In the Toronto there are several key retail districts, where you can find pretty well anything you’re looking for. These are listed generally from north to south, and west to east:
Along Eglinton Rd (also North York)
Weston Road, just north of Eglinton, up to Ray Avenue
This shopping area, nestled between Jane Street and Black Creek Drive is just minutes from the 401/400 highways. Mount Dennis offers an exotic array of eclectic restaurants, cafes, shopping and services. There’s lots of parking and 24-hour public transit access. The community was settled and named in the early 1800s, and lies on the high ground between Humber River on the west, and Black Creek to the east, and is surrounded by ravines and parkland. Mount Dennis has grown from its historic, large scale Saw and Woollen Mills, to its famous Brick Yards, the Conn-Smythe Sand and Gravel Pit and the Kodak Company Plant which was opened in 1916. The culturally diverse neighbourhood represents over 30 ethnic groups. The Mount Dennis BIA was originally established in 1974.
Eglinton Avenue West on a hill between Jane Avenue and Bicknell Avenue.
The Eglinton Hill BIA is located along a charming 4 block stretch of Eglinton at a major arterial crossroad of Keele and Eglinton. This four block area features eclectic mix of shops and services reflecting the diverse heritage of the city. The Eglinton Hill BIA was created in 1997.
Eglinton West area from Caledonia Road to Keele Street
This is one of Toronto’s major Afro-Caribbean communities, with lots of Caribbean restaurants and shops.
York Eglinton (International Market)
Eglinton Avenue West between Winona Drive & Chamberlain Avenue.
Close to Highway 401 from the W. R. Allen expressway, as well as public transit, this commercial strip is an international mix of shops and services catering to the city’s diverse heritage. Some consider it the retail backbone of the city. The York-Eglinton BIA was established in 1981.
Eglinton Avenue West, from Bathurst Street to Allen Road
The Upper Village is a vibrant shopping district with ample parking, a taste-tempting variety of quality restaurants to suit every budget, as well as many other enticements to delight visitors and window shoppers. At the east end of this community is the Lawrence Square Mall, at the Allen Road
Dufferin St. from Hunter Ave north to Schell Ave and Eglinton Ave from Dufferin St. to Chamberlain Ave
This area, which has many buildings dating back to the 1920s, 30s and 40s, has many shops and services and is close to major routes including Black Creek, Hwy 401, and the Allen Expressway. The Fairbank Village BIA was formed in 2007.
Eglinton Avenue West between Oriole Parkway and Chaplin Crescent (west of Yonge Street)
This nine-block stretch of streetscape that includes a myriad of shops, boutiques and services, with friendly locals. There are fine restaurants, a French spa, hair salons, clothing stores, as well as wide range of professional services and amenities. Ample parking. The Eglinton Way BIA founded in 1987
Along St Clair Ave W
Dundas Street West, from Indian Grove to Quebec Avenue.
The Junction has alternative medicine, leisure activities, home decor, personal style and international licensed eateries. The area has an active arts program, and hosts the annual “Beat the February Blues Festival”, the mid-September Junction Arts Festival, and participates in citywide festivals like Contact (every May) for photography, and the Home & Style Tour (October). The Junction is easily accessible by TTC (Dundas Street West, Keele stations).
St. Clair Gardens
St. Clair Avenue West. between Caledonia Rd and Old Weston Rd.
This clean and beautiful district promotes the International flavor of the neighborhood. Streetscape beautification is underway (stores have decorative iron urns for flowers), adding new banners, lights and benches. In July, come for the two day Sidewalk Sale/Street Festival with entertainment, food & activities.
St. Clair Avenue West from Eastmount (just east of Dufferin_ to just beyond Lansdowne.
This heavily Italian district is a lively neighbourhood, with smart shops featuring European-styled fashion and shoes, trendy cafes, and delightful restaurants showcasing regional delicacies. Corso Italia has been a BIA since 1984.
St. Clair Avenue West
St. Clair Avenue West between Westmount & Glenholme Avenues (just east of Dufferin St. and west of Oakwood Ave.)
With Regal Heights to the South and the historic St Clare Church, and Oakwood Collegiate at either end, this area boasts a number of unique shops and restaurants. Come for the Sunflower Festival in June, co-hosted with St Clare School and other community organizations, featuring rides & games for the kids, and lots of food and entertainment. St. Clair Avenue West was formally established as a BIA in 2000.
