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Toronto Shopping – Shops, Stores, Best Buys & Inside Tips

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Toronto Shopping

No matter how long you’re staying in Toronto, you’ll want to spend some time in Toronto’s stores buying souvenirs and other items you might not be able to get back home. Check out some of these popular Toronto shopping options for good deals.

Malls

With three levels of stores and easy access from the subway line, the Eaton Centre is a great choice for those who want the variety you get from going to a mall. In general, the stores on the top floor tend to be high-end stores while those on the first floor offer better prices.

The Pacific Mall is unique in that the stores primarily offer Chinese goods. They don’t always accept U.S. currency at these stores, so you may need to change money before you go.

Unique Clothing Stores

Roots Canada is a Canadian-based store that sells basic clothes for the entire family. It’s a good one-stop-shop if that’s what you need. Those who are more fashionable may prefer to check out the Freedom Clothing Collective, which features clothing from a variety of local designers. You’ll certainly be able to find something unique no matter what type of fashion sense you have.

St. Lawrence Market

Arguably, the St. Lawrence Market is one of the best markets in the world. You can visit any day of the week, but it’s really hopping on Saturdays, which is when you’ll find local farmers and artists selling their wares. Check out some of the food sellers, too. Carousel Bakery is well known for its peameal bacon sandwich. Despite the large number of people that head to the market to shop, the area still feels neat and tidy.

Honest Ed’s

The flashy exterior of Honest Ed’s lures almost anyone in with its signs promising that “a bargain centre like this happens once in a lifetime, maybe never.” Inside, you’ll find a disorganized mashup of campy collectibles. Everything in here is affordable and will make for a unique gift. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, it’s worth entering the store just for the spectacle.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about shopping in Toronto.

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