Shopping in Toronto

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St. Lawrence Market entrance

St. Lawrence Market entrance

Joseph Hollick

Planning ahead to visit the best Toronto shopping locations during your trip will give you more time to spend shopping for exactly what interests you most. No matter what your budget is or what your favorite things to buy are, you're sure to enjoy at least one of the following locations:

Toronto Eaton Centre

If architectural beauty is just as essential to your experience as the shopping itself, you'll regret not stopping by the Toronto Eaton Centre. The fourth-largest mall in all of Canada, Toronto Eaton Centre has over 1.7 million square feet of stores and gorgeous skylights that make shopping inside the center almost as pleasant as spending the day outside--or perhaps even more so, when the weather gets chilly. Be sure to take a look at renowned Canadian artist Michael Snow's Canadian geese sculpture, Flight Stop, while you're there.

There are almost 300 stores at the Eaton Centre, including Sears, The Bay, Canadian Tire, Coast Mountain Sports, and Indigo Books and Music. The Eaton Centre is a popular stop for tourists, so expect crowds, but thanks to the five floors of the mall, you'll have plenty of room to move around. Prices are similar to most malls, ranging from bargain deals to more pricey items.

St. Lawrence Market

Head to Old Town Toronto near downtown at Jarvis Street and Front Street. A more relaxed atmosphere than the mall in a beautiful historical location makes shopping at St. Lawrence Market the perfect alternative for those who prefer boutiques, fresh goods and antiques. You'll have over 120 vendors and shops from which to choose. The South Market, which is indoors, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays and has food, crafts and antiques for sale. The North Market is open on weekends. Shoppers looking for fresh food should come on Saturdays, and antiquers should visit on Sundays, when over 80 antique vendors join the fray. Prices range from affordable to expensive, but do expect to spend a bit more than at most stores to support individuals and small businesses.

Chinatown

If you're looking for shopping in Toronto, you won't want to miss your chance to visit the one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. Asian dining and shopping are the highlights of the area, which is located near downtown Toronto. You can also find great deals on clothing. Prices are fairly cheap, unless you want to take home one of the larger pieces of Chinese and Asian-style sculptures or furnishings.

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The Eaton Centre

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Located on Yonge Street and stretching from Dundas south to Queen Street, The Eaton Centre has 285 shops, restaurants and services. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm.

Getting There: Take the Subway to the Dundas or Queen stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina (yellow) line.

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tel:(416) 598-8700
url:www.torontoeatoncentre.com
address:220 Yonge Street

St. Lawrence Market

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St. Lawrence Market entrance
St. Lawrence Market entrance
photo by: Joseph Hollick

Over 50 specialty vendors in Toronto's premier market.  Located at Front and Jarvis, it is the centre of the historic St. Lawrence Neighbourhood, close to the hub of today's downtown. 

One of the 25 best markets in the world, according to Food & Wine magazine

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tel:416.392.7120
url:www.stlawrencemarket.com
address:92 Front Street East
email:market@stlawrencemarket.com

Burlington Mall

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120 stores and services. Open Monday to Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 9:30am-6pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.

Burlington is approximately a half-hour drive west of Toronto, and is not easily accessible by public transit.

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tel:(905) 632-4777
address:777 Guelph Line, Burlington

Kensington Market

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Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Kensington Market is one of the cities most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. Shop for hours in one of the many second hand clothing shops or go upscale and check out Tom's Place for amazing deals on suits. Hungry after all that  shopping? The neighborhood is rammed with ethnic restaurants, from Thai to Peruvian stopping everywhere in between.

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address:just west of Spadina and Dundas West

Freda's

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Freda's offers a unique shopping experience unlike any other boutique. The collections are designed, produced and manufactured in downtown Toronto. They offer a wide variety of ladies clothes from casual, suiting to evening wear from sizes 4 to 20.

Their newly-renovated boutique on the main level offers customers the widest selection of fashionable pieces you won't find anywhere else in the city. Alterations are also done on the premises to ensure optimum quality. Sales personnel are highly knowledgeable to help clients with their selections and help to build a more..

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tel:(416) 703-0304
url:www.fredas.com
address:86 Bathurst Street
email:paulina@fredas.com

Spadina (old Chinatown)

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During the fall and spring seasons, the Old Chinatown (Spadina Street) has enough to do to sieze anyones senses.

Countless markets, asian shops and restaurants will keep you occupied for at least a full afternoon without putting too much of a dent in your wallet.

The sights, sounds, and smells are unforgettable.

Take the Dundas 505 streetcar west from Dundas or St Patrick Stations, the 510 Spadina Streetcar from Union Station or Spadina Station to Spadina and Dundas.

Kensington Market is also nearby, a short walk north on Spadina more..

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