Being the largest city in Canada, and my hometown, Toronto is emerging as a hotspot to visit or live in. With restaurants of almost every international cuisine, a growing art and theatre scene, and five major sport teams, Toronto is living up to its standards as one of the top financial centers in the world. Additionally, it is also known as one of the top shopping destinations in North America.
1. Downtown: Yorkville/Bloor
Located a block away from each other, Yorkville Avenue and Bloor Street are popular hangout for celebrities and a great area to browse the streets, shop, and dine. On Yorkville Ave., most shops are designer or expensive boutiques, such as Betsey Johnson and Over the Rainbow. However, on Bloor there is a mix of upscale and inexpensive shops. Even though some stores may be pricey, it is always fun to spot celebrities and window shop.
2. Yorkdale Mall
With over 200 stores and services, Yorkdale is one of the top shopping destinations in Toronto. With Yorkdale’s recent expansion, many upscale shops have opened, enhancing the environment. However, the mall offers stores for every spender. If you looking for high-end trendy clothing, check out Holt Renfrew, Mendocino, and Aritzia.
3. Queen Street
Queen Streetis known as an area to find “hip, trendy, cool” shopping. It is compared to SoHo in New York City, which is a trendy shopping area. It is located on between Yonge Street and Bathurst Street. Some of the funky stores located on Queen are Psyche, Price Roman, Magic Pony, and Thrill of the Find.
4. Yonge Street (Between Lawrence Avenue and Eglinton Avenue)
Located in Midtown Toronto, the Yonge Street/Eglinton Avenue area is a trendy strip. This area features clothing boutiques carrying designer labels, sidewalk cafes, specialty food shops, a mall/theatre complex, and some of Toronto’s top restaurants. Some shops located here include Sporting Life, Lululemon, Gap, Club Monaco, and Carbon.
5. Kensington Market
Kensington Market is a distinctive multicultural neighbourhood in Toronto. It is a great place to find vintage clothing, which are sold in shops on the street. The market also sells a variety of meats, produce, and vegetables. It is located west of downtown Toronto, bordered by Spadina Avenue, Dundas Street, Bathurst Street and College Street.