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Shopping at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
As a luxury shopping hot spot in the fashionable city of Toronto, Yorkdale Shopping Centre is the place to be for anyone with high-end taste and a buck to spend.
This mall is home to Toronto’s favourite luxury brands, like Gucci and Balenciaga, and offers all the upscale services that will make your shopping experience easier, from valet services to personal stylists. It is also home to tons of brands’ first Canadian shops, making it a landmark shopping experience, and has everything from luxury brands to department stores and everyday shops.
Things to buy at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
As one of Canada’s most prolific places for luxury brands, shoppers will fall in love with the selections available at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The likes of Balenciaga, Burberry, Cartier, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tiffany & Co., Versace and more make the Centre an absolute dream for fashionable visitors.
Although it’s a luxury hot spot, the mall also caters to those with more modest taste, with everything from Aritzia to Old Navy. In terms of apparel, there is a smattering of shops to choose from, so you can find everything from activewear to high heels and more. Three department stores — Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom and Hudson’s Bay — make the Centre a staple for gifts and homeware. The mall also offers extensive skin care shops, like LUSH, L’Occitane, Kiehl’s and the Body Shop, so you can pamper yourself after your trip to the mall.
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to high-end fashion and design, book a stylist at the mall. For $195, a personal stylist will spend two hours consulting and shopping with you so you can walk out feeling your best. The stylist appointment includes valet parking too.
Places to eat in or near Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Yorkdale Shopping Centre offers plenty of sit-down restaurants, specialty food shops, juice bars, coffee shops and quick bites. Sit in the vast food court or grab a cozy booth at an upscale restaurant to wind down your day of shopping.
Located inside of Nordstrom, this swanky sit-down bistro offers a full bar, wine and delicious food. From well-crafted salads to scrumptious desserts, you’ll find anything you desire here.
For anyone with a sweet tooth, Ladurée is a must-do during your visit to Yorkdale Shopping Centre. They’re famous for their macarons filled with delicate ganache. It’s located right across from Louis Vuitton.
This Toronto juice bar offers fresh and tasty juices that will fuel you for your day of shopping. Choose from cold-pressed juices or light fare at this place right by Harry Rosen.
The Cheesecake Factory
What’s a visit to the mall without a stop at the Cheesecake Factory? Grab one of your favourite comfort meals at this mall staple, located by Hudson’s Bay.
Things to see at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
As one of Toronto’s first ever malls, the Yorkdale Shopping Centre is a historic place for shoppers. For example, it’s now the home to the statue Universal Man, which originally lived at the base of the CN Tower. When Skydome, now Rogers Centre, was built, the statue was moved to the Centre, where it lives today. View it outside in the mall’s western parking lot.
It’s also a special place for Canadian firsts. The likes of the Apple Store, the Microsoft Store, Kate Spade New York, Tesla Motors, the Cheesecake Factory and more have their first Canadian stores in this mall and they are all worth a visit.
Fun facts about Yorkdale Shopping Centre
- Yorkdale Shopping Centre has the most luxury and designer brand stores in the entire country of Canada
- Yorkdale Shopping Centre opened in 1964 as the largest enclosed mall in the world
- The Centre stretches over more than two million square feet, making it the third largest mall in the country
- There are 270 stores at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
- Yorkdale Shopping Centre is known as a first-in-Canada hot spot, with many stores opening their first Canadian branches at this mall
- The Centre was the first mall in Canada to house two department stores when it opened. The stores were Simpson’s and Eaton’s
- The Centre was Toronto’s first major mall
How to get to Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Yorkdale Shopping Centre, in the northern region of Toronto, is located by the junction of several major highways, making it an easy place to access by car and public transit.
By TTC: Take the TTC Yonge-University line to Yorkdale Station. Via bus, take the 29 or 47. The York Region Transit 360 bus also stops at this station.
By GO: Take the 19, 27F, 34, 36B, or 92 GO bus to the Finch Bus Terminal or the York Mills Bus Terminal.
By car: From the west or east, take the 401 Expressway. Get off at Yorkdale Road. From the north or south, take Allen Road to the Yorkdale exit.
Parking: Taking a ride share to the mall is a great way to avoid parking, with three designated drop-off points. For drivers, park in one of several thousand complimentary parking spots underground or in the parking lots. There are several electric vehicle charging stations available for use around the lots. There is also a valet service and bicycle parking available.