If you seek a shopping experience to die for, the retail world created by specialty shops, boutiques and department stores in Toronto will boggle the mind as it tests the resolve of any disciplined shopper. From mammoth malls to intimate kiosks, designer outlets to high-end haute couture, every neighbourhood bursts with one-of-a-kind shops or open-air markets. While many of these areas embrace luxury, the shopping district of Yorkville – with nearby Holt Renfrew and the chic shops of Hazelton Lanes – is the quintessential home of style and design, with product from Thien LE and David Dixon to fashion stalwarts the likes of Hermès, Tiffany and Chanel.
Also known as the SoHo strip, Queen West boasts the city’s trendiest shopping scene. With one fashion forward boutique after another, this neighbourhood is an insider destination for cutting-edge clothing, shoes and accessories. Downtown is home to the iconic Toronto Eaton Centre. This high-concept mall environment weaves over 230 shops through four floors of inspired architecture, and is Toronto’s most popular destination, attracting over one-million visitors per week. Heading further south to the waterfront will land you at the Queens Quay Terminal and Harbourfront Centre, where bohemian bric-a-brac and artisan wares are for sale alongside tourist trinkets of all description. You don’t dare return home without bringing some of Toronto’s style with you – this multicultural retail extravaganza is far too authentic to leave behind.