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7 Best Shopping Spots in Toronto

7 Best Shopping Spots in Toronto

Searching for the best shopping spots in Toronto to visit during your trip?

If you’re in the mood to do a lil’ shopping, there are plenty of awesome places to shop in and around Toronto.

Here are some of the best Toronto shopping spots, whether you’re looking to shop for unique souvenirs or luxury goods!

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Best shopping in Toronto


Queen West mural, Toronto

Queen Street West

Probably the first spot that pops into my head when I think of shopping in Toronto is Queen West.

You’ll find tons of cute boutiques and cool vintage shops along Queen West, especially once you go west of Spadina.

Some of my fave vintage shops on Queen West are Mama Loves You, House of Vintage, and Public Butter!

Queen West is also a ~hip~ area, so you’ll find plenty of amazing restaurants and fun street art around the neighbourhood.


Cocktail Emporium in Kensington Market, Toronto

Kensington Market

Kensington Market is another fantastic spot for vintage shopping – I especially love Sub Rosa Vintage.

It’s a neighbourhood that’s been home to many different ethnic groups over the decades, so you’ll find a lot of small ethnic grocery stores and shops here!

They also have a lot of great food spots in Kensington, so you can do a little food crawl.

Cocktail Emporium is another fun spot in Kensington Market, and they’re housed in an adorable pink building.


Holiday decorations at the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District

Distillery District

The Distillery District is probably one of the most popular tourist spots in Toronto outside of the CN Tower.

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This historic area used to be home to a spirits distillery, and it’s now a trendy neighbourhood filled with great restaurants, shops, and cultural centres like theatres and galleries.

Wildly Delicious is a unique specialty food shop that makes everything from jams to sauces, and you’ll literally want to take everything home.

Plus, they have some fantastic sandwiches in their mini restaurant if you’re feeling hungry!

And if you’re in the mood to hit up a restaurant, visit one of the Distillery District’s best restaurants.


The Apartment Life vintage furniture shop in Toronto
Photo by Kelly S.

East Toronto

I never really explored the east side of Toronto until recent years, but there are a lot of awesome restaurants and shops in the Corktown, Riverside, and Leslieville areas.

The Apartment Life is a cool vintage furniture shop in Corktown, and it’s right by the store where they film Kim’s Convenience!

Common Sort is a great consignment shop in Riverside where you can buy or sell gently-used clothing, and it’s very curated with a lot of trendy stuff.

Just pay a visit and you’ll see how charming the east end of Toronto is!


Nordstrom BP. front slit ribbed t-shirt dress with Steve Madden Betty lace-up combat boots | summer to fall outfits | Toronto Eaton Centre

Toronto Eaton Centre

The most obvious spot to go shopping in Toronto is the Toronto Eaton Centre.

I went to Ryerson University next-door for 4 years, so I frequented the mall almost every single day (mostly for the food court).

They’ve got all the popular stores like Aritzia, UNIQLO, and Nordstrom!

A cool new fashion and design bubble tea café from Asia also just opened up at the Eaton Centre called Benkei Hime.

Eaton is also connected to the PATH (the largest underground shopping complex in the world), where you can make your way to the Hudson’s Bay and Pusateri’s (a high-end grocery store in Toronto).

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LOCATION: 220 Yonge St, Toronto, ON


Yorkville Toronto | summer outfit featuring Aritzia white strapless crop top, vintage Levi's jeans, Skechers D'Lite Sneakers

Bloor-Yorkville

Dubbed as the “Mink Mile”, the Bloor-Yorkville area is where to go if you’re looking to shop luxury and designer goods downtown.

Though there are primarily luxury stores like Chanel and Moncler in the neighbourhood, they do have mid-range stores like Aritzia, Nordstrom Rack, and Roots!

Yorkville Village has been home to Toronto Fashion Week in recent years, so you’ll also find some cool independent designer stores around the area.

While you’re here, stop into Eataly to shop imported Italian groceries and eat freshly-made Italian pizzas and pastas.


Restoration Hardware at Yorkdale Mall, Toronto

Yorkdale Mall

Another well-known spot in Toronto for luxury shopping is Yorkdale Mall, which is about a half hour subway ride from downtown.

Technically it’s located in North York, but North York is considered part of Toronto.

They have designer stores like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, and Saint Laurent, as well as affordable and mid-range brands like H&M, Aritzia, and Reformation.

The main thing I get excited about when coming to Yorkdale is the food – they’ve got Tora (sister restaurant to Miku, one of the best sushi restaurants in Toronto), Konjiki Ramen (Michelin-star ramen from Tokyo), Restoration Hardware, and Cheesecake Factory!

LOCATION: 3401 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON


Best shopping in Toronto:

  1. Queen Street West
  2. Bloor-Yorkville
  3. Kensington Market
  4. Distillery District
  5. East Toronto
  6. Toronto Eaton Centre
  7. Yorkdale Mall

These were some of the best spots to go shopping in Toronto!

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