St. Clair Avenue from Christie Street west to Winona Drive
Shoppers can enjoy a wide range of services, with clothing stores galore, beauty salons, travel agencies, quality restaurants and fast food outlets. Hillcrest Village has been a BIA since 1984.
Forest Hill Village
Spadina Road north of St. Clair Avenue.
This area has an assortment of restaurants, food shops and bakeries, offering delectable cuisine. Explore a variety of specialty shops for fashion, children’s wear, kitchenware, hair care, spa treatments, flowers, and sweets. Forest Hill Village BIA since 1979
St. Clair Ave. West from Bathurst to Christie /Humewood
The Wychwood area is steeped in arts and cultural history, with Casa Loma, The Toll Keepers Cottage and the Wychwood Barns, which feature live/work art space. This area was once the home of Ernest Hemingway. It has a mix of artisans, shops and restaurants, and hosts the ArtWalk festival on the last weekend of September.
Along Bloor St W
Bloor West Village
Bloor Street West, from Glendonwynne Rd to South Kingsway.
Bloor West Village is one of Toronto’s most popular shopping districts, with a mix of retail shops, professional offices & services. Take at break at one of the many distinctive bakeries, delicatessens and restaurants focused on European specialties. The Bloor West Village BIA was established in 1970
Bloor by the Park
Bloor Street West just east of High Park, between Keele and Roncesvalles
This district features many award-winning restaurants, featuring foods and beverages from the Orient, Mexico, France, the British Isles and elsewhere. It has a distinctive mix of shops, services and sidewalk cafes. Established as a BIA in 1987
Bloor Street West between Dufferin and Lansdowne
This revitalized community features many restaurants and bicycle shop. The Bloordale Village BIA waas founded in 1976.
Bloor Street West, from Montrose Avenue to Dufferin
Bloorcourt Village has a great variety of shops and services, at reasonable price ranges. Became a BIA in 1979
Dovercourt Road north and south from Hallam Street, and west along Hallam
Small but energetic community with a concentration of small shops offering a variety of items, ranging from baked goods to fashionable apparel.
Bloor Street West between Christie and Bathurst Streets
This is where to taste Korean culture and food. This business district features a wide range of Korean restaurants, high-end-fashion Korean boutiques, herbalists, acupuncturist and many other unique services and shops with filled with made-in-Korea merchandise. Some restaurants are open for 24 hours. Some have no-rae-bang (private karaoke rooms). The popular Dano Festival (first weekend of June), at Christie Pits Park, features Korean martial art demonstrations, traditional music and dance.
Bloor Street between the Annex BIA and the Korea Town BIA
This midtown community is an eclectic culturally diverse, safe and vibrant neighbourhood devoted to the arts, food and entertainment. Named for retail & show biz entrepreneur Honest Ed Mirvish, who launched Honest Ed’s in 1941 in the area. This landmark now has 160,000 square feet of bargains, corny slogans and it’s neon flashing sign with 23,000 moving light bulbs on the exterior facade. The area offers a range of cuisine for all tastes, lots of cafes & fast food joints, and a range of eclectic specialty shops. The Village is home to the historic Bathurst Street Theatre, the famous George Randolf Dance Academy, and Trainer’s Fitness.
Bloor Street between Madison Avenue and Bathurst Street
The Annex is a bohemian residential area with lots of used book & CD shops, cafes and bistros as well as fashion stores. Located near the University of Toronto, the Annex is a popular student hangout. The Bloor Annex BIA formally known as the Bloor-Bathurst-Madison BIA, which was established in 1995.
Between Spadina & Bathurst (S of Bloor)
This area has a number of specialty bookstores (including one just for children), arts and crafts galleries, a hair and skin studio for men and women, music stores, a famous bakery and calandrina plus a taste-tempting variety of eating places offering everything from subs or pizza to ethnic dishes to trendy luxury dining. Harbord Street was established as a BIA in 1983.
Bloor St West Shopping District
Bloor Street between Yonge St & Avenue Rd
This exclusive Toronto shopping district offers window shopping at the designer boutiques like Armani, Hermes, Chanel, Prada, Cartier and Tiffany, as well as the flagship location of luxury retailer Holt Renfrew. Nearby Hazelton Lanes provides a diverse shopping complex with everything from high fashion to fragrances to home decor.
