Uniquely Toronto: Souvenir and Gift Shops

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Toronto is a one-of-a-kind city – not only when it comes to the people and attractions, but also when it comes to local shops and businesses. If you’re looking for a souvenir of your trip, forget generic T-shirts and mugs. Bring home a keepsake that you won’t find anywhere else from one of these unique Toronto gift shops.

Drake General Store

You’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time the moment you enter the Drake General Store. This one-of-a-kind shop is chock-full of Canadiana with an old timey feel – everything from toques, to engraved flasks, to traditional maple syrup, to iconic Hudson’s Bay blankets. Shop at any of these locations: in The Hudson’s Bay store on Yonge Street, beside the Drake Hotel on Queen West or in CF Sherway GardensUnion Station.

  • Location: Hudson’s Bay, Queen Street and Yonge Street:176 Yonge Street, Lower Level
  • Hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 416-861-6009
  • Location: Flagship, Queen Street West: 1151 Queen Street West
  • Hours: Monday to Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 416-538-2222 x 451
  • Location: CF Sherway Gardens: 25 The West Mall
  • Hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 647-689-6204

Blue Banana Market

Blue Banana Market is as hip and eccentric as you would expect from a store located in Kensington Market. With two levels overflowing with posters, games, clothing, jewelry, musical instruments and various odds and ends, it’s impossible not to find something here that catches your eye. There aren’t many other stores in Toronto where you can buy a designer dress, a bongo drum and a jar of gourmet hot sauce under the same roof.

  • Location: 250 Augusta Avenue
  • Hours: Sunday to Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 416-594-6600
Spacing Store

Spacing Store

The first retail offshoot of Toronto’s Spacing magazine, the Spacing Store is located off Queen West in the fittingly creative shared space of the 401 Richmond building with its industrial bones, wooden ceiling and exposed beams. Toronto-themed merchandise includes the publication’s popular TTC station buttons, reprinted vintage posters, cool T-shirts, cycling-themed items and peameal bacon-scented candles.

  • Location: 401 Richmond Street West
  • Hours: Monday to Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 416-644-1017

St. Lawrence Market

The history of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market goes all the way back to the turn of the 19th century. Renowned for its selection of locally sourced produce, meats and other edible delights such as local favourite, Kozlick’s mustard. The market also features handmade crafts and novelties from home-grown vendors. Browse at your leisure and when you get hungry grab a peameal bacon sandwich from Carousel Bakery or a Portuguese-style custard tart at Churrasco.

  • Location: 92 Front Street East
  • Hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday: 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 416-392-7219

AGO Gift Shop

The Frank-Gehry designed gift shop at the Art Gallery of Ontario is arguably as impressive as the museum that houses it. From personal accessories, to stylish home décor, to Group of Seven prints, this shop contains everything for the fashionable art lover. Check out the AGOkids section for books, toys and craft sets that make wonderful gifts for youngsters interested in exploring the world of art.

  • Location: 317 Dundas Street West
  • Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday and Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 416-979-6690

Marketplace at the CN Tower

There’s no landmark that’s more iconic “Toronto” than the CN Tower. The tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere is a tourist magnet – and unsurprisingly it’s over 8,000 square feet gift shop is stuffed to the brim with unique souvenirs including authentic First Nations art, sports memorabilia, and (of course) CN Tower miniatures. Browse the merchandise before or after taking the elevator up 342m to the famous Glass Floor and SkyTerrace.

  • Location: 301 Front Street West
  • Hours: All Week: 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 416-868-6937

Bergo Designs

One of the most innovative stores in one of Toronto’s most unique neighbourhood’s, Bego Designs in the Distillery District is known for its European-inspired designer housewares and home décor. The front room is filled with row upon row of shiny contraptions that artfully combine functionality with creativity – including contemporary kitchenware, moving alarm clocks and flower vases that look like they stepped out of a Dali painting. In the kids’ section, various gadgets and gizmos offer endless hours of fun for little ones.

  • Location: 28 Tank House Lane
  • Hours: Monday to Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 416-861-1821

Arts Market

Rated as Toronto’s best unique gift store by NOW Magazine, the Arts Market is a favourite spot for Toronto artists and art-lovers alike. Hand-stitched clothing, homemade greeting cards, original paintings and sketches – here’s your opportunity to bring home a genuine piece of Toronto while supporting the local art community.

  • Location: Leslieville: 1114 Queen Street East
  • Hours: Monday to Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday to Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 416-546-8464
  • Location: Riverside: 790 Queen Street East
  • Hours: Monday to Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday to Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 416-778-9533
  • Location: College at Ossington: 846 College Street
  • Hours: Monday to Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday to Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 647-346-2787
  • Location: The Junction: 2978 Dundas Street West
  • Hours: Monday to Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday to Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 647-853-2787