8 Toronto Malls to Make a Day Of
Mall mavens rejoice! Toronto is packed with so many shopping centres you could easily spend days exploring them. So why don’t you?
We’ve put together an ambitious itinerary for a full day and evening of “mall crawling” around eight of Toronto’s most popular malls. Don your best pair of walking shoes, have your credit card at the ready and shop, shop, shop!
Toronto Eaton Centre
Start your day
Start your day off at one of the city’s most iconic shopping hubs – Toronto Eaton Centre. Conveniently located downtown on Yonge Street between Queen and Dundas, this stylish mall is a Toronto landmark. Snap a photo in front of the famous Canada Geese sculpture flying overhead before strolling beneath the spectacular glass galleria and exploring the more than 230 retailers, restaurants and services.
Allocate at least an hour and a half to spend here. Start off at Hudson’s Bay on Queen Street (the company’s flagship location) where you can find high-end designer items in The Room, a Saks Fifth Avenue (!) as well as mid-priced merchandise throughout the store. Then explore some of the mall’s many other highlights, including J. Crew, a flagship H&M and the Apple Store. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the sprawling food court where numerous culinary options await.
Make your way to Toronto’s most upscale shopping district – Bloor-Yorkville, also known as the “Mink Mile.” With price tags ranging into the thousands of dollars, this is not shopping for the faint of heart (or the budget-constrained).
In Yorkville Village, Bloor-Yorkville’s high-end shopping centre, sought-after fashion brands are ripe for the picking at specialty boutiques like Marina Rinaldi, NANNI and Via Cavour. You can also venture outside of the mall and explore the many designer stores lining Bloor Street – Tiffany & Co., Prada, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, to name a few. Window shopping is encouraged!
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Take a short drive (or subway ride) northwest to Yorkdale Shopping Centre. This mall packs an impressive range of merchandise – everything from books to toys to fashion to kitchenware – into its 250-plus stores. In addition to an array of fashion and accessory stores, Yorkdale has recently opened its doors to unique retailers like The LEGO Store and Zara Home.
Explore at your leisure before grabbing a snack at one of the mall’s sit-down restaurants (Moxie’s or Milestone’s are always popular choices). Then pack your bags back into the car to continue your shopping extravaganza.
A bit north of Toronto in the city of Vaughan (easily accessible via Highway 400) lies Vaughan Mills shopping centre. Anchored by fifteen retailers including Saks OFF 5th, The Children’s Place and Victoria’s Secret, this outlet retail complex is a shopper’s dream.
Outdoorsy types should be sure to head to the massive Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, replete with hunting, fishing and camping gear. And if you’re toting tots, treat them with a trip to the 40,000 square foot LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, complete with rides, 4D cinema, Master Model Builder workshops and impressive LEGO reconstructions of Toronto’s most iconic attractions.
Make your way southwest to Mississauga, where more retail delights await. Square One is the largest mall in Ontario, boasting over 360 stores and services in more than 1.6 million square feet of space. You’ll feel like Dorothy in the Emerald City as you explore its many shops.
High-end fashion is the name of the game at boutiques like Ann Taylor, M for Mendocino and Stars Mens. And with Ben Sherman and Simons opening in March 2016, the fashion game gets kicked up an extra notch. And of course there are plenty of specialty stores for accessories, footwear, electronics and more.
A short hop, skip and jump away from Square One lies Sherway Gardens. Easy to spot due to its distinctive tented roof, Sherway Gardens has a geometric layout that makes it feel like you’re strolling the streets of a well-maintained shopping district.
Check out Saks Fifth Avenue or Rinascimento women’s wear. For high-end men’s apparel, head to Harry Rosen. If you prefer a one-stop shopping experience, it’s hard to beat the selection of quality merchandise at Holt Renfrew.
Dixie Outlet Mall
Wind down your evening at Dixie Outlet Mall, where you can find designer clothing for a fraction of the regular price. Canada’s largest enclosed outlet mall boasts several brand name outlets – such as Guess, Mexx, Tommy Hilfiger, and Levis – in addition to regular non-outlet stores like Ricki’s and Fairweather.
The only thing better than getting that perfect pair of designer jeans is getting them 30%-70% off regular retail price. You’ll be surprised at what treasures you can find with a bit of bargain-hunting at Dixie Outlet Mall!
Toronto Premium Outlets
Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for at Dixie Outlet Mall? Toronto Premium Outlets may have what you crave. Although a bit farther out from the city core, the impressive collection of high-end brands for outlet prices is sure to appeal to bargain-hunters of all stripes.
Designer fashions and sportswear outlets include everything from Adidas to Hugo Boss to Ted Baker London to Zumiez. Whichever time of year you go, you’re guaranteed to find impressive savings at Toronto Premium Outlets.
Call It a Night
Shopping is tiring. Take your fashion finds back to your hotel for a night of rest. Tomorrow you can flaunt your new duds while sightseeing – or rinse and repeat at one of Toronto’s other fabulous shopping districts.