Practical Life in Toronto

Shopping in Toronto

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Cost of Living in Toronto

Eating & Drinking out

  • Meal out including a drink: $16 per person
  • McDonalds combo meal: $10.00
  • Cappuccino: $4.07
  • Domestic Draft Beer: $7.00 per pint
  • Soft Drink/Coke: $1.99


  • Milk: $ 9.25 per gallon
  • Loaf of Bread: $2.73
  • Eggs: $3.01 per dozen
  • Apples: $1.73 per lb
  • Bananas: $0.80 per lb
  • Tomatoes: $1.62 per lb
  • Lettuce: $2.27 per head
  • Potatoes: $1.20 per lb
  • Domestic Beer: $2.57 (half liter bottle)
  • Cigarettes: $15.00 per 20 pack


  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Trash) for 915 Sqft Apartment: $142.75


  • Gasoline: $4.82 per gallon
  • One-way ticket on local transport: $3.25
  • Taxi Start: $4.00
  • Taxi Per Mile: $2.82


  • Pair of jeans (Levi's or similar): $66.47
  • 1 summer dress (Zara or similar): $46.35
  • Nike running shoes: $104.84
  • Men's Leather Business Shoes: $ 130.83

Specialties in Canada

Canadian souvenir items like pure maple syrup, maple candy, and anything with a maple leaf can be found everywhere throughout Toronto and Canada.

Shopping Areas in Toronto

Toronto has earned a reputation as a major style destination. There is no shortage of areas to shop in throughout the City of Toronto.

  • Yorkville – This area is one of the best-known shopping areas in Toronto. It also happens to be the most expensive as well. Here you will find designer boutiques, art galleries, and high-end retail stores.
  • Toronto Eaton Centre – This is a small shopping mall that is home to many chains stores such as the Gap, H&M, Guess, J-Crew, and Zara
  • Toronto Path – PATH is the largest underground shopping network in the world. Find everything from food, drink and fashion.
  • Queen West – Toronto's hippest area for shopping and dining. Featuring chic boutiques and designer shops.
  • Yorkdale Shopping Centre- another shopping mall with many fashion shops
  • Distillery District – featuring cobble stone streets and industrial buildings, Old Town Toronto is a beautiful way to shop your way through a day

Markets in Toronto

Markets offer the perfect opportunity to shop for fresh, local goods from area farmers and shops.

  • Kensington Market - At this market you can find everything including jewelry, household items, fresh produce, and vintage clothing. Each individual store sets their own hours, so hours will vary
  • Downsview Park Merchant Market – At this market you can find deals on electronics, bulk items, antiques, books, and games. This market is every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00
  • St. Lawrence Market – This is a very popular market in downtown Toronto. With over 120 merchants, you can spend your Saturday shopping around at the bakers, butchers, and produce shops. Open every Saturday from 5:00 to 17:00.
  • Dr. Flea's Market – You'll need a car to get to this Flea market, but the size of the market makes the drive worth it. Here you will find clothing, household items, jewelry produce and a food court that has international fares.  Open every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 – 17:00
  • Black Market Toronto – Find your vintage clothing at this retro style store. You'll never pay more than $10 for any item.  Open M-W from 11:00 – 19:00; Thurs and Friday from 11:00 – 20:00; Saturday 10:00 – 20:00; and Sundays from 11:00 – 18:00
  • Arts Market – this market houses over 150 artists and designers from Toronto. You can purchase their products directly from the artists. Open Weds- Fri from 12:00 to 19:00 and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 – 19:00. Location for this market varies, so be sure to look up the location before heading over.

Supermarkets in Canada

Most grocery stores in Canada sell a full range of fresh, dry, and frozen foods, as well as household goods, stationery, clothing, toiletries and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and electronics. Many issue weekly or bi-weekly sales flyers online or via mail.

Most grocery stores offer complimentary plastic or paper bags but encourage the use of reusable bags or bins. Many supermarkets in Canada are open 24/7 or close later in the evening around 21:00 or 22:00. Check your local store for precise hours.

Major grocery store chains: Atlantic Superstore, SuperValu, Dominion, Loblaws, No Frills, SaveEasy, Valu-Mart, Fortino, Freshmart, Save-on-Foods, Sobeys, Metro, Supermarches GP, Safeway, Foodland, IGA, Price Chopper, and Whole Foods.

Update 18/08/2018


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