Toronto is home to some of the best food, shopping and city life around, and when you’re trying to figure out what to do and where to go in the city, it can be overwhelming! When it comes to finding the best places to shop in the city, we’ve rounded up all the top boutiques, bookstores, services and more in Toronto for all your shopping needs.
BEST VINTAGE BOUTIQUES – IT’S A TIE!
MAMA LOVES YOU
The mother-daughter team at MAMA LOVES YOU offers a wide selection of vintage garments for both men and women, stretching far into the past right up to the ’90s. We love the cool Queen West vibe at this shop. 541 Queen St. W.
CHOSEN offers a terrific selection of well-worn vintage pieces, paired with a sprinkle of designer goods, and even vintage accessories, books and housewares. Owner Melissa Ball is a gem and has a fantastic eye. 1599 Dundas St. W.
BEST CASHMERE SHOP
BLACK GOAT is doing its darndest to drape us in ultra-soft cashmere. It’s got hats, shawls, turtlenecks, leg warmers and, yes, socks — all crafted from luxe long strands of cashmere from Mongolian goats. 131 Bloor St. W.
BEST SHOE STORE
The ever-dapper Derrick Adams of STUDIO D sure knows his soles. His gorgeous picks hail from the likes of Rayne London, Sebastian Milano and MSGM. Your feet will thank you. 55 Bloor St. W., Suite 55
BEST COMIC BOOK STORE
SILVER SNAIL made the move from Yonge and Dundas to Queen West last year, so now you get the fun of snagging your favourite comic book (trust us, they have them all) without trekking up all those stairs. 809 Queen St. W.
BELLA is part of the fabric of the Eglinton nabe. Scan the boutique’s Instagram to spot owner Melissa Guido donning daily inspo. Staples like ruffly frocks, playful jumpsuits and wrap sweaters abound. 498 Eglinton Ave. W.
Since 1975, OVER THE RAINBOW has been the place to go in Toronto for the best denim on the planet, including all the latest styles from Citizens of Humanity to Nudie Jeans. 55 Bloor St. W., Suite 123
THE COOP is a longstanding, bi-level menswear boutique offering the best designer labels and shoes amid a rustic-chic vibe. Everything you could need to look your best, with the vibe of a small boutique. 156 Duncan Mill Rd, #19
BEST COTTAGE CHIC
Timeless casual classic apparel at the trendy midtown shop LEMONWOOD will have you looking your best whether at the launch in Muskoka or at that fall backyard soirée. 1224 Yonge St.
BEST FOR DRESSES
LOVERSLAND has the perfect wedding dress for the big day, as well as an incredible selection of cocktail dresses for that fall gala. The shop is wrapped in a boho vibe with amazing service. 215 Ossington Ave.
BEST WOMEN’S DEPARTMENT STORE
ANDREWS offers the best in luxury fashion for women. Here, you’ll find the most coveted brands, everyday essentials and a knowledgeable team that comes with a long-standing family business. 2901 Bayview Ave.
BEST KID’S CLOTHES
ZERO20 KIDS offers stylish outfits to kids everywhere. The large 8,000-square-foot boutique has grown to become such a size due to the company’s overwhelming popularity. 7700 Pine Valley Dr.
BEST FOR STREETWEAR
HAVEN has asserted itself out of T.O.’s top streetwear spots. The store is always stocked to the brim with brands, ranging from designer houses to technical, functional. 190 Richmond St. E.
BEST PET SHOP
Whether you need a raincoat or a grooming session for your furry friend, DOGFATHER & CO is the place. They also offer teeth cleaning for the pups that want an all-natural treatment. 1007 Yonge St.
BEST KIDS’ BOOKS
Instill a love of reading in your youngster at MABEL’S FABLES. From baby to teen and everything in between, this magical bookstore has the whole family covered. 662 Mount Pleasant Rd.
Rosedale’s GEE BEAUTY is beloved by stylish peeps like the Coveteur’s Stephanie Mark and more. With Gee’s help, put your very best brows, skin and face forward. 2 Roxborough St. W.
Looking for an extraordinary experience at a hair salon? JIE PRIVÉ SALON is the place. Jie Matar has a personality that is larger than life and prices that match the quality. 180 Davenport Rd.
BEST SKIN CARE
CONSONANT SKINCARE is constantly impressing us with their research-backed products that do exactly as they promise. Try the hydrextreme serum for a formula that outperforms current trendy hero ingredient hyaluronic acid. 819 Queen St. W.
Vegetation beckons from every corner of apricot flowers. Nature’s quirks are embraced in cacti, succulents
and bright blooms, all carefully curated by delightful owner Cathy Kim. 621A Mt. Pleasant Rd.
BEST LASH & BROW FIX
There’s so much more to brows and lashes these days than plucking and mascara. Fret not, FLIRTY FLUTTERS covers it all, from micro-blading brows to mega volume lash extensions, which are surprisingly light. 691 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
In addition to offering the classic fingers and toes beautifying mani-pedi, LTS NAILS has an organic version with Arbonne products for the naturalista in the nabe. You can get your wax on at the same time. 540 Eglinton Ave. W.
Midtown consignment shop REWIND COUTURE is hard to beat when it comes to highly curated designer finds for less. You’ll find a few Hermes scarves for almost half the price in their new arrivals section. 577 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
BEST MEN’S GROOMING
Looking for an authentic barbershop experience with an ambience and style that makes you feel welcome and well taken care of, then be sure to visit LATHER & STEEL for the best men’s grooming in the city. 1009 Yonge St.
BEST TATTOO PARLOURS -IT’S A TIE!
With a downtown, midtown and Vaughan location, CHRONIC INK is an ideal place to go for those getting their first tattoo, as staff are warm, friendly and willing to take you through the process step by step. 252 Eglinton Ave. E.
PEARL HARBOR GIFT SHOP
This Kensington Market mainstay has quickly established a name for itself as one of the premier tattoo destinations in the city, thanks to the creative artists who exude passion for their craft. 24 Kensington Ave.
BEST DRY CLEANER
That delectable dinner that crept its way onto a beloved dress will be long forgotten after a trip here. You can trust ASHFORD CLEANERS with your finest frippery — Ashford will even do couture! 535 Eglinton Ave. W.
BEST APPLIANCE REPAIR
Think that trusty toaster is, um, toast? Chances are, the folks at FIX IT AGAIN SAM think otherwise. The team here can revive your beloved household items like no other. 911 Millwood Rd.
BEST FOR BIKES
BATEMAN’S BICYCLE COMPANY is a fantastic local shop with an awesome selection, a friendly service
department and even community events and rides. 960 Bathurst St.
BEST SHOE REPAIR
KANER’S in Yorkville is a trusted secret gem capable of not only giving new life to your lovely loafers and flats but also that designer handbag you can’t seem to get rid of. 110 Bloor St. W., Lower Level
BEST LIGHTING STORE
ROYAL LIGHTING has a wide selection of unique European fixtures, and they stock some very hard to find bulbs. Staff will be happy to help you find the parts you need. 1549 Avenue Rd.
BEST HARDWARE STORE
WIENER’S HOME HARDWARE is the oldest and we think the best in the city for all your household needs, from tools to grills to glue guns. 432 Bloor St. W.
BEST FOR APPLIANCES
For over 75 years, CAPLAN APPLIANCES have been selling Torontonians premium appliance brands. There popularity and quality make them special. 1111 Weston Rd.