Toronto shopping can be as diverse as the population in Toronto. Shoppers flock to various areas in Toronto to satisfy a variety of shopping needs. Toronto is most definitely a supreme destination for shopping.
Whether looking for high-end couture fashion as that found in Yorkville and along Toronto's famous Bloor Street or something eclectic and trendy as in fashion districts as Queen Street West; there are shopping opportunities in Toronto to satisfy all.
Toronto Mall Shopping
Mall shopping is a popular pastime in Toronto. There are five major malls in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). These malls have many of the same stores, retaining enough variance that some shoppers may visit more than one mall in the same shopping adventure.
Eaton Centre is the Mecca of malls in Toronto and is found in the heart of downtown Toronto. It provides a shoppers' smorgasbord when it comes to variety of franchised boutiques, kiosks, and couture shopping stores housed in its five levels. Eaton Centre offers neatly organized food courts on either end sandwiched by department stores. The shops trend from luxury outlets on the upper levels to more general affordable shops on the lower levels.
Yonge Street which borders the east side of the Eaton Centre can take a shopper all the way from Front Street at the south end of the city right up past Bloor Street. As the shopper heads across Bloor Street they will encounter many international couture boutiques and designer stores selling everything from clothing and accessories, to jewelry, cosmetics, and home accessories.
Toronto Market Shopping
Markets also find their way into Toronto's shopping scene. The Kensington market is open all week and has an outdoor component in the warmer summer months, although there are many specific stores shoppers go to achieve their finds any time of the year.
Queen Street West brings with it an eclectic trendy youthful shopping experience. Heading one street south to King Street West enters the Fashion District, which is a paradise for the fashionista and clothing diva. Stores upon stores of fabric, and other dressmaker accessories can be bargained for here.
Spadina Avenue offers many ethnic stores with an Asian flair. While heading south to Queen's Quay brings the shopper to a tourist haven and a beautiful waterfront. Here you will find a spattering of artists and lots of activity during the summer months. The Harbourfront area hosts many multicultural events with shopping markets offering goods appropriate to the celebration.
The St. Lawrence Market can be found north east of the Harbourfront. With most of its activity on Saturday mornings, the market is open all week for produce and other goods, as well as a flea market shoppers can enjoy on Saturdays and Sundays.
As you continue northeast from the St Lawrence Market taking Yonge street north to Richmond Avenue there are many stores for home furnishings, art, restaurant and interior décor suppliers.
Many high-end designer furnishings can be found in this area. Along Front Street you will also find a Christmas store that is open year round. Not surprisingly the store is named just that, 'The Christmas Store'.
East to Parliament along the lakeshore, Toronto shoppers enjoy the quirky touristy area of the Toronto Distillery district. Having been a distillery from 1837 till 1997, this quaint area has kept much of that charm while bringing a variety of boutiques and art venues for your shopping enjoyment.
New to the city, just north of downtown we find a new outdoor mall. This concept was brought to fruition to celebrate the outdoors and has the same feel of Mizner Park in Toronto.
At this new destination and Yorkville there are also exclusive specialty grocery stores to be found for those wanting organic grain fed, free range, cuts of meat, some of the finest baked goods available, along with out-of-season fruits and vegetables.
Shoppers can walk the streets of Avenue Road or Yonge Street for a distance of two subway stops and find a range of stores. South into the city, Toronto shoppers can find a variety of shops at St. Clair and Bathurst. This area of shopping is also quite the find and offers a pleasant atmosphere to spend a summer afternoon.
Toronto Grocery stores are abundant throughout the city. Of course there are the major chains, each with their own brands of goods along with the regulars. Most are open daily with posted store hours, however there are Metro stores open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. One will find it hard to go hungry in this city.
If shopping for appliances or electronics, Toronto has a couple of popular mega stores to facilitate those needs throughout the city, along with a number of franchised retail outlets.
Costco stores are abundant throughout Toronto. With bulk and discount buying, Costco is a very popular choice to members of the chain and visitors may apply for a day pass.
The 'big box' stores are often clustered with outlets nearby. These are typically found closer to the suburban areas of the Greater Toronto Area.
As you can imagine shopping is as diverse in Toronto as the city itself and there is almost nothing that can't be found in the many malls, stores and outlets within the city.