Along College/Dundas St W
Roncesvalles Village / Little Poland
Roncesvalles Ave., between King St. and Dundas St. West
This area’s turn of last-century tree-lined streets have an Old World atmosphere, with a decidedly Polish & Russian accent. You’ll find fresh-baked goods and traditional smokehouses, traditional cuisine, cafes as well as trendy fashion shops. The Roncesvalles Village BIA was formed in 1991, amalgamating two districts formed in 1986.
Dundas Street West between Lansdowne Avenue to Rusholme Road
This area–started as the Village of Brockton- has many small businesses, retailers, artists, and designers. The area features the recently updated Dundas-St. Clarens parkette, with further streetscape improvements underway to showcase the historic Village of Brockton and more recent Portuguese immigrants. The BIA was formed in 2006
Rua Acores / Portugal Village
Dundas St between Ossington Ave and Dufferin St
This area around the Trinity Bellwoods Park is an enclave of Portuguese immigrants, with a concentration of Portuguese shops,. fishmongers, cheese shops, cafes, bakeries and restaurants.
College Street between Shaw St and Havelock St (roughly W of Ossington)
Just west of Little Italy, this an up and coming neighbourhood features over 100 businesses, with a wide assortment of restaurants, hair and beauty services, and other personal and household services. The BIA was established in 2005.
College Street between Bathurst and Ossington
This neighbourhood was once Italian to the core, and today includes many South American, Portuguese, and Asian newcomers making this community a diverse multicultural mosaic. Lots of fine Italian dining and shops. Little Italy is filled with Italian shops and cafes and is most busy during the summer when crowds spill onto the street. Although most of the actual Italian community has moved north, many of the Italian shops have remained.
Along Queen St W and King St W
Queen Street West, between Dufferin and Roncesvalles
This community has over 200 restaurants, retail merchants, and professional offices, with everything from antiques, high-end furniture, Caribbean food, popular live music venues, art galleries, designer fabric shops, and more.
Around King and Dufferin Streets
Once a jumble of early industrial factories, the community is a hubbub of entrepreneurial creativity and unique live/work environments, and interesting architectural character buildings. This non-retail BIA encompasses nearly 400 high tech, arts, design, entertainment and media businesses with 5,000 workers in the area.. The area has converted benches into public art works. Popular events include the annual Give Me Liberty Afterwork Party (second Thursday in June). Area is accessible by TTC, GO Transit, and Toronto’s waterfront bicycle and pedestrian routes.
Kensington Market Shopping District
West of Chinatown
Shopper looking for bohemian fashions and vintage clothing will enjoy shopping in the tiny shops and labyrinth streets that comprise Kensington Market. This Toronto market also sells fresh meats and vegetables as well as exotic spices.
Dundas and Spadina
Chinatown is a vibrant neighbourhood in the centre of Toronto’s downtown, just north of City Hall. Home to ethnic Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and elsewhere, you can enjoy oriental shops and authentic Chinese restaurants serving Cantonese, Szechwan, Hunan, and northern Chinese dishes and dim sum. The sidewalks of Chinatown have fruit stalls, vendors, and thousands of shoppers, are quite crowded on weekends. This is the largest of five Chinatowns in Toronto. The second largest is located in the Broadview/Gerrard area.
West Queen West
Queen Street West, between Bathurst Street & Gladstone Avenue
This eclectic retail area focuses on fashion, design and style, with over 400 boutiques, interior design shops, antique and vintage stores, a selection of distinctive and enticing restaurants, and is home to the largest concentration of galleries in the city. With restoration of major landmarks like the Drake Hotel and Gladstone Hotel, West Queen West is currently experiencing an infusion of new activity and investment, creating one of the most vibrant commercial areas in the City. West Queen West BIA was established in 2005
Queen Street West Shopping District
Queen St West
Queen St West is a Toronto shopper’s paradise with edgy fashions, accessories and jewelry, all close to the City TV building. Lots of trendy restaurants, galleries, clubs, too.
Spadina Ave, between Dundas & Front Street
This Toronto garment shopping district also doubles as the design scene with fantastic bargains in fur, leather and one-of-a-kind wedding dresses. Local Toronto designers flock here to showcase their latest creations creating a fashion mecca equivalent to NY’s Soho district.
