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Shopping in Rome

Rome is not one of the most affordable cities to shop in but could be fun just to browse at designer ateliers and fashion houses and see if anything strikes your fancy. Here is just a sampling of the many stores you can check out during your trip to Rome:

  • A. Testoni—named after the brand’s founder and original designer, this shoe store sells his artistic and comfortable footwear for men and women as well as color-coordinated messenger bags; Via del Babuino 152
  • Ai Monasteri—a shop selling traditional items made by Italian friars and monks including liqueurs, herbal decoctions, toiletries, colognes for children, and jams; Corso del Rinascimento 72a
  • Al Sogno—a high-quality toy store with an emphasis on artistic and multisensory toys such as puppets, dolls, masks, stuffed animals, and illustrated books; Piazza Navona 53
  • Almost Corner Bookshop—a tiny bookshop with a great selection of books from best sellers to translated Italian classics; Via del Moro 45
  • Anglo-American Book Co.—an inviting English-language bookstore with over 45,000 books that has a varied selection including textbooks, fiction, and nonfiction; Via della Vite 102
  • Anteprima—a clothing store with African and Roma inspired clothing such as day and evening dresses and separates; Via delle Quattro Fontane 38-40
  • Antica Caciara Trasteverina—a deli with ham, salami, Sicilian anchovies, burrata cheese, and local wines; Via San Francesco a Ripa 140 a/b
  • Antica Erboristeria Romana—the oldest apothecary in Rome dating back to 1752 with teas and herbal infusions as well as essential oils, bud derivatives, and powdered extracts; Via Torre Argentina 15
  • Arsenale—run by designer Patrizia Pieroni, this high-end clothing store sells stylish overcoats, bustiers, and flowy dresses; Via del Pellegrino 172
  • Art Prive—a small jewelry shop run by designer Tiziana Salzano makes chunky multistrand torsade necklaces; Via Leonina 8
  • Bartolucci—a toy store with handmade items made from pine by a family that has been designing its products for over 60 years which include items such as cuckoo clocks, bookends, bedside lamps, wall hangings, and a child-size wooden vintage car; Via del Pastini 98
  • Berte—one of the oldest toy stores in Rome that carries a large selection of dolls, stuffed animals, Legos, and other collectibles; Piazza Navona 108
  • Borsalino Boutique—a haberdasher with distinguished fedoras that have been worn by movie stars such as Humphrey Bogart and Gary Cooper; Piazza del Popolo 20
  • Braccialini—this family-run handbag shop sells uniquely shaped bags such as little gold taxis, Santa Fe stagecoaches, appliqued leather beach bags, and themed creature bags; Via Mario De’Fiori 73
  • Brighenti—a sumptuous Italian clothing store with a marble floor and huge crystal chandelier suspended overhead and items such as silk nightgowns, pajamas, and vintage-inspired swimsuits; Via Frattina 7/8
  • Brioni—founded in 1945, this internationally renowned menswear designer is known for its custom-made suits worn by clients such as Clark Gable and Barack Obama; Via del Babuino 38/40
  • Buccone—a wine shop located in the former coach house of a Marquis that has 10 layers of shelves packed with wines and rare vintage wines as well as sweets, biscuits, and packaged candy; Via di Ripetta 19/20
  • Bulgari—a world-renowned jeweler that designs jewelry that is colorful, playful, and well-crafted; Via dei Condotti 10
  • Cartoleria Pantheon Dal 1910—a stationery shop with fine handmade paper, stock paper, artisanal sheets of handcrafted Amalfi paper, and hand-bound leather journals; Via della Rotonda 15
  • Castelli Profumerie—an Italian perfume shop with labels such as Acqua di Parma, Bois 1920, Bond No.9, and Comme de Garcons and a knowledgeable staff who really knows the store’s products; Via Frattina 18 and 54
  • Castroni—an international food shop with delicacies from around the world such as Twinings teas and exotic Spanish spices as well as a large variety of coffees, teas, and candies; Via Cola di Rienzo 196
  • Ceramiche Musa—a ceramic accent and tile store with tiles made in Vietri, a region known for its high-quality clays and traditional ceramics; Via di Campo Marzio 39
  • Cesari—a bridal clothing and home store with fabrics such as velvets, silks, cottons, damasks, and taffeta and a personalized line of bedspreads, tablecloths, lingerie, and embroidered linens; Via del Babuino 193
  • Coin—a department store with upscale designs including accessories, handbags, cosmetics, and clothes for men, women, and children as well as cookware items; Via Cola di Rienzo 173
  • Davide Cenci—a major Italian fashion designer known for impeccably tailored and custom-designed clothing that sells men’s and women’s clothing for a variety of occasions with items such as sailing sportswear and trench coats; Via Campo Marzio 1-7
  • Delfina Delettrez—a Roman designer who creates edgy accessories that are inspired by the human body that blend skulls, wild animals, and botanical elements in her jewelry; Via del Governo Vecchio 67
  • Eddy Monetti—an upscale men’s store that sells jackets, sweaters, slacks, and ties made of wool, cotton, and cashmere; Via Borgognona 36
