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Shopping Tour in Toronto (Self Guided), Toronto

There are many ways to enjoy shopping in Toronto. You can either walk along the oldest streets of the city, like Yonge street and visit the huge fancy shopping centers, or you can experience the atmosphere of the historic market of St. Lawrence. This tour has it all: from small unusual stores to big "all-mighty" malls. So don't hesitate to enjoy an authentic shopping experience by visiting the attractions listed below.
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Shopping Tour in Toronto Map

Guide Name: Shopping Tour in Toronto
Guide Location: Canada » Toronto (See other walking tours in Toronto)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Author: ann
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. Lawrence Market
  • Brookfield Place
  • Hudson's Bay Company
  • Eaton Centre
  • Yonge Street
  • College Park
  • Holt Renfrew
  • Hazelton Lanes
St. Lawrence Market

1) St. Lawrence Market (must see)

Established on 1803, St. Lawrence Market is owned by the City of Toronto and is the nerve centre for commercial and administrative activity for the city. The market is located between Jarvis, Front, King and Church streets, the former industrial area of the city. It is the largest market in the city and is open five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday.

The South Market houses the daily sale of fresh fruits and vegetables along with dairy and meat products. Freshly baked goods are available here all day and so are non-food items. Since its establishment, on Saturdays the market has been the point of sale for the producers of southern Ontario right from 5 in the morning. Sundays bring antique dealers to the North market from dawn to 5 in the evening. The Market Gallery on the second floor of the South Market has an exhibition area available for rent for cultural purposes of the city. Often, the 10,000 sq. ft. of the North Market houses exhibitions, displays, meetings and social gatherings. St. Lawrence Hall runs retail businesses and is the location of the administrative offices of the City of Toronto.

A small pub just outside the market has something to offer if you are hungry or want to sit down for a drink. The market also holds special and creative events for your pet dog or street performances at selected times of the year. So do check out this fun-filled market on your visit to Toronto.

Why You Should Visit:
The choice of fishmongers, butchers, deli meats & cheese and produce vendors reigns supreme, but vegan options are plentiful as well.
The atmosphere is amazing with so many different cultures of people spending their time with family picking out their food.

Make sure to have a good walk around before you decide on one place – there are lots of good options.
If you're traveling through, try to go early in your week so if you buy something you want to eat later you have time.

Operating Hours:
Tue-Thu: 8am-6pm; Fri: 8am-7pm; Sat: 5am-5pm
Brookfield Place

2) Brookfield Place (must see)

Toronto’s architectural landscape is a perfect blend of the old and the new. Showcasing some stunning cutting-edge modern designs and monuments of the past, it is indeed a breathtaking sight to see both the extremes make up the perfect skyline of the city. Brookfield Place is one such site. A visit to this place is a must if you do not want to miss out on any fascinating structure of Toronto.

The Brookfield Place comprises of two contemporary towers, the Bay Wellington Tower and the TD Canada Trust Tower, which took form in 1990 and 1991 respectively. The 49 storied, Bay Wellington was designed by architects Bregman and Hamann while the 53 stories of Canada Trust Tower were designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. However, the real treat is the Allen Lambert Galleria, a six-storied high pedestrian atrium designed by the famous Santiago Calatrava.

Although the architectural element is what drives people towards this stunning building, visiting Brookfield Place has an added advantage – it has some of the best shopping stores in town. Ranging from high-end boutiques to casual and popular brands, you are bound to enjoy the Brookfield Place one way or the other. The complex also boasts some of the best restaurants in town and if you are in a mood for some fine dining experience, Brookfield Place is the place to be.

Why You Should Visit:
The more you look at the structure, the more you are mesmerized with the design.
Great photo opportunity, especially when it is sunny out. The light passes through the top of the arches and it is somewhat reminiscent of European cathedrals.
The office complex does not have many stores but it does have a large food court located on the lower concourse and several excellent restaurants for all budgets.

Keep an eye out for the annual holiday lighting ceremony!

Operating Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm; Sun: 12-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Hudson's Bay Company

3) Hudson's Bay Company

Located in downtown Toronto, Hudson's Bay Company Store focuses on fashionable and stylish clothes for both men and women. However they do have other goods as well so basically you can buy everything under a single roof. The store is commonly known as the Bay and is the oldest commercial corporation in North America.
Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 9:30 am - 9 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 7 pm.
Eaton Centre

4) Eaton Centre (must see)

If you love to shop, Toronto is the place for you; it has a variety of what can be called, some of the best places to go crazy shopping.

