Souvenir Shopping Part 2, 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 2 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 2
Guide Location: Canada » Toronto (See other walking tours in Toronto)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 km
Author: Daniel
Bata Shoe Museum Shop

1) Bata Shoe Museum Shop

What to buy here: Books from the Bata Shoe Museum.

If you are looking for an excuse to pick up just one more pair of shoes on your vacation, look no further than Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum! This is the place to come if you are feeling guilty about the number of shoes stuffed into your own closet – because this museum has over 10,000 pairs! The museum at Bloor and St. George streets offers a fascinating look into world culture and history through – what else? – footwear! Visitors can check out everything from ancient Egyptian sandals, sky-high ‘60s platforms, Chinese bound foot shoes and rare collectible from around the world. Don’t even think about leaving the museum without a shoe souvenir in hand – or on foot. The chic museum shop boasts everything from glossy coffee table books all about shoes to unique ornaments, shoe-themed jewellery and even stylish home decor. Their books are some of the most popular items in the store – a recent hot find is the book Heights of Fashion: A History of the Elevated Shoes, written by Bata Shoe Museum Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack. The book explores the history of the high heel – finally an explanation as to why these torturous items came into high fashion! The book retails for $30.00. You may need just as much time to browse the gift shop as you will to see the museum’s collections. The shop is open during museum hours. Monday to Thursday and Saturdays, it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Pink Tartan

2) Pink Tartan

What to buy here: The Canadian coat.

Canadians may need to keep warm but that doesn’t mean we will compromise on fashion! If you are looking for something designer to keep you warm, head to trendy Yorkville where Toronto’s well-heeled locals do their designer shopping. There you will find Canadian brands such as Pink Tartan, created in Toronto and sold all over the world. Head to 77 Yorkville Avenue to see the store’s luxe designs, including its famous trench and pea coats. The store’s historic building provides the quintessential Yorkville shopping experience – designer shopping in beautiful surroundings. This is just one of many beautiful stores dotting this sweet and stylish neighbourhood. Fashion lovers with any budget are sure to find beautiful coats and other treasures in Yorkville, whether it’s a cute scarf or a whole new winter wardrobe. Spend a day lunching and shopping and indulge yourself in Toronto’s chicest neighbourhood. Pink Tartan is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

3) Birks

What to buy here: Canadian Diamonds from Birks’ flagship store.

It’s true what they say – diamonds are a girl’s best friend! But Canadian diamonds are even better. Go try on some hand candy at Birks’ flagship store at Bay and Bloor (55 Bloor St W - Unit 152) and fall in love with diamonds that are ethically sourced in northern Ontario. Birks has long been one of Toronto’s top choices for fine jewellery and it’s not hard to see why. With stunning collections for men and women and beautiful stores, it’s easy to lose an afternoon in a jewellery fantasy. Indulge yourself, then show off your new diamond to friends back home – only you will know that these diamonds come with a laser engraving of a maple leaf on the girdle. You can even design your own jewellery around the Canadian diamond of your choice! Diamond jewellery at Birks is available at a wide range of prices. Birks is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturdays, while Fridays are open until 7 p.m. Sunday hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Summerhill LCBO

4) Summerhill LCBO

What to buy here: Canadian Club Whisky.

Canada has been famous for its iconic whisky for decades and if you don’t yet know why, now is the time to find out. Everyone loves a bottle of something as a souvenir but with Canadian Club, you will experience a top-notch flavour and a leading whisky seller, all wrapped up in a Canadian label. You will be in good company when sipping – fans have included everyone from Queen Victoria to James Bond! The brand has roots dating back to 1858 and it has spent all that time in between perfecting Canada’s favourite whisky. It boasts a long, dry finish after a spicy and creamy taste with hints of vanilla and rich wood. A 750-ml bottle sells for $24.95. Pick it up at the Summerhill LCBO, the largest liquor store in Canada! This store is located in the former Canadian Pacific Railway station in Rosedale, one of the city’s most well-to-do areas (check out the massive and beautiful homes on a stroll around the neighbourhood). The old station boasts a beautiful clock tower and many of the original 1916 features of the building are still evident from inside Ontario’s finest LCBO. The Summerhill LCBO is found at 10 Scrivener Square and is open from 9:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. except on Sundays, when it opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.
The Health Shoppe

5) The Health Shoppe

What to buy here: Green Beaver Body Care.

Whether you are hunting for lip balm or sunscreen, Green Beaver’s organic line is a Canadian staple and you will soon find out why. The company eschews chemicals in its brand and uses only pure, natural ingredients in its (awesome) products, including carrots, cranberries and lavender. Talk about looking and feeling good! The company’s lip balms are found in the purses of most Toronto women and their lip shimmers ($5.95) add a touch of style to an otherwise outstanding balm. They also offer a gluten-free line of body care products. Find them at nearly every natural health store in Toronto, including the Health Shoppe, just steps from Summerhill’s LCBO. It’s at 1375A Yonge Street and open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

6) Roots

What to buy here: Roots Apparel.

A Roots T-shirt is a ubiquitous souvenir for any visitor to the city of Toronto. Stepping into one of their stores is like walking through the front doors of an old Muskoka cabin – paddles mounted on the walls, leather armchairs and lumberjack-checked pillows await shoppers weary from sightseeing. Check out the location at Yonge and Eglinton at 2670 Yonge Street for the most authentic feel. The famous Roots beaver adorns everything from its ultra-chic leather totes to their super-comfy sweatpants owned by every self-respecting Canadian. The best part? Many of their products are made right at home in Toronto! Roots has something for men, women and kids and their styles range from relaxed and traditional to modern and fun. And their yoga line is totally eco-friendly! A Roots T-shirt starts at $14.95 – and it will last you a lifetime. Stores are open 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and open until 6 p.m. on weekends.

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Whether you are in Toronto for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Toronto has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Toronto, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.