street are a combination of chic, shabby, trendy, and vintage.

  • 5. Spadina Avenue

    Spadina Avenue, between Dundas and Front Street is also known as the Fashion District. Although, that may sound glamorous, it really isn't. That is not to say you won't find some amazing merchandise and bargains here. If you have the time and patience to sort through some of the outlet stores here, you will be able to get some great stuff, for cheap prices.

  • 6. Yonge Street
    http://www.downtownyonge.com/

    Probably the most famous street in Toronto, is Yonge Street. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of stores, on Yonge Street. They range from everything from high end, to bargain basement prices.The most talked about mall in Toronto, The Toronto Eaton Centre, can also be found on Yonge Street. It is not only a mall, it is a tourist attraction, and more often than not the Eaton Centre is open, when other retail stores and malls will be closed. And that is mainly due to the fact that it is deemed a tourist attraction. I believe it is only closed two or three days a year. Many of the stores on Yonge Street are also open seven days a week, and some of these stores are also open in the evening. No visit to Toronto would be complete, without a visit to Yonge Street.

  • 7. Mount Pleasant

    There is a street in Toronto called Mount Pleasant Road, that is a lovely little area to spend a morning or afternoon. The nice thing about shopping on this street, is for the most part it is not nearly as busy as other shopping areas of the city. There are clothing stores, antique stores, home accessory stores and that is just to name a few. if you like shopping on a street that is a little off the beaten path and that offers unique stores, I would recommend checking out this street.

  • 8. Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue
    Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

    Kensington Market is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon when you're in Toronto. There is a variety of vintage clothing shops, boutiques that sell hand made t shirts, memorabilia and other funky little shops. There are also many fruit and vegetable markets and a fabulous cheese store. There are restaurants too if you want to stop for lunch or dinner.