From coast to coast, there’s no denying that Canada is a beautiful country. Along with the stunning landscape of the True North, our nation is also home to stylish and diverse Canadians who have killer street style. Whether you love indulging in luxurious investment pieces or hunting for a bargain, Canada is home to a few impressive shopping districts. While Canadian trendsetters also have the option to travel to New York City or the European fashion capitals for their sartorial needs, they also have the privilege to experience world class shopping closer to home. With a focus on the exclusive shopping areas of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, Real Style has created our ultimate guide to a cross-country shopping trip.
After all, Vogue wouldn’t have named Queen Street West one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world if it there was nowhere to shop! From designer labels to dress shops and fast fashion retailers like HM, Queen Street West in Toronto offers something for just about every style. You can check out some of the boutiques like Pearls Pockets, Tusk and Kit Ace, while you’re in the area. For those who enjoy thrift shopping, there are many vintage shops in the area as well. What makes the neighborhood even better is that there is lots of culture to absorb, from the many art galleries to artsy hotels like The Drake and the Gladstone.
For those who are looking for luxury, the city’s Bloor-Yorkville area is an undeniably fashionable destination. You can find famed fashion houses such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, along with quality jewellers like Tiffany’s. The area also has stores like Zara and Club Monaco, for those looking for a fast fashion fix to combine with their expensive designer pieces. If you’re feeling hungry, local restaurants include Vittorio’s, La Société and Sassafraz.
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Shopaholics who are visiting Montreal and want to add some stylish pieces to their wardrobes can choose from over 1,200 places to shop from on Montreal’s Ste-Catherine Street. Located in downtown Montreal, this street stretches 15 kilometres long. It is home to a mall, as well as high end stores like Catherine Malandrino and Marie Saint Pierre. When you’re done shopping, you can also check out the art at the Grevin Museum or the Redpath Museum.
Located in downtown Vancouver, Robson Street is home to a Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew, along with the stores of the Pacific Centre Shopping Mall. In between Granville Street and Jervis Street, there are North American brands that offer everything from shoes, accessories and clothing to beauty products. When you’re done shopping, grab a bite to eat at one of the Asian restaurants by Stanley Park. If you’re interested in looking at some art, check out the Vancouver Art Gallery afterward.