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The Best Shopping in Midtown Toronto

December 27, 2019
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If you love shopping, Midtown, Toronto is where it’s at. From enormous shopping malls to cute boutiques and much more, you’ll find everything you could wish for in this area of the city.

There are several great shopping areas within a short distance from each other, so you can cover a lot in a day. You’ll find all of the typical North American flagship brands, as well as luxury retailers and local boutiques with unique one-of-a-kind items. Put on your comfy shoes – there’s a lot of ground to cover!

So, where should you start when shopping in Midtown Toronto? Let’s take a look at the best shopping options in this part of the city.

Yonge Street

Yonge Street is one of the most famous shopping streets in Toronto. It’s a dynamic street lined with exciting things to see and do – whether you feel like shopping, catching a movie or heading to the theater.

Take a stroll down Yonge Street and you’ll find a mix of chain stores from big name brands, as well as several unique storefronts that are home to unique local businesses. For example, there’s the stylish shoes at Studio D, or the beautiful bohemian boutique Canopy Blue.

You can also check out That’s Italy, where you can find elegant designer frocks for your next party. Afterwards, you can check in at Room 2046 to sip a latte and nibble a donut while you admire locally made jewellery and soaps. If you get hungry while shopping, there are several restaurants to check out – from luxurious sit-down dining to fast food outlets.

This is a great part of the city if you love discovering shops that are unique, quirky and one of a kind. Be sure to check it out on your travels in Toronto.

Yonge-Eglinton Centre

If you are looking for the big shopping mall experience in Midtown Toronto, this is the place to head. You’ll find 70 retailers, including a wide range of brands such as Sephora, Indigo Books, Reitmans and more.

It’s located across the street from the Canada Square Complex and it is connected to the Eglinton subway station via a lower level tunnel. It has everything you’ll need – from groceries to gyms to liquor stores and convenience shops.

This bustling shopping centre has recently been renovated and the architecture is quite impressive – with columns of colour-changing LED lights and giant digital billboards. It feels futuristic and thriving and the centre often hosts events such as free rooftop yoga sessions (in the summer, of course!).
shopping in midtown toronto

Yorkville Village

Another shopping mall in the area, Yorkville Village is located north of Bloor Street along Avenue Road. It was previously opened in 1976 as Hazelton Lanes, and fell into disrepair in the 1990s. It was redeveloped in 2011 and rebranded as Yorkville Village.

Yorkville Village has great options for shopping and food and it has been recently renovated, so it feels bright, spacious and modern. It’s an upscale shopping experience and there are plenty of high end retailers such as TNT, Andrews, Bois et Cuir and Belstaff.

This is where to shop if you really love fashion and decor – and you want to pick up something unique and stylish. Also, the mall has a SoulCycle, so you can get your workout on with an energizing spin class to exciting music.

Plus, when it comes to fueling up after a busy day of shopping, the mall offers ELXR Juice Lab AND Mi’Hito Sushi Laboratory. Whatever those labs are experimenting with – it’s likely to be pretty delicious.

Manulife Centre

Located on the corner of Bay and Bloor, this shopping centre is another great place to get your retail fix. The Manulife Centre is located on what’s known as the “Mink Mile”. It’s an upscale shopping district in Yorkville, along Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Yonge Street. It’s the most expensive place in Canada to lease retail space and is the 7th most expensive shopping street in the world. Essentially, the Mink Mile is the Fifth Avenue or Rodeo Drive of Canada.

The Manulife Centre is one of the tallest buildings in Toronto. Within this shopping centre, you’ll find the Bloor Street market, as well as many great fashion brands such as Ron White Shoes, Petra Karthaus and De Catarina. There’s also a GoodLife Fitness Centre, A Post Office, a Pharmacy and much more.

The good news? If the weather is terrible you can go straight through the underground tunnel from the Bloor and Yonge subway station and reach the mall without having to brave the cold!

These are just a few of the great places you can shop while staying at our midtown Toronto apartments. Click here to learn more about our short term apartment rentals in Midtown, Toronto. Our locations are accessible to great shopping, dining, nightlife and more.

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Shopping Guide to Scarborough

December 20, 2019

In the mood for a little retail therapy on your next visit to Scarborough? This area of Toronto is incredibly diverse when it comes to shopping – offering designer brands, quirky local boutiques and discounted vintage thrift shops. It also has a set of Asian-influenced mega malls to explore.

If you’re planning on going shopping in Scarborough, here’s a few ideas on where to start:

Scarborough Town Centre

This is one of the biggest malls in Scarborough and it offers a huge selection. It is the 9th largest mall in Canada, the 5th largest in Ontario and the 3rd largest in Toronto. It has been around since 1973, but was recently renovated in 2010 to be larger, brighter and more modern.

Some of the many brands you will find here include Lululemon, Adidas, Ardena, Forever 21, Bluenotes, Foot Locker, H&M, Urban Planet and Suzy Shier. A popular spot is Torrid, a women’s clothing store known for lingerie, trendy plus-size cocktail dresses and stylish footwear.

The mall also features the Scarborough Walk of Fame, which honours famous members of the Scarborough community include artist Doris McCarthy, pulmonary scientist Dr. Charles C. Macklin and Olympic hockey player Vicky Sunohara.

