Toronto Summer Guide: The city’s best shops & sales

From outdoor shopping markets to antique hunting and more

Superb markets

Hippie Market Life
This regular outdoor market is home to some of the coolest summer pieces. Vintage clothing and jewelry vendors set up racks in new, surprise pop-up locations each week.

Toronto Artisan Market
From handwoven baskets to paintings and eco-friendly skin care, this weekly market is a non-profit organization for promoting local artists and artisans in the community.

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Featuring the work of 400 juried artists along with music, food and dancing, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is back with a bang this year at Nathan Phillips Square from July 15-17. Browse the incredible work of local artists and enjoy a performance or two and a stop at a beer garden.

Leslieville Flea
This flea market hosts over 1,000 attendees and has some of the city’s best vendors. Look for jewelry, art and handcrafted goods among the endless clothing and furniture options.

Our antique hunter’s handbook

Heritage Antique Show

Heritage Antique Show
This organization is almost an antique itself! Heritage Antique Shows have been around since 1976, featuring arts, furniture, silver and lighting dealers alongside antiques. Don’t miss the summer shows this year, scheduled for July 1 and Aug. 7. 6464 Yonge St.

Mt. Pleasant antique alley
If you’re walking down Mount Pleasant Road, you’ll happen upon a plethora of antique shops with countless treasures. Try Bernardi’s Antiques, Maison Nurita, Alexandre Antique Prints or Jacaranda Tree & Co.’s curated antique section. 569-699 Mt. Pleasant Rd.

Parkdale Sunday Market
Located at the Parkdale Hall, this market is a shopping destination you won’t want to miss. Featuring some of the GTA’s top vendors, you’ll find collectibles alongside jewelry, arts, crafts and more. Keep an eye out for a potential outdoor market expansion! 1605 Queen St. W.

Flower power

Toronto Flower Market

Toronto Flower Market
Inspired by the flower markets of the U.K., this market brings Old World charm with a touch of New World freshness. Enjoy 40 unique vendors near Trinity Bellwoods Park.

The Rosé Picnic
Try drinking and dressing like roses this summer at Canada’s largest premium picnic. On Aug. 6, enjoy wine and dance the day away in a sea of pink and white!

Robintide Farms
Located in Vaughan, Robintide Farms is offering two stunning flower experiences this summer. You can cut your own flowers for a bouquet or two to brighten up your home at their flower farm. Then, in August, visit again for a trip through the farm’s Sunflower Walk for a sunny adventure fit for toddlers and adults alike!

Vintage finds from tie-dye, jean shorts to sandals & more!

Poison & Dye crop top

Printed Crop
Odd Finds General is a vintage shop that also features a few curated vendors. That includes this Poison & Dye crop top, made with natural dyed textiles and plant prints. 1178 Bloor St. W.

Levi’s cut-offs
Nothing screams warmer weather like a quality pair of denim shorts. At Ninety Six Tears Vintage, opt for these seven-inch denim Levi shorts, which look good with a sneaker or sandal. 1267 Bloor St. W.

Tie-dye tank
Try this retro 1990s tie-dye tank top perfect for a music festival or beach day from Lost Boy Vintage. Dress it down with a leather jacket for a rocker-chic evening look. 38 Kensington Ave.

Summer sandals
Come to I Miss You Vintage for quality leather goods like bags and shoes — including these Valentino espadrilles in electric blue, on sale for $285. 63 Ossington Ave.

Rep the 6ix
In Vintage We Trust has a keen eye for historically relevant silhouettes and offers a ton of band T-shirts and sports jerseys. Grab a retro T.O. T for a dose of nostalgia. 1580 Queen St. W.

For a guide to the best events happening in Toronto this summer, click here.

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