Front St. to Queen St: West from Yonge St. to Spadina Ave, centered along King Street
Toronto’s Entertainment District encompasses landmarks like the CN Tower, CHUM City Building (MuchMusic), Rogers Centre (SkyDome), the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and the Royal Alexandra and Princess of Wales theatres. The Entertainment District has a number of hot night clubs and great dining.
Along Yonge Street
Financial District & Underground City (PATH)
Between University Ave & Yonge St. from Union Station north to Dundas Street
The Financial District and the underground city (known as PATH) are located in downtown Toronto, and includes the towering office buildings of the financial district. The PATH system consists of 11 kilometers (six miles) of interconnected underground passageways that feature over 1,200 retail stores and services for business fashions, jewelry and specialty outlets as well as cafes and restaurants.
Toronto Eaton Centre & Downtown Yonge B.I.A.
Yonge from Richmond St north to College & Carlton Streets
The Toronto Eaton Centre boasts more than 300 shops, restaurants and services under one spectacular glass galleria. Major European, American and Canadian retailers are represented, selling shoes, children’s clothes, perfumes and fine chocolates. Just south of the Eaton Centre is The Bay, an expansive department store that was once a 17th century fur-trading company. To the north are College Park and the Yonge-Dundas Square with more restaurants and stores. The area has five hotels, (including the largest hotel in Canada), and is home to the Canon Theatre, Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre, Massey Hall, and several historic buildings.
North of Bloor between Yonge and Davenport
The Village of Yorkville was founded in 1830, and has long had Victorian houses, quaint residential streets, and picturesque gardens. Focal point of the hip counter-culture of the 1960s when peace rallies and coffee houses, Bloor-Yorkville has grown into the centre of Toronto’s upscale stores, galleries, restaurants, and over 125 spas & salons. Yorkville is a fascinating blend of old and new and the BIA has been active since 1985.
The area is just north of the Royal Ontario Museum, and shopping is centered upscale Hazelton Lanes, and the flagship Canadian retailers, Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen, as well as Roots, and international destinations like Tiffany’s, Armani, Gucci, and many others. The area has luxury hotels and numerous chic restaurants, so popular with visiting celebrities, and is action-central during the Toronto International Film Festival (each September). There are both casual rooftop dining and sidewalk patios in summer, with fine establishments such as Hemingways, Remys, Dimmis, and The Pilot.
Rosedale Main Street
Yonge Street from Crescent Road north to Woodlawn Avenue (or between Bloor to St Clair)
Rosedale Main Street area was designated in 2000, and has a wide variety of merchant and services from high-end antique & decor stores (its Rosedale, after all), l neighbourhood restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and gourmet shops, as well as the newly restored and renovated historic North Toronto Station (on Marlborough Avenue).
Midtown (Yonge & Eglinton)
This is a popular young neighbourhood with vibrant street shopping, movie theatres and many excellent restaurants. The many apartments an high-rise condos are popular with Torontonians in their late 20s and early 30s, and the area is sometimes called “Young and Eligible”.
East of Downtown
St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood
Jarvis and Front Streets
This historic Old Town Toronto neighbourhood was rated by “Food and Wine” magazine to be one of the world’s 25 best food markets. The South Market has 50 gourmet food vendors and a dozen lunch counters. Upstairs, the Market Gallery shows archival & historical art and photos. The North Market has hosted the Saturday Farmers’ Market for 200 years and the Sunday Antique Market.
Queens Quay Harbourfront
At the Harbour Ferry terminal, , between Bathurst and Jarvis Street
Just blocks from downtown, this is the City’s central waterfront, with Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands as a backdrop. There are hotels, unique shops, galleries, restaurants, theatres, and year-round cultural festivals. You can enjoy the parks, the promenade, the outdoor rinks, or rent a bike, or take a canoe, kayak, sailboat or power boat onto the inner harbour. Or, take a cruise on one of our many charter vessels.
King Street East
King Street east of Yonge
This area is popular with interior design fanatics and window shoppers, with lots of stores and small studio production.
East of Parliament St., between Wellesley and Dundas
This area was home to poor working-class Irish immigrants, who grew cabbages on their property. The area’s restored Victorian-style homes create a strong” neighbourhood feel”. The area is adjacent to Riverdale Farm, and Toronto’s fantastic parks system meandering up the Don Valley.