If you work up an appetite while shopping, you can dine at the TASTE MRKT – the large open air food court with patio-style seating underneath a bright skylight.

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Plato’s Closet

Scarborough also has a great selection of thrift stores and used clothing options – and Plato’s Closet is a great example of this. This vintage consignment shop has a lot of great finds and it’s a lot of fun to hunt through the racks for treasures.

You can often find a lot of great brands and stylish options for up to 70% of the retail price. As with any second hand clothing store you never know what you’re going to get and it can take some hunting to find the right option. However, when you find a treasure you love for a deeply discounted price – there’s no better feeling.

Also, if you want to get rid of some of your old clothes you don’t wear anymore to make room for the new ones, you can sell them here. They will pay you in cash for your old clothes, as long as they are in good condition.

Splendid China Mall

Another option for shopping in Scarborough is Splendid China Mall. This Chinese mall offers a lot of practical services, including optometrists, acupuncturists, hair dressers, accounting services and even a Feng Shui consultant. It is also a great place to find beauty products, as well as electronics and accessories.

It’s located in a neighbourhood that has one of the largest residential concentrations of ethnic Chinese in Canada. Across the street you’ll also find Pacific Mall and Market Village Mall – which are also large sprawling Asian mall complexes with a wide variety of shops.

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Vacation Travel

Christmas Vacation Ideas

December 13, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Yes, that special season is coming up again. Twinkling lights, Christmas carols, cookies, presents and jolly, smiling Santas are everywhere you turn. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – but are you going to spend the holidays at home or away this year?

Christmas vacations have become a popular trend in recent years. After all, it’s a pretty appealing idea to spend the holiday in a resort or a hotel where your every need is catered to and you can simply relax and enjoy. Plus, Christmas can be a wonderful time to enjoy certain destinations – as the twinkling lights of the season will create a magical atmosphere.

Looking for some inspiration for your next Christmas getaway? If you are looking for ideas for Christmas trips, here are some destinations that are absolutely magical at this time of year.

Unforgettable Christmas Vacation Ideas

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Helsinki, Finland

The capital of Finland calls itself the “Christmas City” and it’s fully decked out for the holidays. The streets of the downtown are lit up with sparkling decorations and the shop windows are spectacular. Take a stroll out in the crisp, snowy air and then warm up with a mug of Glogi – which is a special Christmas-time beverage made with spiced wine, raisins, almonds and vodka. You could even take the opportunity to make a trip up to Lapland, where you can visit the official hometown of Santa Claus and meet St. Nick himself.
christmas vacation ideas

Krakow, Poland

Krakow is a charming city no matter what time of the year you visit, but it’s especially magical at Christmastime. The Christmas Market takes up most of the Main Market Square and it’s filled with delicious holiday treats, from roasted chestnuts to smoked cheese to warm and steamy pierogi. Once you’ve had your fill, you can go shopping for gifts at the artisan stalls. You’ll find everything from jewellery to home decorations to knick knacks and so much more. If you’re in Krakow on Christmas Eve, you can even watch the famous Live Nativity Scene – a tradition that has been around for 25 years. (Plus, if you are looking for cheap Christmas vacations, you’ll be delighted by how affordable it is to travel in Eastern Europe.)
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Toronto, Ontario

This vibrant, multicultural Canadian city sure knows how to celebrate the holiday season! You can’t miss the 50 foot tall Christmas Tree in the Distillery District, adorned with 40,000 lights and over 1 km of ribbon. Also, be sure to check out Christmas at Casa Loma, a stunning Gothic-inspired castle that dates back to 1911. Also, from November 22nd to January 5th you can experience the Aurora Winter Festival. It’s like a hidden village near the North Pole where you’ll find amusement rides, magical characters and beautiful light displays. Toronto would also be one of the best Christmas vacations for families, as there are so many great kids activities and family friendly things to do in the city.

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Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany

Close your eyes and picture a German village out of a fairy tale. Chances are, you’re picturing something very similar to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This simply adorable 800 year old town is perfectly preserved and looks like it was ripped straight of the pages of The Brothers Grimm. Around Christmastime it is even more wonderful, when the Christmas market is in full swing. Make sure you treat yourself to a “schneeball” (snowball) while you are there. It’s a dessert made from a centuries-old recipe that features shortcrust pastry dough rolled into a ball and deep-fried, then dipped in chocolate and dusted with powdered sugar. Yum!
christmas vacation ideas


Okay, let’s imagine that you want to skip the snowy cold and sink your toes into the hot sand of a tropical beach on Christmas instead? If you are in the mood for a warm and sunny Christmas, Barbados is a fantastic destination. You can enjoy festivals, delicious feasts with cake and baked ham, craft fairs, live music and so much more. Instead of a sleigh ride on Christmas Day, you can go for a swim in the surf and read a book on the beach. Sounds pretty nice, right? When it comes to the best places to spend Christmas, relaxing in the Caribbean is pretty far up there.

Christmas Vacation Ideas: Where will you go on your Christmas getaways?

When it comes to where to go for Christmas, these are just a few of the many exciting options. Of course, the best Christmas vacation ideas aren’t really about where you go. They are about choosing to slow down and enjoy the holiday season and really spend time with your loved ones. So, an unforgettable Christmas can happen anywhere in the world- it all depends on who you celebrate it with!