Lisa Rivera

The next time you think about going to the US to get your shopping fix, why not give Toronto a go instead? There’s plenty of bargains to be found, plus many cool things to see and do in the city.

The Canadian city isn’t just an ideal starting point for exploring the country, it’s shopping is some of the best that North America has to offer.

There’s umpteen travel ideas to consider in discovering Canada, and the shopping is just one part!

The malls

The love of the shopping mall started in North America, so it’s only fitting that Toronto continues this tradition. However big or small your budget, there’s a mall to suit all tastes.

Toronto Eaton Centre

The Toronto Eaton Centre is pretty much a Toronto landmark. There’s more than 230 retailers and restaurants to entertain you, so be sure to allocate a good amount of time. Specialty sections of the mall include ‘The Room’, which contains high-end designer items.

Toronto Eaton Centre

For the rest of us, there’s still plenty of mid-priced item stores to splurge in. Take regular refreshment breaks in one of the many eateries and cafes, or in the grand food court.

Square One

Square One is the largest mall in Ontario, with over 360 stores and services to explore, covering more than 1.6 million sq. ft. of space. The mall is located in Mississauga, southwest of Toronto and features top fashion brands, both Canadian and international.

Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Luxury shopping is the name of the game at this Greater Toronto mall. With more than 250 stores certain to damage your credit card, your pockets will surely feel lighter after a trip here!

Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Along with the dazzling array of stores, Yorkdale Shopping Centre is also home to the only showroom in Canada for the Tesla electric-powered sports car. If your budget doesn’t stretch this far, fret not: looking and admiring comes for free.

Dixie Outlet Mall

If bargain prices coupled with designer quality goods is what you’re looking for, you’ll love Dixie Outlet Mall.

It’s one of the country’s largest enclosed outlet shopping centres, offering customers a wide selection at affordable prices.

Get ready to battle with other shoppers over top brand names and unique pieces not found anywhere else! The mall is home to over 120 retailers, and only 20 minutes from downtown Toronto.

The markets

There’s nothing better than visiting a good market, and Toronto has more than enough to offer the curious shopper.

Toronto Weston Flea Market

Covering 60,000 sq. ft. of merchandise, this market is colossal. Selling everything from handmade clothes, jewellery and ladies’ bags to electronics and home decor, it’s safe to say you’ll be here for a good few hours!

Flea market

Toronto Weston Flea market takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm, and is easily reachable via public transport or driving.

Dr. Flea’s

What better than to head to a flea market whose name is actually called Dr. Flea?! Dr. Flea’s has held the title of Toronto’s largest indoor and outdoor flea market for 25 years. This is the place to come to find rare stamps, coins and used books.

Used books

What’s more there’s also an international food court to keep tums happy, plus a farmers market that attracts over10,000 visitors each weekend! Impressive! The market takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm, check the website for more details.

Vintage shopping

If you thought you could only find fashionable wares from Toronto’s shopping malls, you’d be wrong. The city has plenty of vintage shops to please your inner fashionista and possibly help save you money at the same time.

Gadabout Vintage

Gadabout Vintage has a fine selection of clothing and accessories dating from the late 1800s (yes you read that right) all the way to the 1970s. Expect eccentric and unique items, but don’t expect anyone to be wearing the same dress as you!

Vintage clothes

Take the time to search through the mountains of items in the crates, bins and bag yourself a potentially historical bargain.

Thrill of the Find

Spruce up your wardrobe with a vintage designer piece or two from Thrill of the Find. Collectors will go absolutely gaga over the selection of designer brands such as Prada and Chanel.

Vintage dress

Suffice it to say, this vintage shop’s prices will be far from bargain, but your friends will definitely be impressed, and possibly slightly envious at your unique finds.