The city can provide every visitor his/her definition of the ‘best shopping day ever’ and all shopping destinations are perfectly compatible with the visitor’s budget. However, the shopping experience in Toronto does not end there; you haven’t seen it all till you have visited the Eaton Centre. Literally a-shop-till-you-drop venue, the Eaton Centre in Downtown Toronto is the largest shopping mall in Eastern Canada and the third largest in the country.

This colossal shopping complex is anchored between the Queen Street, Dundas Street, and Yonge Street. With more than 230 retail outlets, restaurants and services, the Eaton Centre has definitely got something for everyone. With an area of 160,000 square meters, Toronto’s premier shopping destination has high-end boutiques, exclusive stores and spas, popular universal brands and even bargain marts. With a massive visitor count of over a million every week, the Eaton Centre has become a regular entry on every tourist’s list.

Why You Should Visit:
Pretty much a place you can go to to find anything, from clothing to mobile services to an Apple or Microsoft Store.
The mall is connected to multiple subway stations and has exit doors to every street surrounding it.

The food court is very nice and diversified.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-9:30pm; Sat: 9:30am-9:30pm; Sun: 10am-7pm
Yonge Street

5) Yonge Street (must see)

Yonge Street is definitely a place to visit in Toronto. The street has more then 1,900 kilometers and it is a commercial district full of activity especially between Front and Lawrence. Yonge Street is full of shops, hotels, restaurants and bars.

Yonge Street (pronounced "young street") is a major arterial route connecting the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto to Lake Simcoe, a gateway to the Upper Great Lakes. It was formerly listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest street in the world at 1,896 km (1,178 mi). The construction of Yonge Street is designated an Event of National Historic Significance in Canada. Yonge Street was fundamental in the original planning and settlement of western Upper Canada in the 1790s, informing the basis of the concession roads in Ontario today. Long the southernmost leg of Highway 11, linking the capital with northern Ontario, Yonge Street has been referred to as "Main Street Ontario". A large part of the route follows an ancient well-established Aboriginal trail that linked the Lake Ontario waterfront to northern parts of the region. It was also the site of Canada's first subway line. The street was named by Ontario's first colonial administrator, John Graves Simcoe, for his friend Sir George Yonge, an expert on ancient Roman roads.

Yonge Street is a commercial main thoroughfare rather than a ceremonial one, with landmarks such as the Eaton Center, Yonge-Dundas Square and the Hockey Hall of Fame located along its length—and lends its name to the eponymous Downtown Yonge shopping and entertainment district.

Why You Should Visit:
Well, this area is kind of like 'Canada's New York'! Subway is always close by, lots of shops, restaurants, and major attractions.
It attracts an eclectic crowd of people and they are the main attraction – all the way from beggars, pierced teenagers to suits and ties, and a multitude of ethnicities. Great fun if you just go with the flow.
Sight description based on wikipedia
College Park

6) College Park

Perched on the crossroads of Yonge Street and College Street is one of Toronto’s most luxurious shopping complexes, the College Park. With an elegant facade and rich decor, the complex reflects a grand art deco style of architecture. The building was designed by Ross and Macdonald, in association with Henry Sproatt.

Built in 1930 by the Eaton’s department store, one of Canada’s largest retailers, the College Park has been the hub of luxury, opulence and sophistication for a while now. A unique amalgamation of posh retail outlets and residential complex, the College Park comes across as a symbol of grandeur and class in the Torontonian society.

The distinct architecture of the building has led to College Park being a heritage landmark in the city. The vintage factor of the building clubbed with the high end shopping experience, makes College Park worth the visit. From shopping in well-known designer boutiques to buying exotic perfumes and fragrances, to exclusive furniture stores, this shopping complex has it all.

Even if you do not intend to buy anything, it is a nice place to put your window shopping skills to the test, and once you are done browsing through stores, sit back and enjoy some well-deserved snacks at some neat food kiosks, all at the College Park.
Holt Renfrew

7) Holt Renfrew

This Canadian department store is one of the biggest in the country and won the distinction of being "Store of the Year" back in 2004. It's history dates back to 1837 and the tradition of having only quality products and services has been strongly cherished since then. The company owns a chain of stops all over Canada with the flagship store located on Bloor Street, Toronto.
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 10 am - 8 pm; Thursday and Friday 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday 10 am - 8 pm; Sunday 11 am - 7 pm.
Hazelton Lanes

8) Hazelton Lanes

Hazelton Lanes is one of the most famous places in Toronto for its fashion and lifestyle boutiques. The clothes of some of the most well-known designers such as Badgley Mischka, Stella McCartney, Monique L'huillier, Christian Louboutin are sold here.

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