Church St N of Wellesley
Church and Wellesley is Toronto’s predominately gay and lesbian neighbourhood with lots of shops, restaurants, bars, and other businesses. Throughout the year catch exciting events like Pride Week, the Church Street Fetish Fair and Halloween. Buddies and Bad Times gay theatres are also located here.
Old Queen Street
Queen Street East between Victoria St and River St
This area has many 19th century historical sites such as the Metropolitan United Church, Dominion Square, the Queen Richmond Centre and St. Paul’s Basilica. The Dominion Hotel, one of the oldest remaining hotels in the City is a popular jazz spot. This multicultural area has quite a few boutiques and restaurants.
The Distillery District
East of King & Parliament
Take a break at one of the many restaurants and cafes in the Distillery District. The Distillery, once the world’s largest, is now an historical site with one of the largest collections of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America. Its also an arts and cultural centre with over 15 art galleries, and home to Dancemakers Theatre, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Soulpepper Theatre, Tapestry Opera Theatre and Nightwood Theatre. The centre hosts several festivals including Partigras, Roots Music Festival, Blues Festival, Antique Festival. This sophisticated shopping district has interesting boutiques, many restaurants and cafes, a microbrewery and a chocolate micro factory.
East of Don Valley
Danforth and Broadview, east of the Don Valley
“The Danforth” features attractions like diverse shopping, eating and entertainment facilities. The Music Hall attracts audiences from all over the city, while local Riverdale residents flock to Carrot Common, a trendy neighbourhood mews filled with a unique mix of boutiques. Its own exit from the Don Valley Parkway as well as two subway stops (Broadview and Chester) make this area easily accessible. The inviting shops, restaurants and cafes will make you feel welcome, and one visit will convince you to come back again and again! The Danforth BIA got started in 1987
GreekTown on the Danforth
Danforth Ave., between Chester and Jones Av
This is the largest Greek neighbourhood in North America, alive with blocks of restaurants, boutiques, shops, markets, sidewalk cafes, and a host of wonderful experiences. We invite you to experience our warm hospitality!
The Pape Village BIA was established in 1986, is a vibrant and multi-cultural retail, dining and personal services district features attractive pedestrian-scale lighting, hanging baskets and sidewalk planters. Some of Toronto’s best bakeries in Toronto and numerous excellent European delicatessens. Its annual street festival and sidewalk sale has grown into a very popular three-day celebration of local music, shopping and food. A have greatly enhanced the visual appeal of the area.
Queen Street East on the east side of the Don River
Just minutes from downtown, this energetic and growing well established commercial district is a bustling bohemian village in Toronto’s historic east end, with new pedestrian lighting and façade restorations. The emerging loft communities on Broadview and new trendy home design and fashion boutiques and cafes on Queen inspire the creative industries such as film, television, music and design are thriving, and numerous galleries are ideal for browsing. Check out the annual Riverdale Art Walk.
Gerrard India Bazaar
Gerrard Street between Coxwell and Greenwood
This lively six block long East Indian enclave, offers traditional South Asian hospitality and an abundance of exotic delights. Shop for colourful saris, dresses and exquisite fabrics, mouth-watering regional delicacies at fine East Indian restaurants, dazzling jewellery, traditional musical instruments, audio and video entertainment and state-of-the-art electronics equipment. Gerrard India Bazaar BIA has been established since 1982
Queen Street running from Kingston Road to Victoria Park Ave
People come for the parks, the boardwalk, the art deco architecture of the Harris Waterworks, and the lakeside attractions, but stay for the unique and eclectic stores and boutiques. Enjoy a coffee, European pastry, homemade ice cream cones, or fine dining, at a plentiful assortment of cafes, pubs and restaurants. Beach volleyball, Frisbee and impromptu football games are popular activities in the beach district. Also come for the top-rated Beaches International Jazz Festival in July
Danforth Avenue Main Street east to Victoria Park Ave
Several thousand households live within a short walk of this street-scaped community with over 280 street-front shops and offices. Also along this stretch of Danforth are Shoppers World, a brand new Canadian Tire store, Main Square, and a renovated Sobey’s food store. The Danforth Village BIA was created in 2006.