5 Shopping Malls in Ontario

July 30, 2019
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Ontario is jam packed with a ton of shopping centres where you and your friends could easily devote days just exploring them.

People would spend hours on end to walk around a mall, not necessarily buying anything but could be looking around for prospect items or collections to update their fashion knowledgebase. Additionally, there are people who also spend hours in the mall to just hang out and have a lovely time with friends and family.

And then there are shopaholics.

People who love to shop in general will truly love boarding on a mission to look for the most to-die-for fashion pieces and collections that might probably range from vintage finds, highly talented local designers, all the way to international haute couture.

In this article, we are going to share with you our top five favorite malls across Ontario, we understand that there are far too many shopping malls out there, but we have only picked out the ones that are game changers. So, put on your best pair of sneakers, and prepare for a mall-crawl.

Toronto Eaton Centre

The Toronto Eaton Centre is one of Ontario’s most iconic shopping malls. It is conveniently situated along the downtown area of Yonge Street, right in the center of Dundas and Queen.

The Toronto Eaton Centre is a highly stylish shopping centre; one can take a photo in front of the infamous Canada Geese statue that flies overhead as you enter and walk through the glass ceilinged infrastructure. Inside, you will be welcome to explore a variety of restaurants and services, as well as around 250 retail stores.

You can start by going through the Hudson’s Bay situated on Queen Street, which is the company’s main location. Here, you can discover tons of high-end designer finds in The Room, while a mid-price range of stuff if you go in Saks Fifth Avenue.

There is more to this shopping mall than you can imagine as a matter of fact the Toronto Eaton Centre will also serve you with international brands right at your fingertips with brands such as H&M, J. Crew, and the infamous Apple Store.

If you ever get tired of shopping, you can always retire from it and have a sumptuous meal from their selection of vast culinary options on their food court.

Vaughan Mills

Also famously known as a shopper’s dream, the Vaughan Mills is situated a little bit along the northern part of Toronto all the way into the city of Vaughan. It can be easily accessed through Highway 400.

This shopping mall got its tag for being anchored by several highly popular retail stores such as everyone’s favorite, Victoria’s Secret, then Saks OFF 5th, and The Children’s Place.

What sets the Vaughan Mills shopping mall apart is that it has a specific area for people who loves the outdoors! Outdoorsy customers and visitors may always head on to the enormous Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World which is packed with fishing, hunting, and camping gears, gizmos, and supplies.

Also, if you are carrying a toddler with you, or kids in general, why not treat them to the 40,000 square foot LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. It’s packed with exciting rides, Master Model Builder workshops, an impressive LEGO model of Toronto’s most iconic landmarks, and a 4D Cinema.

Toronto Premium Outlets

If you cannot find exactly what you are looking for at other shopping malls or retail shops, perhaps the Toronto Premium Outlets may have exactly what you want and need. Technically, it’s a bit farther from the city compared to the rest of the shopping centres mentioned in this article, but it has a highly impressive collection of amazing local and high-end brands for much cheaper at outlet prices.

The Toronto Premium Outlets is surely for all sorts of bargain-hunters. Whether you are looking for sportswear, or high-end designer fashion pieces, the Toronto Premium Outlets have everything. They carry international brands such as Hugo Boss, Ted Baker London, Adidas, and even Zumiez. You are guaranteed to find amazing brands and pieces which are priced impressively whichever time of the year you decide to go.

Square One

Situated in the southwest area of the city all the way to Mississauga, more amazing retail treats await anyone who loves to shop in Square One. It is actually one of the largest shopping malls across Ontario, and currently it is boasting a little over 360 stores and services in more than 1.6 million square feet of shopping space. Dubbed as the Emerald City by those who are enchanted by its large scale, you can explore both local and high-end international brands and boutiques in Square One.

You can find brands such as M for Mendocino, Stars Mens, and even Ann Taylor. Additionally, Ben Sherman and Simons opened in 2016, kicking up the fashion game up a notch. If that is not enough to keep you in awe, there are also plenty of specialty stores for footwear, electronics, and accessories as well as a wide range of dining options to top it all off.

Yorkdale Shopping Centre

The Yorkdale Shopping center is situated in the northwest part of Ontario. One can easily take a short drive or a quick subway ride going to this particular shopping center.

This shopping mall is well packed with a highly impressive variety and range of brands and merchandise. You can find almost everything you need and want from the Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and we mean anything from toys, books, fashion, food, and even kitchenware.

It contains a little over 250 stores inside, and actually has the highest concentration of luxury brands across Toronto.  Additionally, apart from the large scale of fashion and accessory shops in Yorkdale, it has also provided space for much more unique shops such as Zara Home and the LEGO Store.

There are far more too many shopping malls spread out across Ontario, but nothing compares to the ones mentioned above. With their vast selection of not only local and international fashion brands, they have stepped up the shopping game across Canada.