Like most metropolitan cities Toronto offers a vast array of shopping possibilities for all price points and styles. You can stroll down the trendy fashion district known simply as Yorkville, with Holt Renfrew and upscale designers in Hazelton Lanes, Cumberberland and Yorkville Avenues. A trip to Yorkville is not complete without a trip to the Panorama on the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre. Drinks are expensive but you are sure to enjoy the tapas menu and the magnificent view of Toronto.
If outdoor shopping is your thing then you’ll want to check out the St. Lawrence Market or Harbourfront Centre on weekends during the summer. At Harbourfront Centre you will find Canadian Designer Suzanne Wyman with her latest collection from Yes World Boutique. Her new 2013 Resort Collection offers a stunning array of fresh colors and styles that are sure to turn heads wherever you go. But don’t worry if you miss her on the weekends, you can also shop at her online store or find a store that carries her product.
Although Queen Street West seems like it is being swallowed up by big box stores, you can still find some great shopping finds in this very eclectic area. I like both Queen Street West and Queen Street East which are accessible by streetcar. Both “fashion villages” offer a combination of vintage clothing, quaint shops and unique one-of-a-kind stores mingled with great little coffee shops and delis. If sewing or jewelry is your thing, then check out Queen Street West just east of Spadina for material and jewelery making supplies. You’ll even find a button store that carries buttons of all varieties.
Further west on Queen Street is one of my favorite finds. A store called The Spice Trader and true to its name it offers organic spices and a huge selection of balsamic vinegars. The spices come in beautiful tin boxes which makes a perfect gift for a wedding shower or house warming gift. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Spice Bible while you are there.
And if it is raining or too hot outside, then head to the beautiful Toronto Eaton Centre for three floors of indoor shopping. Whatever you do don’t forget to look up to see Michael Snow’s creation of 60-plus Canadian Geese hanging down from the glass ceiling. More about the Eaton Centre and Dundas Square in a later edition.