How to shop and dress like a local in the YYZ.
Boutique shops and cafés in quaint low-rise storefronts line this epic strip of Queen Street West (a 40-minute-plus walk if you’re not stopping), and no stop is a bad stop. Start at Beaconsfield Avenue and work your way east.
Cute and cheerful boutique flush with adorable gifts, stationery, small geometric planters and avocado-shaped jewellery holders from talented local makers.
Nitasha Goelʼs well-curated shop is all about all-natural and small-batch products from quality makers (local and abroad). Find buzzed-about face masks from Artifact Skin Co. alongside hand-made lavender and herb Mabrook and Co. deodorant and new hand-picked skin-care favourites you haven’t heard about yet.
An organizer's dream of space-editing essentials. Locals may gravitate to the bigger home stuff in the back, but my heart beats for the robust travel accessory section (packing cubes, GoToobs, fitness kits with tensor bands). I will be back.
T.O. gets a rep for being more metropolitan in the face of our West Coast casual, but really they’re a big town that loves to rock tried-and-true basics that take you from Jays game to after-work cocktails.
The Jacket For women it was all about the black leather moto. Cropped and belted, itʼs thrown over everything from black tights with oversized tees and black runners to LBDs. Madewell, $664, nordstrom.com
The Hat This classic Toronto Blue Jays cap was the No. 1 accessory for men and women, day or night, even when hitting the town. (Jays pride goes with everything.) $43, lids.ca
The Sweater A cheeky staple from locally founded brand Peace Collective. The one-for-one company donates a portion of its sales to kids in need and has a flagship store on Ossington Avenue. Obviously, outside of Toronto, itʼs only to be worn as jammies. $65, peace-collective.com