  • Elena Miro—a high-end women’s plus clothing store that sells sophisticated clothing for women sizes 12 and up; Via Frattina 11-12
  • Enoteca Al Parlamento Achilli—located close to Montecitorio, the Italian Parliament building, this wine shop, restaurant, and food shop is popular with journalists and political figures; Via dei Prefetti 15
  • Ermenegildo Zegna—an internationally recognized men’s clothing designer of well-made suits; Via dei Condotti 58
  • Ex Libris—one of the oldest rare bookstores in Rome that is known for its selection of scholarly and collectible books from the 16th to 21st centuries including editions on art and architecture, music and theater, literature and humanities, maps, and prints; Via dell’Umilta 77/a
  • Fendi—an Italian fashion powerhouse since 1925 now owned by the Louis Vuitton group and once run by Karl Lagerfeld that is known for its collections mixing textures and fabrics; Largo Carlo Goldoni 419-421
  • Fratelli Rossetti—a shoe store known for its classically styled men’s and women’s leather shoes, loafers, and pumps; Via Borgognona 5/a
  • Frette—a bedding store that has been a major supplier of linens and towels for homes and hotels since 1860; Piazza di Spagna 11
  • Furla—a high-quality handbag store known for its affordable prices; Piazza di Spagna 22
  • Galassia—a women’s designer clothing store with stylish clothing by designers such as Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Issey Miyake, and Yamamoto; Via Frattina 20
  • Galleria Alberto Sordi—a beautiful covered shopping arcade opened in 1922 with sophisticated shops and cafes; Via del Corso 79
  • Giorgio Armani—a world renowned designer known for his silhouettes and deeply cut dresses and stylish menswear; Via dei Condotti 77-79
  • Gucci—one of the most glamorous labels in the world known for its classic styles and trendy clothing regularly worn by celebrities; Via dei Condotti 8
  • Hydra 2—a popular store for Italian teens and college students known for its statement pieces; Via Urbana 139
  • Ibiz-Artigianato In Cuoio—a father-daughter team that creates stylish leather handbags, belts, and sandals; Via dei Chiavari 39
  • Il Forum Termini—a shopping center located inside Rome’s largest train station, Stazione Termini, that has over 100 shops including Benetton, Nike, Mango, L’Occitane, Sephora, and bookstores with decent selections of English language classics and best sellers; Stazione Termini
  • Il Papiro—a paper shop that sells writing materials and hand-decorated papers made using a 17th century marbleized technique; Via del Pantheon 50
  • Il Sellaio Serafini Pelletteria—a family business known for its handmade leather bags, shoes, and belts; Via Caio Mario 14
  • Krizia—run by designer Mariuccia Mandelli, this clothing store has been run by many stylists over the years and is now back to its original style of clothing; Piazza di Spagna 87
  • L’ Anatra All’Arancia—a stylish clothing store that sells designer clothing by Marina Spadafora, Antik Batik, See by Chloe, and the store’s owner (Donatella Baroni) as well as perfumes and jewelry; Via Tiburtina 105
  • La Bottega del Cioccolata—a chocolatier that makes chocolate candies and treats; Via Leonina 82
  • La Citta del Sole—a toy store with fair-trade and eco-friendly toys along with classic and vintage toys arranged by age group such as puzzles, gadgets, books, and child-friendly toys; Via della Scrofa 65
  • La Feltrinelli—a major Italian bookstore with three floors of books including some in English, music, postcards, holiday items, and small gifts; Piazza Colonna 31/35
  • La Perla—a lingerie store with beautiful lingerie and underwear that is stylish and romantic; Via Bocce di Leone 28
  • La Rinascente—Italy’s most well-known department store that sells cosmetics, designer sportswear, handbags, and accessories; Galleria Alberto Sordi, Piazza Colonna
  • Laura Biagotti—a prominent Italian designer of cashmere pullovers, cardigans, and dresses as well as men’s and women’s perfumes; Via Mario de’Fiori 26
  • Le Gallinelle—a small boutique that sells classy retro-inspired clothing; Via Panisperna 61
  • Le IV Stagioni—a ceramics store with traditional Italian pottery, glazed pots, vases, and ceramic flower wall ornaments; Via dell’Umilta 30/b
  • Le Tartarughe—designer Susanna Liso’s clothing store that sells haute couture and ready to wear lines that mix fabrics such as raw silks or cashmeres and fine merino wool together; Via Pie di Marmo 17
  • Libreria IBS—a bookstore/café that is known for its discounted secondhand books and also sells a small selection of English paperbacks and DVDs; Via Nazionale 254-255
  • Libreria del Viaggiatore—a small bookstore that sells guidebooks, maps, travel journals, and poetry from around the world in English, French, and Italian; Via del Pellegrino 165
  • MMM-Massimo Maria Melis—a jeweler who is known for incorporating ancient Roman and Etruscan designs into his jewelry and frequently using antique coins in his bracelets and necklaces; Via dell’Orso 57
  • Mado—a top vintage designer of eccentric and unique dresses, gowns, and other clothing pieces; Via del Governo Vecchio 89/a
  • Marisa Padovan—a destination for custom lingerie and bathing suits; Via delle Carrozze 81-82
