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Hello can we talk? Not only will you find the best shops are in T.O. but it’s the sheer array of stores from those American big box (you know who they are ;-) ) to eclectic boites that serve to please the discerning shopper.
My favourite retail haunt has been around Yorkville’s Mink Mile. This tony stretch is located east of the Royal Ontario Museum on Bloor Street West until you hit Bay Street. There are plenty of RTW shops from the likes of Prada, Chanel, Cole Haan and for the guys Harry Rosen or Rolex.
Holt Renfrew, Canada’s answer to Barneys or Saks, has been catering to the high brow set ever since the days of Queen Victoria. Find the newest and chicest labels on these ritzy floors of high-end retail. For those who don’t have the time or need some shopping tips, try their personal shopper service. Valet parking available at the end of the week also helps.
If it’s shopping in the newer contemporary retail concept shops that catches your eye then hit the new hr2 at Vaughan Mills. Holt Renfrew’s sibling shop opened in spring and mixes those mid-priced labels with discounted seasonal designer wear in an unfrilly setting that’s fresh and unpretentious.
Toronto is a city for fashion and shopping lovers. Whether you are a fan of the high-end or love a good bargain, the city has everything from the chic to the eclectic. There are tons of places to shop in Toronto; here are a few favorites.
The Eaton’s Centre is a large mall in the heart of downtown Toronto. With more than 230 retailers, this is a place with something for everyone. This is also a spot with tons of food, with an array of fast food chains, as well as restaurants like Joey and Mr. Greenjeans.
Bloor-Yorkville is the place where fashionistas unite. This is where you’ll find all the high-end designers like Chanel, Prada and Hermes. But, you’ll also see a few shops that are more affordable like Gap, H&M, Smart Set and Winners. If you're looking for something new, you're likely to come across a few boutiques from Canadian designers.
Situated in the Annex, Honest Ed’s has a big place in the hearts of Torontonians. This is a must-see for tourists of the city -- it’s huge at 16,000 square feet, has everything from kitchen accessories to clothes, and it’s all a great bargain. The store first opened in 1948 and still has a few pieces of its history, like their signature hand-painted signs.
Kensington Market is an eclectic spot in Toronto that has great vintage boutiques. Aside from the clothes, you’ll also find retro furniture stores and diverse food markets. Kensington Market also hosts street festivals like Pedestrian Sundays in the summer and Festival of Lights in the winter.