Toronto is Canada's shopping capital, where top international labels and incredible local brands are all on offer.

The most famous mall is the Eaton Centre. It's comprehensive insofar as it has brand-name stores, restaurants and entertainment under one roof. That said, it's hardly worth leaving home for. Visitors are far better off seeking out local stores that are unique to the city. Lovers of haute couture should try Canadian labels such as Lida Baday, Ross Mayer, Crystal Siemens and Linda Lundstrom.

St Lawrence Market has an amazing array of local arts and crafts, plus excellent food. Kensington Market is the place to go for vintage clothing and other eccentric paraphernalia, while the Heritage Antique Market has an amazing selection of vintage items.

Queen St West is an essential stroll for the serious shopper. It's where visitors will find the best that young and trendy Toronto has to offer. Past Bathurst Street has small, independent art galleries, where discerning buyers can pick up a souvenir that just may grow in value. Yorkville, along Bloor Street, is the city's most exclusive shopping district. It's home to the boutiques and jewellers from Milan, Paris and London.

Hunting for souvenirs? Toronto does suggest some obvious choices like maple syrup, and gifts emblazoned with Mounties or maple leafs. Alternative choices would be Native American art, dream catchers or moccasins.

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