119 Yorkville Ave., Yorkville
A quick stroll down the street from the Four Seasons you’ll find 119 Corbo, spread over two floors in a prettily-outfitted navy townhouse. The edit leans heavily on European labels like Stella McCartney, Dries, and Balenciaga across dresses, accessories, and more casual sweaters and shirts.
Advice from a Caterpillar
8 Price St., Rosedale
Advice from a Caterpiller is an enchanting store brimming with clothes, toys, accessories, and furniture for babies and littles up to eight years old. For the newborns in your life, shop for the most adorable onesies and rompers from Petit Bateau and Mini Rodini, bunny-eared woolen bonnets, and teeny-tiny sweaters and dresses. You’ll also find really beautiful—and practical—gifts for the mama, our favorite being the chic Moutmout portable changing mats. For older kiddos choose from puzzles, books, and art-supplies for entertainment as well as a full clothing selection.
Bay Street Video
1172 Bay St., Yonge & Bloor
All aboard the nostalgia train straight back to nineties when we all spent Friday nights cruising the aisles at the video store. For the film obsessive, this super-specialty store stocks literally every film on DVD and blue ray, broken up by director. You can also bring your old VHS tapes and get them transferred to DVD (hello, childhood home videos).
2 Roxborough St. W., Rosedale
Sunny, airy, and meticulously edited, this space is actually a full-service beauty destination. Come here for brow shaping, facials, and a lengthy menu of waxing options—then, take some of the magic home with you at the on-site boutique. The team behind Gee—mom Miriam, and daughters Natalie, Stephanie, and Celene—keep the shelves brimming with tried-and-true beauty favorites, including Rodin, Sunday Riley, plus goop by Juice Beauty.
50 Bloor St. W., Yorkville
With 180 years of fashion history under its belt, Holt Renfrew is to Canada what Bloomingdales or Saks Fifth Avenue is to Americans—a storied luxury department store with a designer roster that hovers in the hundreds (from Mother denim to Margiela and everything in between). Special-touch services like on-site tailoring and monogramming are a lovely throwback to the store’s royal past (Queen Victoria was a fan).
1120 Yonge St., Summerhill
While home décor options at Hopson Grace are abundant, the presentation is never overwhelming. Store founders Andrea Hopson and Martha Grace McKimm have carefully curated delicate vases (which will undoubtedly turn you into a flower person, if you aren't already), ultramodern cheese boards, oil bottles, and other pretty kitchen essentials. All of it makes for special, thoughtful gifts for the host, but for something truly unique look to the HG Originals line—an assortment of specially made home artifacts including story tiles (each one bearing a Canadian scene), beautifully carved wood blocks, and even raw honey. Images courtesy of Ben Rahman.
198 Walnut Ave., West Queen West
Founded in 2012 by two best friends, Claudia Dey and Heidi Sopinka wanted to make clothes that were beautiful, utilitarian, and durable—the kind of trusted pieces that serve the backbone of your wardrobe, again and again. Sustainability is paramount to both founders, and everything is made with natural fabrics sourced from family-owned mills in Italy and Japan, and sewn a mile from their Toronto studio. The pieces themselves are impossible not to love—soft turtlenecks, cool utilitarian jumpsuits in block colors, pretty silk dresses in loose shapes, and cocoon-shaped outerwear in the softest wool.
I Miss You
63 Ossington Ave., Ossington
A purely word-of-mouth haunt for years, owner Julie Yoo has managed to assemble one of those incredible vintage shops which is packed to the rafters with legitimate finds—everything from Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior. Each piece is in perfect condition, already dry-cleaned, touched up, and ready to wear. This treasure trove isn’t really the spot for a casual browse, but if you’re on a mission and ready to spend, I Miss You is hands-down the best vintage store in Toronto, and perhaps one of the best in North America.
2959 Dundas St. W., Junction Triangle
Mjölk translates to Milk, because the owners felt that word summed up the inventory, which, like milk is pure, honest, and essential. This design store is run by husband and wife duo John and Juli Baker, who traverse the globe seeking out furniture, homewares, lighting, and interesting objects that embody their slow living aesthetic. Expect a restrained, soothing interior and a careful edit of lifestyle pieces with a focus on craftsmanship and function—like beautifully made Japanese oak stirring spoons or charcoal pine incense—items that enhance your experience of daily life in your own home. The store also acts as a gallery space that regularly exhibits works by Scandinavian and Japanese artists, alongside Mjölk's own product collaborations with local and international designers that explore the art of the daily ritual.
North Standard Trading Post
1662 Queen St. W., Parkdale
Simply put, the North Standard Trading Post stocks all the items you need to survive the brutal Canadian winter. (Think: snug coats and sweaters from the likes of Carhartt and Woolrich, as well as their own label.) A celebration of adventure and outdoor living, you’ll notice collections of books themed around Canadian life from vintage issues of National Geographic, to a guide to camping with kids.
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