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My aim in this Go List, is to give an overview of many of the malls in and around Toronto. Regardless if you enjoy shopping or not, chances are when you're visiting a city... at some point you will need to do a little shopping. Whether it is to pick up gifts to bring back home, or to pick up an article of clothing you may need to have while you are in the city. Hopefully this go list will point you in the right direction. I have listed several malls in Toronto, from downtown malls, to malls in many different areas of the city, high end malls, outlet malls and even a mall that young children will enjoy.
The Eaton Centre, is a landmark in downtown Toronto. On one end of the mall there is The Bay department store and the other end a Sears department store. In between you will find all types of stores from high end clothing boutiques to the usual stores found in malls such as The Gap, La Senza, Banana Republic, LuLuLemon, The Pottery Barn, Zara, Sephora, H & M, People's and so forth. There are many shoe stores in the Eaton Centre...with everything from high end shoes to shoes of all sorts of styles and prices. On the lower level there is a Shopper's Drug Mart and a Trade Secrets which is a great little store where you can find all sorts of shampoos, hair dryers, curling irons and other hair products. On the lower level there is also a food court, where you can grab anything from a slice of pizza, a burger, frozen yogurt to freshly squeezed juices.. Throughout the mall there are boutiques set up down the centre that sell hats, fashion accessories, Italian charms and stuff like that. There are also a few full service, sit down restaurants that are pretty good. During the holiday season in December, this mall should not be missed as the decorations are really quite outstanding. If you want to stay at a hotel that is attached to a mall this is one of only a few in the city, that have that option. The Marriott Hotel is attached to the Eaton Centre via a completely enclosed and heated walk way from the second floor of the hotel. You don't have to go outside, or even bring a coat for that matter, if you wish to go from the hotel to the mall. If you happen to be in Toronto on a rainy day, and you like to shop there will be lots at the Eaton Centre to keep you busy.
Located in trendy Yorkville, Hazelton Lanes is a higher end mall. It is quite lovely actually and has a nice collection of clothing stores, shoe stores and a few home decor stores. One stand out store is Andrew's, which is a very exclusive clothing store where you will find designer labels such as Burberry, Nicole Miller, Andrew Marc and many others. One of my favourite stores at Hazelton Lanes is Teatro Verde. It is a gorgeous shop where you can find everything from fresh flowers to unique items for your home. There is also a fantastic grocery store there. If you like shopping in smaller type malls that have exclusive stores you will enjoy Hazelton Lanes.
Queen's Quay terminal is another high end mall situated on the lakefront. This smallish mall has a few fashion stores, a toy store, home decor shops, a food court and a few restaurants that have great views of Lake Ontario. The mall itself is well designed, very bright and not your typical mall that's for sure. It does not have the feel most malls have and is a very lovely shopping experience. It is especially beautiful at Christmas time.
West of downtown Toronto, is another beautiful mall called Sherway Gardens. I have to admit that generally speaking Toronto has some very attractive and inviting malls. Sherway Gardens is no exception, and what makes this mall standout is architecturally it is very different than most malls. It is a super clean mall and smoke free. Even outside the mall entrances there is no smoking allowed. There are many stores here, some what you would expect to see in a mall and a few surprises. There is also three department stores that would cater to any budget...a Bay, Sears, and the high end Holf Renfrew. This mall is open seven days a week and until 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. One of my favourite stores at Sherway Gardens is the gorgeous Yves Delorme store, which is a great place to shop for a wedding gift or for a gift for any other special occasion.There is also a Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Abercrombie and Fitch and one of my favourite stores here is called Starstruck Entertainment. You will find just about any movie or dvd you are looking for at Starstruck. If you only have the time to go to one mall in Toronto I think this would be the one.
Yorkdale, is another of the more popular malls in Toronto. It has hundreds of stores including The Bay, Sears and Holt Renfrew department stores. There is an Apple store, Wiliams Sonoma, Pottery Barn and many other stores and boutiques. There are also quite a few shoe stores, several fashion stores, jewellery stores, and a designer eyewear boutique to name a few. There is a movie theatre on site and a Rainforest Cafe restaurant, if you need to bribe your children to get you there. Yorkdale really is a great mall, that has to be seen to be appreciated. The website has detailed directions and a map showing how to get to Yorkdale, from all areas of Toronto. The website also has a list of all the stores, restaurants and all the other information you could possibly think of.
