From fashion’s luxury labels and the most popular high-street brands from America and Europe, to made-in-Canada designs, there’s something for every taste and budget in Toronto. Some neighbourhoods are even defined by what they sell.
King Street East is a haven for home and decor, while Queen Street West mixes local quirky with internationally recognised brands. Joe Fresh, a Canadian fast-fashion chain that dots the city, rivals the best of them with its take on runway trends.
The Toronto Eaton Centre, at Yonge and Dundas streets, one of the city’s vibrant hubs, is home to more than 230 shops, including Coach, Zara, Mendocino, Banana Republic, Williams-Sonoma and Lululemon Athletica.
Bloor Street, aka “Mink Mile”, is a passport to the world’s fashion capitals: Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Tiffany & Co, Louis Vuitton and Hermes can all be found here, anchored by Holt Renfrew, Canada’s high-end department store. And don’t miss cosmetics one-stop shop Sephora.
Our top picks
The founders of this made-in-Canada lifestyle brand are inspired by the great Canadian wilderness and, since 1973, have been creating leathergoods, classic sweats, and a cabin-chic home line. Top picks include leather jackets, handbags and backpacks, as well as boots that are made for walking – and to last. With all-ages appeal, Roots designs have been spotted on Matt Damon, Russell Crowe and Minnie Driver.
Take advantage of great prices and a massive selection at this discount retailer, where everything from footwear to fashion to food items are stocked. Cut-price high-end designer gear, home decor and lingerie jam the racks, with sections for women, men and children. Toys, bedding, jewellery, even fitness gear can be found here.
St Lawrence Market
The oldest indoor public farmer’s-style market in North America, this bustling Front Street icon is all about butchers, bakers, fishmongers and more, who are up with the sun, while the city’s top chefs can be spotted here planning their menus. On Saturday mornings foodie pilgrims and the stroller-wielding crowd are regulars. Tip: This is where “Canadian Bacon” was invented. Order the peameal bacon sandwich at Carousel Bakery.
A landing pad for many of the city’s immigrants over its 200-year history – Brit, Jewish, Chinese, Latin American – this diverse neighbourhood still showcases its ethnic roots. For fashionistas, there’s everything from vintage frocks at Bungalow to suits for both men and women at Tom’s Place. Meanwhile, foodies rejoice in the meat markets, spice shops, array of coffee purveyors (there are 10 of them), restaurants and outdoor patios.