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The Best Places to Shop when Temporarily Staying in Toronto

Posted by Doriana Zohil-Morton on August 30, 2019
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As one of the most culturally diverse and densely populated cities in the world, Toronto caters to a vast majority of styles and preferences. Whether you’re living in temporary housing in Toronto, North York, or anywhere else in the GTA, a short bus, subway, or streetcar ride will take you to some of the best shopping locations the city has to offer. From cheap eats to fine dining, vintage styles to haute couture, houseware items to beauty products, Toronto has everything you need to complete your shopping experience.

These are some of the best shopping experiences when you’re living in short-term housing in Toronto.

Queen West

Spanning from Roncesvalles Avenue and King Street all the way to Victoria Park Avenue, Queen West is considered one of the chicest streets Toronto has to offer. Vogue Magazine even recently listed Queen West as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world thanks to its unique blend of alternative and upscale clothing stores, restaurants, cafes, music stores, and so much more.


Every great city has a Chinatown and Toronto’s is one of the most renowned in the world. But Chinatown is made up of so much more than just traditional Chinese cuisine. It’s also a celebration of various other Asian cultures including Vietnamese, Japanese, and Thai. Walking down Spadina Avenue, you’ll find a unique blend of cultural trinkets, delicious food, colourful clothing items, and locally owned Asian markets. Plus, the bright colours and hustle and bustle of Chinatown are enough to get anyone excited about shopping!

The Eaton Centre

Since 1977, Toronto’s famous Eaton Centre has been the epitome of the downtown shopping experience. Complete with over 230 upscale and affordable shops and restaurants, the Eaton Centre is the perfect hangout spot on a cold or rainy day in the city. And you can easily connect to it via the Dundas and Queen subway stops on the TTC.

Kensington Market

Another Toronto shopping staple is the famous Kensington Market, which is just a short walk away from Chinatown. For city dwellers and visitors who are interested in escaping the hubbub and expensive prices in the main downtown core, Kensington Market offers plenty of cheap eats, stylish alternative clothing stores, and many items that are typically made by local street vendors.

St. Lawrence Market

Toronto’s famous outdoor market that’s frequented by both tourists and locals alike is the St. Lawrence Market. Perfect for anyone who’s renting a short-term apartment in the area, the St. Lawrence Market has a lot to offer including a culturally rich atmosphere, beautiful scenery, delicious cuisine from all over the world, music, entertainment, and so much more. If you’re planning on staying in temporary housing in North York or downtown Toronto, then visiting the St. Lawrence Market is definitely worthwhile!

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