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The Best Shopping in Toronto

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Toronto's got the international labels and brands, it's got classic department stores the Bay and Holt Renfrew, but its shopping scene has also got a funky side that you may not expect. Find records and books, and vintage costumes and beautifully restored couture dresses, and lots of unique finds—many of local design—in the shops and boutiques along Queen Street West, in York, and right in the heart of downtown.
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93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada
I love going to markets when I'm on a trip. It's a place where you get a glimpse of people's every day lives. If I live in Toronto, St. Lawrence Market would definitely where I'd shop on weekends. It's a multi-level indoor market where you can...
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3092 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z8, Canada
Located in the city's ever-cooler Junction 'hood, this magical shop is an essential stop when strolling along the strip. Though you may initially peg it as a boutique for girls, there are actually plenty of items directed at those over the age of...
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128 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R 1A6, Canada
With a client roster that includes Kate Moss and Lady Gaga, Divine Decadence Originals clearly knows its stuff. Located in the tony Yorkville neighborhood, this vintage-couture boutique offers rack after rack of extraordinary garments,...
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695 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E6, Canada
It’s safe to say that Canadian designer Hayley Elsaesser doesn’t skimp on color. An Australian education allowed her to soak up some sun and feel-good vibes before returning to her homeland to make a splash on the...
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1167 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X3, Canada
Grasshopper Records is a vinyl outpost on Dundas West well worth a look if you’re a sonic purist, or in the market for the best in Toronto indie music. The owner is a Toronto rocksmyth of some renown, but I won’t spoil the surprises for you here –...
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2959 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z2, Canada
It's worth the trip to browse at Mjölk, a den of Scandinavian and Japanese goods—and a wonderland for design geeks. The shop gets bonus points for its location in the up-and-coming Junction neighborhood and its two friendly owners whose lives...
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102 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z4, Canada
This charming jewelry boutique on Ossington features one-of-a-kind pieces that incorporate both vintage sensibilities and modern styles. Finished items set with semiprecious stones are displayed alongside loose beads and trinkets that...
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883 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G5, Canada
Co-owned by my former Canadian Literature professor at University of Toronto, Joanne Saul, Type is the bookstore she has always dreamed of opening. You can't help but be charmed by this 'little bookstore that could' when you walk in; it's...
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744 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1E9, Canada
Coal Miner's Daughter has two locations, both of which are fantastic, though because I'm on Queen St. more than I'm in Mirvish Village, I'm partial to this location. This boutique is cute and charming, chock full of frocks and jewlery, mainly from...
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1191 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X3, Canada
In Portuguese, saudade is yearning for something that once was. And at Saudade, a lifestyle store smack in the center of Toronto’s Little Portugal neighborhood, the goal is to make the customer yearn for the old country (or wish a...
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As stated on their website, Monkey's Paw is Toronto's most idiosyncratic secondhand bookshop, specializing in uncommon and out-of-print books, ephemera, and images. On one visit, I was able to find an old Boy Scout handbook from the 1940s. This is...