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Toronto is a magnet for fresh designers showcasing their hot new runway looks and returning fashion icons like Chanel, Prada and Armani present new styles. Die-hard shoppers will not be disappointed by the spectacular international and local designer selections. Moreover, the twice-annual Toronto Fashion Week is required viewing for style mavens where top European, American and newly-minted designers debut their fall and spring collections. Toronto's unique shopping districts dot the city and each offers its own distinctive appeal panache and selection.
Bloor St West Shopping District
Btwn Yonge St and Ave Rd
Considered an exclusive Toronto shopping district, window shoppers peer into signature boutiques with European designers such as Armani, Hermes, Chanel and Prada as well as fine jewelers like Cartier and Tiffany. Toronto visitors can check out Holt Renfrew, a luxury store with a multi-million-dollar facelift that carrires the best international and Canadian clothier labels in fashion, accessories and cosmetics. High-brow shoppers can duck into mini-boutiques with Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry and fine accessories. Other noteworthy places are Jeanne Lottie's store for chic handbags and Augustina's for feminine baubles like jewelry and lingerie. Hazelton Lanes, a diverse shopping complex, that includes fancy women's toiletries and glamorous home decor.
Spadina Ave, Chinatown, Toronto Ontario Canada
This Toronto garment shopping district also doubles as the design scene with fantastic bargains in fur, leather and one-of-a-kind wedding dresses. Local Toronto designers flock here to showcase their latest creations creating a fashion mecca equivalent to NY's Soho district.
Honest Ed's Bargain Shopping Centre
581 Bloor St W, Toronto Ontario Canada; tel.416.537.1574
A mecca for the price-consious Toronto shopper, this centre features 160,000 sq ft of bargain shopping and the world's largest electric sign with 22,000 moving light bulbs. Toronto visitors can catch the annual July free outdoor public bash honoring owner Honest Ed's birthday with food vendors and music.
Kensington Market Shopping District
West of Chinatown, Toronto Ontario Canada
The Toronto shopper looking for bohemian fashions and vintage clothing will have a great time searching amid the dozens of tiny shops and labyrinth streets that comprise Kensington Market. This Toronto market also sells fresh meats and vegetables as well as exotic cooking spices like ginger and cardamom.
PATH-Toronto's Underground City Shopping District
Underground city transit office, 1900 Yonge St, Toronto Ontario Canada; tel.416.393.4636
The PATH is a subterranean shopping concourse that weaves its way for more than 6.5 miles beneath Toronto's downtown core. There are 1,200 retail shops featuring business fashions, jewelry and specialty outlets as well as cafes and restaurants.
Queen Street West Shopping District
Queen St West, Toronto Ontario Canada
Queen St West is a Toronto shopper's paradise with edgy fashions, accessories and jewelry. Considered one of the hipper, trendier Toronto shopping districts, here fashionistas fill shopping bags with cool, upbeat styles from grunge to cutting-edge hip.
Toronto Eaton Centre Shopping District
220 Yonge St, Toronto Ontario Canada; tel.416.598.8700
The Toronto Eaton Centre boasts more than 300 shops, restaurants and services under one spectacular glass galleria. A fair share of American and Canadian retailers are presented selling shoes, children's clothes, perfumes and fine chocolates. Nearby, Toronto shoppers explore The Bay, an expansive department store that was once a 17th century fur-trading company.
Shopping reviews by Sonja Pecavar.
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