Your Toronto Neighbourhood Shopping Guide
We’ve put together a list of Toronto neighbourhoods that have become shopping hubs, both for visitors and locals.
Nestled between Avenue Road, Bloor Street (aka the Mink Mile), Yonge Street and Davenport Road, the Yorkville neighbourhood is synonymous with luxe shopping and high-end dining. You’ll find everything from designer dog attire to posh fashion and even glamorous grocery brands and the trendiest fitness centres and workout classes. In between exclusive eateries, boutique stores line the narrow streets of Yorkville Village, their shop windows filled with couture handbags, shoes and clothing from designers such as Michael Kors, Stella McCartney, Badgley Mischka and many others. In addition to highly sought-after brand labels, expect concierge services, from restaurant reservations to assistance booking car services. As a fun bonus, you just might encounter some celebrity sightings, A-listers, musicians and sports stars love to be seen in Yorkville.
The largest mall in eastern Canada and one of the most popular high-end shopping venues in Toronto, the Eaton Centre on Yonge Street draws millions of visitors a year to its 330+ stores and restaurants. Whether you’re looking for specialty goods like Canada Goose or trendy styles at shops like Roots or Coach, there’s a little something for every taste.
Just outside of the Eaton Centre, the unique stores along Yonge Street are as diverse as the city itself. For example, Axiom Women’s Wear, in the Yonge and Wellesley area, is a local favourite for comfortable, fashionable clothing that range from casual to nightlife looks.
One of the city’s most eclectic neighbourhoods, Kensington Market stretches between Dundas, Spadina, College and Bathurst Streets, and boasts an assortment of vintage, retro and boho chic boutiques along its pedestrian-friendly streets. You’ll also find specialized groceries and super fun fusion cafes and bars, like Jamaican/Italian Rasta Pasta. Home chefs looking for the perfect seasoning should check out House of Spice for its wide selection of international spices.
Trendy Queen Street West draws visitors to the captivating street art in Graffiti Alley, stylish boutique hotels, cozy brunch spots and pop-up galleries. With a legacy of diversity in community and culture, it’s no wonder that Queen West remains one of Toronto’s most vibrant destinations with all the latest trends and styles. The area is known for specialty shops featuring local designers and artisans. Check out the brand name purses at the Fashionably Yours Designer Consignment. Coal Miners Daughter is a boutique that specializes in clothing from Canadian designers. Visit Mini Mioche for ethically made kids clothes. And don’t miss The Cure Apothecary, FAWN, Drake General Store and the ever-changing creative inventory in the Toronto Designers Market. With a wide selection of attire, accessories, jewellery, handbags, shoes and more, you won’t leave empty-handed.
Home to the historic St. Lawrence Market and extending to the Distillery Heritage District, Old town was Toronto’s original merchant neighbourhood. The district is loosely bounded between Queen, Church, Parliament, Jarvis and Front Streets, and proudly displays its rich history in design and architecture. With quaint art galleries, impressive public sculptures, specialized boutiques, theaters and concert venues, Old Town is the new, hip place to see and be seen. And the shopping hauls in the area will not disappoint. If you love shoes, check out the selections at Fluevog. Hoi Bo is another gem that specializes in luxe, quality clothes for everyday use that can be dressed up or down. If you have an eye for design and love chocolate, you’ll appreciate the artisan treats from SOMA Chocolatemaker.
The Yonge and Eglinton area may be one of Toronto’s central business districts, but don’t think this area is all buttoned up. You can find plenty of fun, fresh shops here amongst the charming Victorian and Tudor-style homes. Independently run Poor Little Rich Girl offers a wide range of fresh accessories and apparel for both women and men that feel both uptown and urban chic. There’s also an in-store stylist who can help you put together the perfect look.
Yorkdale Mall, Toronto’s second largest shopping centre, is replete with all the key shops for ultimate retail therapy. Treat yourself to something special from the popular Cheesecake Factory. If you’re a bargain hunter, Orfus Road Outlets is a collection of discount shops where you will find amazing deals on clothing, accessories, jewellery and more.
Approximately 30 minutes’ drive north of Toronto’s downtown core, CF Shops at Don Mills is an urban outdoor shopping community that boasts over 70 retailer stores and a total floor space of 47,550 square metres. Peruse high-end brands, including Canadian designs from Olympic darling Roots and the high-end Yellowkorner photography gallery. The centre echoes a European influence with ample space to walk to the stores, grocer shops, a cinema and inviting restaurant patios.
Last updated: October 28, 2022