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Guide to Shopping In North York, Toronto

August 9, 2019

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift, a place to eat, a new outfit, or you just want to escape the cold weather, Toronto’s shopping malls are a great way to spend a few hours.

 

If you are based in North York, you’ll have plenty of great shopping malls and retail centres to choose from, each offering a diverse selection of brands. Here is a quick guide to shopping in North York, Toronto. 

Sheridan Mall

Another great place to shop in North York is Sheridan Mall. It’s home to the major department stores – Winners and Walmart – which are great for finding the basics at a cheap price. There’s also plenty of mall favourite brands including Blossom, Ardene, Sirens, Payless Shoes, New York Connection and Urban Closet. 

 

Plus, if you work up an appetite from all that shopping, there’s a diverse food court with cuisine from Japan, the Caribbean, Greece and more to choose from. 

Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Located next to the Yorkdale subway station, Yorkdale is the fourth largest mall in the country and contains over 250 retail shops where you can stock up on everything you need. Many companies opened up their first Canadian store here, including Apple, Crate & Barrel, Bath & Body Works and J.Crew. 

 

Grab a new book at Indigo Books and Music, then chill out at Michel’s Bakery Cafe while you read it. There’s also a lot of luxury brands here, such as Chanel, Versace, Prada and Gucci – so it’s a great place to treat yourself to something a little bit special. 

guide to shopping in North York

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CF Fairview Mall

This is not the biggest shopping mall in Toronto, but it does pack a great selection of retailers into a compact space. That means you can find a lot of great stuff, without having to spend hours walking around. 

 

With the CF Fairview Mall you’ll find everything from toys to fashion to small appliances to books and more. Some of the shops here include Aldo Shoes, American Eagle Outfitters, Forever 21, Guess and Hot Topic. 

Bayview Village

Fashion-lovers make regular visits to Bayview Village, a stylish mall that is home to more than 110 luxury retailers. This mall has a very “glam” vibe about it. You can valet park your car, drop off your dry cleaning, get a mani-pedi and get your hair done, as well as shop for elegant designer clothes. 

 

The mall even offers a personal shopping service. The personal shopper will help you find that perfect item you need and the $50 fee will be given back to you in the form of a BV gift card at the end of your appointment. 

The Shops at Don Mills

With 72 retail stores to choose from, this is another great place to shop in North York. You can find many of the big name stores here, including Guess and Calvin Klein. 

 

It has the feel of a European piazza, with a central courtyard and great dining options. This means that the mall is a lot more fun in the summertime, but it does have a pretty spectacular Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in the winter as well. 

 

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5 Reasons to Live in North York, Toronto

August 2, 2019

Known as Toronto’s “Second Downtown,” there are a lot of reasons to live in North York. This neighbourhood is buzzing with great dining, nightlife and things to do – it’s hard not to love it!

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why North York is such a Toronto hotspot.

1. There are Plenty of Multicultural Festivals

North York is an incredibly multicultural neighborhood, which means there are plenty of great festivals throughout the year that celebrate the diversity there. There’s the Iranian Festival, the Korean Harvest Festival, the Aloha Festival, the Hispanic Fiesta and more.

Many of the public festivals in this neighbourhood take place in Mel Lastman Square, named after a previous mayor of North York. These events are a great opportunity to listen to diverse music, taste cuisine from around the world and learn about another culture.

2. Public Transit Connections Are Great

When you live in North York, you might not be right in the centre of downtown but you will be connected to the city by some very convenient public transit links. You can take the Yonge-University Line 1 to and from many major stations, including Finch, North York Centre and Sheppard-Yonge. You’ll also have easy access to major highways including the 407 and 401.

3. The Museums and Historic Sites Are Excellent

A lot of history has taken place in North York, which means that there are plenty of interesting sites to explore. For example, one of the best is Gibson House – a heritage museum that contains a fascinating collection of 19th century art pieces. They tell the story of the evolution of North York through the years. To learn more about the history of North York and learn about events and workshops in the area, you can visit the North York Historical Society.

4. You Can Shop Until You Drop

If shopping is your favourite pastime, living in North York will make you feel spoiled for choice. It’s home to two of the five major shopping malls in Toronto – the Fairview Mall and the Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Plus, there’s also several other shopping centres. These include the Sheppard Centre, the Shops at Don Mills, Yorkgate Mall, Sheridan Mall, Bayview Village and Centrepoint Mall. No matter what you’re hunting for, you’re sure to find it.

5. There’s So Much Delicious Food

Because North York is one of the most culturally diverse regions in Toronto, it boasts a superb collection of restaurants. From authentic Asian cuisine to North African flavours to Italian dishes, you can find pretty much anything you may be craving.

For example, if it’s Chinese food you love – head to Congee Queen. You’ll find high quality authentic Cantonese food such as spicy squid, soft shell crab fried rice or beef brisket lo mein. Or, if you’re in the mood for Indian cuisine, The Veggie Thali serves up vegetarian dishes with a rich blend of spices and herb – paired with a refreshing mango shake.

Just a few of the many reasons to live in North York

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