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Shopping in Toronto

Shopping in Toronto seems to be an expensive pastime but some of the stores seem interesting enough even if you can only afford to browse the racks and shelves. There are internationally renowned stores and brands that are certainly worth checking out.

 

  • 401 Richmond—a refurbished industrial building with a photography and art gallery, an artist collective, a music store, a café, and a design book store; 401 Richmond Avenue
  • Annie Aime—a clothing store with street style pieces by Canadian and French designers; 42 Ossington Avenue
  • Any Direct Flight—a contemporary and retro-inspired designer clothing store with hats, sweaters, dresses, boots, and clogs; 1382 Queen Street East
  • Aritizia—a clothing store with trendy pieces by TNA, Wilfred, and Talula; 280 Queen Street West
  • Bergstrom Originals—a designer clothing store with bold and bright designs by Christina Bergstrom including dresses and tunics; 781 Queen Street East
  • Big Carrot Natural Food Market—a health-food market with organic produce, health and beauty products, vitamins, a vegetarian café, and freshly prepared foods; 348 Danforth Avenue
  • Black Market—a basement clothing store with band T-shirts, faded jeans, shoes, and biker jackets, and inexpensive sunglasses; 256A Queen Street West
  • Bungalow—a vintage shop with Hawaiian and secondhand T-shirts, dresses, and jeans; 273 Augusta Avenue
  • Corktown Designs—an affordable jewelry shop with several Canadian-designed pieces that are unique and handmade; 5 Trinity Street
  • Courage My Love—a vintage store in Kensington Market with pieces such as sunglasses, sundresses, cowboy boots, Indian-inspired clothing, costume jewelry, and buttons; 14 Kensington Avenue
  • Davids Tea—a tea shop with 150 stainless steel containers of categorized and color-coded easily identifiable teas and tea accessories; 2010 Queen Street East
  • Doll Factory by Damzels—a 1950s-inspired designer clothing store by designers Damzels in this Dress who have gingham and sailor-inspired pieces, shoes, high-waisted bikinis, parasols, and totem mugs; 1122 Queen Street East
  • Durumi and Chocolate Shoes—two adjacent boutiques—one sells Korean-inspired pieces such as floral hair pieces, socks, pocket watches on chains, blouses, and capris and the other sells baseball caps and ballet flats; 416 Queen Street West
  • Eaton Centre—a block-long shopping complex with industrial ceilings with Sears and H&M as anchors as well as The Bay, a Canadian department store; and three floors of merchandise arranged by price (first floor is the most affordable while the third floor is the most expensive); 220 Yonge Street
  • Feheley Fine Arts—an art gallery with modern and unique Canadian Inuit art; 65 George Street
  • Fred Perry—a brand developed by a 1940s Wimbledon champ, Fred Perry, that has been a staple of British youth for years; 964 Queen Street West
  • Gadabout—an antique shop with housewares, handbags, costume jewelry, blankets, and vintage clothing that ranges from the 1800s to the 1970s with a large men’s section along with curio display cases and miscellaneous items; 1300 Queen Street East
  • George C—a three-story Victorian-style refurbished store with shoes, bags, and clothes from French, Italian, American, and Australian designers—shoes can even be custom ordered in a preferred color and material; 21 Hazelton Avenue
  • Getoutside—a shoe store with top brands such as Hunter, Birkenstock, Converse, Vans, Sperry, and Minnetonka; 437 Queen Street West
  • Gotstyle—a clothing store for men and women with stylish business clothes for men and dresses and outerwear for women; 21 Trinity Street
  • Gravity Pope—a Canadian designer clothing chain with designers such as Paul Smith and Reigning Champ and more than 2,000 pairs of shoes; 1010 Queen Street West
  • Harry Rosen—a designer men’s clothing store with casual and formal apparel by designers such as Hugo Boss, Armani, and Zegna; 82 Bloor Street West
  • Hatley—a children’s boutique with nature-inspired clothing; 2648 Yonge Street
  • Heel Boy—a shoe store with special styles by brands like Camper, Ugg, TOMS, Colcci, and Dolce Vita as well as environmentally friendly bags by a Canadian brand, Matt and Nat; 773 Queen Street West
  • Holt Renfrew—a large specialty department store that is known for its stylish clothes by Burberry, Canali, Chanel, Donna Karan, Armani, and Gucci as well as European cosmetics and fragrances; 50 Bloor Street West
  • I Miss You Boutique—a high-end consignment shop with designer clothing by Pucci, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent; 63 Ossington Avenue
  • IQ Living—a housewares store with ceramic cookware, dinnerware, nesting bowls, utensils, insulated lunch boxes and bags, and popsicle molds; 542 Danforth Avenue
  • James Perse—a California-based brand with neutral colored cotton clothing such as T-shirts, fatigues, fleece, button-downs, striped sundresses, and long-sleeved shirts for women; 18 Hazelton Avenue
  • Kid Icarus—a unique printing store with retro designs, screen-printed postcards, art supplies, niche-oriented books, and crafts; 205 Augusta Avenue
  • Lady Mosquito—a Peruvian accessories store with chunky necklaces, brooches, dangly earrings, and embroidered handbags; 1022 Queen Street West
  • Lululemon Athletica—a popular Canadian athletic brand with yoga-specific apparel such as sports bras and yoga mats; 342 Queen Street West
  • M0851—an industrial-type shop with leather jackets, weather-proof coats, leather bags, accessories, and twill jackets; 38 Avenue Road
  • Mephisto—an established brand of walking shoes made from natural materials; 1177 Yonge Street
  • Morba—a Scandinavian furniture store with furniture and light fixtures as well as vintage and retro pieces; 665 Queen Street West
  • Motion—a boutique with stylish apparel made of cottons, linens, and wool along with accessories; 106 Cumberland Street
  • New Era Cap Company—an athletic cap store with caps from several major league baseball, NFL, Canadian football league, NBA, and NHL teams; 202A Queen Street West
  • Pink Tartan—Canadian designer Kimberly Newport-Mimran’s flagship store selling tailored oxford shirts, little black dresses, fitted trousers, shoes, and accessories; 77 Yorkville Avenue
  • Putti—an early 20th century furniture store with reproduced furniture, home accessories, and French toiletries; 1104 Yonge Street
  • Roots—a two-story flagship store with perennial favorite leather jackets, bags, and basic apparel; 100 Bloor Street West
  • Rotate This—a music store selling indie and underground music from around the world as well as magazines, concert tickets, and other items; 801 Queen Street West
  • Lawrence Market Complex—an indoor market with almost 70 vendors selling fish, meats, produce, caviar, and crafts and has a Saturday morning farmers’ market; 91 Front Street East
  • Swipe Design Books and Objects—a bookstore with books on advertising, art, and architecture as well as modern gifts such as toy blocks and high-rise vases; Ste. 121, 401 Richmond Street West
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