Souvenir Shopping Part 1, Toronto (Self Guided)

It would be a pity to leave Toronto without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Toronto, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: Canada » Toronto (See other walking tours in Toronto)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Author: Daniel
The Bay

1) The Bay

What to buy here: Canadian Olympic Team Red Mittens.

You couldn’t have missed them during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games – those bright red mittens waving on the hands of every Canadian fan. Lucky for us, the mittens are still around – and for a good cause, to boot. The Bay sells each pair for $10 and proceeds support Canadian athletes through the Canadian Olympic Foundation for athlete development programs, coaching and equipment. It’s worth the trip to the Bay, Canada's oldest and largest national retailer, just to check out the rest of the huge department store. The Hudson’s Bay Company was actually incorporated by British royal charter in 1670! Now it boasts 92 stores across the country, but you will want to head to the Eaton Centre at Yonge and Dundas to make sure you take in one of Canada’s largest malls and tourist attractions while you are there. And you can’t go wrong taking home an iconic striped Bay blanket, either! The Bay is located at 176 Yonge Street and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
St. Lawrence Market -Maple Syrup

2) St. Lawrence Market -Maple Syrup

What to buy here: Butter tarts from the St. Lawrence Market | Local Maple Syrup.

No trip to Toronto (or Canada, for that matter) is complete without sampling some of the delicious maple syrup for which our beautiful country is famous. Be sure to take some home with you to keep the vacation “flowing” – Canadian maple syrup is delicious on pancakes and waffles, but locals know the best pairing for authentic maple syrup is bacon – delicious! If you can plan your vacation to be here during maple sugar season, you won’t regret it. The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority hosts sugar bush maple syrup festivals throughout March and part of April. The earlier in the day you arrive, the fresher the pancakes will be, and the more time you will have to explore the rustic and beautiful maple syrup farms. Many offer carriage tours, guided hikes and, of course, maple syrup tastings. Can you get more Ontarian than that? Bottles of the sweet stuff start at around $9.99. Check out to plan a sugar bush day.

Get a double whammy of Toronto culture by indulging in butter tarts, Canada’s most famous dessert, at the St. Lawrence Market in the heart of downtown Toronto. An afternoon spent wandering through the market dining on local delicacies will give you the unique taste of the city itself.

The market is at 92- 95 Front St East and is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Real Sports Apparel

3) Real Sports Apparel

What to buy here: Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey.

Don’t miss the Hockey Hall of Fame downtown – after all, it’s the sport that defines Canadians! The Maple Leafs are part of the “Original Six” members of the NHL and they are Toronto’s favourite team (despite their rather dismal record – the team hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since 1967). Toronto fans love the team all the same and it’s nearly impossible to grab tickets when Toronto gets Leafs fever. The Leafs play at the Air Canada Centre (ACC), but don’t pass by the old Maple Leaf Gardens, where the team played for 68 years before moving in 1999. It is currently being renovated for new tenants, but go take a look at Carlton Street and Church Street in Toronto's Garden District. The Leafs won 11 Stanley Cups from 1932–1967 while playing at the Gardens! Pick up a jersey or puck for the hockey fan in your family so you can cheer along with the rest of us. Jerseys at Real Sports Apparel start at $129.99 for adults, $89.99 for kids and the store offers on-site jersey personalization with name and number application. The store is located at Maple Leaf Square, outside Air Canada Centre and is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Steam Whistle Brewing

4) Steam Whistle Brewing

What to buy here: Steamwhistle Beer.

If there is one thing Toronto has an abundance of, it’s beer! Canadians love their brews (cartons are known for having holes in the sides large enough for mittened hands to fit through) and Steamwhistle is one of Toronto’s finest local brews. After poking through the recommend brewery tour, make sure to pick up a “two-four” to take home with you. The pilsner is known for its “floral hop aroma, sweet graininess with distinctive grassy notes, and balanced by a clean, crisp finish and pleasant lingering bitterness.” Really, it’s a light, crisp beer in a signature green bottle and one that the locals are proud to call their own. A 12-pack of bottles costs $23.95 and is available at The Beer Store. But remember – some Canadian beers have higher percentages of alcohol than American beers, so take care to check the labels and make sure you have a plan to get home safely if you plan on drinking – Steamwhistle has a five per cent alcohol content. The Queens Quay Beer Store location (350 Queens Quay West) is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The brewery is found at 255 Bremner Boulevard and is open Monday to Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rogers Center

5) Rogers Center

What to buy here: Toronto Blue Jays Apparel.

If baseball is your sport, head to the Rogers Center to catch a game under the open dome. Nothing beats a cold beer at the game on a sunny day. The stadium is right next to the CN Tower so you can plan a full day of Toronto sightseeing, all in one place. The Rogers Center (formerly known as the SkyDome) was the first stadium to have a fully retractable motorized roof, so you can enjoy a game rain or shine. If you feel like splurging, spend a night in the attached hotel – 70 rooms overlook the field and you will have the most comfortable seat in the house! Relive the Jays’ glory days of 1992-1993 when they were World Series champions two years in a row. Tickets start at just $9 for select games, or remember a well-spent afternoon with a Jays’ ball or jersey, available at the Rogers Center and starting at $99. The Jays shop is in Gate 5 at the Rogers Center (south-east corner, entrance off Bremner Blvd) and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
The Beer Store

6) The Beer Store

What to buy here: Mill Street Beer | Steamwhistle Beer.

Mill Street Brewery operates out of an original tankhouse and is located in a 19th century Victorian industrial building in Toronto’s Distillery District. Locals head to the BrewPub for its great food and for the 13 Mill Street beers on tap. The brewery has won Canadian Brewery of the year several years running and it’s not hard to see why. Sample one of Mill Street’s many brews to get a taste of why Torontonians love this bar – the Original Organic is a classic staple. It uses organic hops and malt to create a light, crisp and refreshing flavour, with a clean finish. A 12-pack of Organic sells for $23.95. Beer sold in Ontario is available only at LCBO stores or the Beer Store, but there are plenty of both in Toronto. The Queens Quay location (350 Queens Quay West) is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Kensington Market

7) Kensington Market

Kensington Market is one of the most fascinating market areas in Toronto. The place is packed with shops, restaurants and others. The merchandise of the Kensington Market comes from all over the world. Here is a place to enjoy a lot of cultures and languages.
Blue Banana Market

8) Blue Banana Market

What to buy here: Soap from Kensington Market's Blue Banana.

This store is famous for its unique gifts such as locally made pottery, artwork and sculptures. Over 200 artists, jewellers and craftsmen fill the store with funky pieces, and the shop is located in one of Toronto’s coolest neighbourhoods – Kensington Market, one of Toronto’s most fabulous shopping districts. Find everything from home decor to retro fashion in the unique boutiques lining Kensington Avenue. Don’t miss The Grilled Cheese right around the corner for an authentic taste of the neighbourhood, not to mention the best grilled cheese sandwich you will ever have! This area of Toronto is a must-see on any solid city itinerary. But it’s the handmade, organic soaps at Blue Banana that are produced locally in Toronto that keep the locals coming back. They smell fantastic and make a great souvenir gift for anyone. An added bonus is that they will sweeten the smell of your suitcase on the way home! The Mistral soaps come in a variety of yummy scents like lavender and prices start at $4.95. The store is located at 250 Augusta Ave and is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to- 6:30 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 6:30 p.m.

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Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Toronto without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Toronto, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 km
Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Toronto's Historic Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 2.2 km

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