  • Mikiway—an eclectic clothing, jewelry, and accessories store with designs by up-and-coming Italian fashion designers; Via del Boschetto 40b
  • Mimmo Siviglia—a tailor known for his custom-made dress shirts and attentive customer service; Via Urbana 14a
  • Missoni—a family-run internationally recognized label that has bohemian knit designs with patterns such as zigzags, waves, and stripes, elegant evening attire, and swimsuits; Piazza di Spagna 78
  • Moriondo E Gariglio—a family business recognized for its chocolate delicacies made from family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation; Via Pie di Marmo 21
  • Murano Piu—a shop famous for its handblown Venetian glass pieces including Murano jewelry, tableware, vases, and chandeliers; Corso Rinascimento 53/55
  • Patrizia Pepe—a clothing store that sells trendy fashions such as jeans, jackets with oversize lapels, and high heels; Via Frattina 44
  • Pifebo—a popular vintage clothing store with a great selection of clothing from the 70s, 80s, and 90s; Via dei Serpenti 141
  • Pinco Pallino—a children’s clothing store with nice clothing for boys and girls as well as a cute line for babies and toddlers; Via Vittoria 35
  • Pineider—an exclusive stationery store opened in 1774 that uses fine Florentine leather for its wallets, briefcases, and desk accessories; Via di Fontanella Borghese 22
  • Prada—a clothing, handbags, lingerie, and accessories label renowned for its blend of European luxury with modern finesse; Via dei Condotti 88/90 (men’s) and 92/95 (women’s)
  • Pure Sermoneta—a designer clothing store for children ages newborn to 12 with labels such as Fendi, Diesel, Dior, Juicy Couture, Nolita, and Miss Blumarine; Via Frattina 111
  • Quattrocolo—an historic shop opened in 1938 that showcases micro-mosaic jewelry crafted in the style perfected by artisans at the Vatican mosaic studio as well as 18th and 19th century cameo and engraved stones; Via della Scrofa 48
  • Rachele—a small children’s clothing store run by a Swedish designer who makes only two of each item for toddlers up to age 12; Vicolo del Bollo 6-7
  • Renard—a leather boutique that creates its leather blazers, trench coats, and skirts from leathers tanned with natural extracts; Via dei Due Macelli 53
  • Replay—a casual-chic clothing store for young adults with jeans and T-shirts with American sports teams emblazoned on them; Via della Rotonda 24
  • SBU—a menswear fashion label popular with celebrities and members of the A-list that sells jeans, casual apparel, shoes, and sportswear; Via di San Pantaleo 68-69
  • Saddlers Union—a pricey Italian handbag store known for their leather handbags made on-site supervised by one of the shop’s original artisans; Via Margutta 11
  • Salvatore Ferragamo—a major fashion label internationally recognized for its footwear that also sells handbags, leather goods, men’s and women’s clothing, scarves, and ties; Via dei Condotti 65 (men’s) and 73/74 (women’s)
  • Save the Queen—a beautiful clothing store with exotic and creative clothing for women with frills, cutouts, and textures; Via del Babuino 49
  • Savelle Arte E Tradizione—a family business that sells religious gifts and trinkets and specializes in rosaries, crosses, religious artwork, statues, and papal memorabilia; Via Paolo VI 27
  • Schostal—a clothing store that sells fine-quality shirts, underwear, and handkerchiefs made of wool and cashmere; Via Fontanella Borghese 29
  • Society—the flagship store for Limonta, one of the most famous and historic Italian textile brands that uses rare and desirable fabrics to give their designs a vintage appearance; Piazza di Pasquino 4
  • Spazio IF—run by designers Irene and Carlo Ferrara, this clothing store works with unique designers and artists with an emphasis on Sicilian designs such as hand-cut handbags, swimsuits, designer textiles, jewelry, and sportswear; Via dei Coronari 44a
  • Superga—a shoe store known for its classic sneakers in a variety of colors and a popular model worn by celebrities such as Katie Holmes and Kelly Brook; Via delle Vite 86
  • Taro—a clothing store that sells handmade knitwear made from rare yarns and bold colors such as tunics, sleeveless jackets, shawls, and pants; Via di Ripetta 144
  • Tebro—a classic Roman department store that specializes in household linens and sleepwear; Via dei Prefetti 48
  • Tod’s—a global shoe powerhouse known for its simple and classic designs; Via Fontanella di Borghese 56a-57
  • Trimani Vinai a Roma Dal 1821—a wine and spirits store with one of Rome’s largest selections of Italian wines as well as champagne, spumante, grappa, and liqueurs; Via Goito 20
  • Valentino—an Italian fashion powerhouse known for its shoes, gowns, and accessories; Via dei Condotti 15
  • Versace—the flagship store of the international label with Byzantine-inspired mosaic floors and futuristic interiors as well as its clothing, apparel, jewelry, watches, fragrances, cosmetics, and home furnishings; Piazza di Spagna 12
  • Vestiti Usati Cinzia—a vintage clothing store with fun 60s and 70s apparel, sunglasses, shoes, and accessories; Via del Governo Vecchio 45
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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