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Toronto Shopping Tour (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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Guide Name: Toronto Shopping Tour
Guide Location: Canada » Toronto (See other walking tours in Toronto)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: ann
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. Lawrence Market
  • Brookfield Place
  • Hudson's Bay Queen Street
  • Eaton Centre
  • PATH
  • College Park
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St. Lawrence Market

1) St. Lawrence Market (must see)

Established in 1803, St. Lawrence Market is owned by the City of Toronto and is its nerve centre for commercial and administrative activity. The market is located between Jarvis, Front, King and Church streets, the former industrial area, and is the largest market in the city.

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 o'clock in the morning. Sundays bring antique dealers to the North market, from dawn to 5 o'clock in the evening. The Market Gallery on the second floor of the South Market has an exhibition area available for rent for cultural purposes. 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.

Tip:
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:
Five days a week – Tue-Thu: 8am-6pm; Fri: 8am-7pm; Sat: 5am-5pm
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Brookfield Place

2) Brookfield Place

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 that 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 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 created by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. However, the real treat is the Allen Lambert Galleria, a six-storied high pedestrian atrium designed by 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.

Tip:
Keep an eye out for the annual holiday lighting ceremony!

Operating Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm; Sun: 12-6pm
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Hudson's Bay Queen Street

3) Hudson's Bay Queen Street

Hudson's Bay Queen Street is the flagship store of Hudson's Bay department stores. The 1896 sandstone building located on Queen Street slightly west of Yonge Street was built by Toronto firm of Burke and Horwood for Simpson's Department Store in the Romanesque Revival style with Chicago School influences.

The store outgrew the capacity of the structure by 1900, leading to the first of several expansions. Burke and Horwood returned with additions in 1907 and 1923. The largest expansion came in 1929 with Chapman and Oxley's nine-floor Art Deco addition (facing Bay and Richmond) capped by the Arcadian Court. When construction completed, the store occupied two full city blocks.

Hudson's Bay Queen Street focuses on high-end fashion apparel, accessories, and home goods. Among these are iconic Point Blankets, coats, bed sheets, bags, T-shirts, lotions, scents, candles, and many more. The store features about 93,000 square meters (1,000,000 sq ft) of shopping space.

Operating Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 9:30 am-9 pm; Sunday: 10 am-7 pm
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Eaton Centre

4) Eaton Centre (must see)

Toronto caters to any visitor's idea of the "best shopping day ever" as its shopping destinations are perfectly compatible with all visitors' budgets, however diverse. Still, no shopping experience of Toronto is complete if you haven’t visited the Eaton Centre. Literally, a "shop-till-you-drop" venue, this 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 per year, 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.

Tip:
The food court is very nice and diversified.

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

5) PATH

PATH is a network of underground pedestrian tunnels, elevated walkways, and at-grade walkways which connect the office towers of Downtown Toronto. It links more than 70 buildings via 30 kilometres (19 mi) of tunnels, walkways, and shopping areas. According to Guinness World Records, PATH is the largest underground shopping complex in the world with 371,600 square metres (4,000,000 sq ft) of retail space which includes over 1,200 retail fronts (2016). As of 2016, over 200,000 residents and workers use the PATH daily with the number of private dwellings within walking distance at 30,115.

More than 50 buildings or office towers are connected through the PATH system. It comprises 20 parking garages, five subway stations, two major department stores, two major shopping centres, six major hotels, and a railway terminal. The CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, and Rogers Centre are connected via an enclosed elevated walkway, called the SkyWalk, although the walkway does not have indoor connections to these attractions.

PATH provides an important contribution to the economic viability of the city's downtown core, and is also used to supplement sidewalk capacity in downtown Toronto. The system facilitates pedestrian linkages to public transit, accommodating more than 200,000 daily commuters, and thousands of additional tourists and residents en route to sports and cultural events. Its underground location provides pedestrians with a safe haven from the winter cold and snow, as well as the summer heat and humidity.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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.

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