This is the mall to go to if you have a child that does not like shopping. Besides the department stores and the clothing, shoe and home accessory type of stores, there is a children's amusement area, which small children will love. There is a complimentary stroller service available also, which can come in handy. It is not the most extravagant mall in the city, but nonetheless it does have a lot to offer. Besides the other stores mentioned above, there is a children's clothing store, a toy store, a book store and there is also a Shopper's Drug Mart, a bank, a dental office, an optometrist office, hair salon, restaurants and a Baskins and Robbins. The Fantasy Fair section of the mall is open until 7:00 p.m. every night. There is a nice variety of children's rides, a carousel and so forth. It does cost for the rides, but there is a pass available so you could save a few dollars that way. Here is the link to the Fantasy Fair Website if you wish to investigate this further. www.fantasyfair.ca/
According to mapquest it is 18 miles from Toronto to Rexdale, where this mall is located and a 30 minute drive.
One of the things I enjoy about this mall, is it is less crowded than many of the other malls in the city. Granted, in size it is not as big as Sherway Gardens or Yorkdale, but sometimes it's a welcome change to the larger type malls. Bayyview, is a beautiful mall to shop in, nice and bright, super clean and it has a relaxing atmosphere.. as much as a mall can have a relaxing atmosphere. There are the usual type stores, fashion, shoes, a Chapters book store, a photography store and home furnishing stores. There is a liquor store, a kitchen store, restaurants and coffee shops. One store that I especially like at Bayview is Restoration Hardware. Don't let the name fool you it is a gorgeous store with everything from hardware items and paint to extremely good quality furniture and home accessories. Also several times a year at the Bayview Village Mall, the Heritage Antique Market sets up shop in the mall, adding even more interest.
Mississauga Square One, is a huge mall located twenty to thirty minutes from downtown Toronto (depending on traffic conditions) and ten minutes from the Toronto airport. The Bay, Zellers, Sears, Wallmartt, and Dollarama can all be found at Square One. Plus, there are countless clothing and shoe stores, at least ten jewellery stores, several beauty related stores including Yves Rocher, The Body Shop, MAC, Sephora and Aveda. There is a nice selection of home accessory stores, sporting stores, electronic stores, sunglass stores and book stores. There is a Disney store, luggage store, hobby stores and toy stores and many, many other stores. Besides all the above mentioned, all kinds of services are available from an engraving shop, hair salons, shoe repair and clothing alteration shops, to a post office, drugstore, dry cleaners and a foreign exchange centre. There are a few health food stores, restaurants, a food court, Basken Robbins, Laura Secord and many other food related shops. Recently there has been an addition of a car wash at Square One. If required, wheelchairs and strollers are available at Customer Service. This is such a large mall, one suggestion if you do decide to shop at Square One, is do a little reading before hand, as it can be overwhelming when you first enter the mall. That way if you are a little familiar with the lay out of Square One before you arrive, it will save you a lot of time trying to figure out where you want to go.
The Scarborough Town Centre is quite a nice mall. According to Map Quest it is 16 miles from downtown Toronto to Scarborugh. Their website has a map with directions on how to get there. There is a wide range of stores at this mall including a Sears, The Bay, and a Walmart. There are a lot of service stores some travellers may need including a couple of banks, a foreign excahnge centre, dental and optometrist office's, a grocery store, a dry cleaners, a tailor and shoe repair shops and a floral shop to name a few. There is also a Disney Store, a Gap and Baby Gap, a Club Monaco, an Old Navy and many other women's and men's clothing stores. There are several shoe stores including a PayLess. Also, there are a few jewellery stores as well as home accessory stores. As far as restaurants, there is a Jack Astor's, a Canyon Creek, a few other restaurants plus a food court. For more details check out the Town Centre website.