Eaton Centre, Toronto
Sears is a huge department store that sells a bit of everything.
The main convenience of shopping here is the fact that you can find most of the things you might need, but prices are not the best. They are the same as everywhere else.
However... everytime that I have been there, there are sales on specific items.
Funny enough, both times I went to Canada, I came back with a new set of luggage as I got some Samsonite and Air Canada bags 60-70% off. Last time I also bought some Levi's pants and sweaters 40% off.
Weekends are usually good for sales as I guess they want to attract more people (it is located in a mainly business-oriented area).
In any case, if you are in Toronto for some time (a week or so) check in once in a while as sales come and go and often only last a day or two. You might try to get on the good side of one of the, usually very friendly, salespeople as you can get inside information on when there will be another sale.
My girlfriend bought a Guess purse 40 % off (30% plus an extra 10% scratch bonus we got that day).
The Eaton Centre is situated in the heart of Downtown Toronto. This is a 'must see' when you visit Toronto as it is a large shopping mall and lots of visitors come here being one of North America's top shopping destinations. Other tourist come to Eaton's not only to shop but also to experience a different kind of atmosphere and architecture. It's unique sculpture of Canada geese is one of the mall attractions. Hungry? Don't worry you don't need to go out of the mall. You will find fastfoods on both ends of the mall where you can eat your lunch and dinner with the selection of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Jamaican, Thailand, Vietnamese, Arabian, and of course Canadian dishes. After your meal, you may take a walk and you will find at the centre of the mall, the famous fountain. After you have done shopping and want to do some more, then you may exit at Yonge Street where you will find the Canon, and the Elgin & Winter Garden theatres. You may be able to witness street performers at the Yonge and Dundas corner and Yonge and Queen intersection. That's not all. There are more attractions you will find nearby which is too many to mention.
For your convenience, I am giving you the store schedule below:
Monday to Friday 10AM to 9PM
Saturday 9:30AM to 7PM
Sunday 12PM to 6PM
Come and enjoy your visit at Toronto Eaton's Centre. A Toronto mall you should not miss!
What to buy: There are approximately 280 shops, restaurants and other services being housed under one roof. You will find items of brand names in most shops. You may be able to buy souvenirs on some selected stores.
What to pay: Prices are above average. Most stores offer Sales on selected items many times in a year.
Yes, you can personalize your gifts from Canada. You can find your way to this unique shop situated inside the Eaton's Centre. I have been their customer for several years and satisfied with their unique art. Purchase souvenirs from this shop and have it personalized by engraving names or messages or have them embroidered initials, as per your choice. The staff will be happy to engrave your gifts and souvenirs. While waiting, you may spend time shopping to hundreds of other stores within the Eaton's shopping mall.
Come to Keyman Engravables for a lifetime memories of Canada.
What to buy: There is an array of souvenirs for engraving like Pewter & Figurines, Pendulum Clock, Genuine Leather Wallet, Ball Point Pen, Stainless Steel Flask, Sparkling Cut Glass, and embroidered Keepsake Throw Blanket and nice coloured bath towels, and many more..... You can even buy a disposable flash camera for your convenience.
What to pay: A Genuine Leather Wallet is C$34.95 and a Bath Towel with your choice of name and bear design cost only C$19.95
Please note the following:
*Prices do not include engraving unless otherwise specified
*All prices are subject to change without notice
*Prices do not include sales tax
The Toronto Eaton Center can be accessed via the Yonge subway line. Get off at either the Queen or Dundas station.
Both stops will put you actually inside the mall. I usually choose Dundas simply because I am usually aiming for Sephora and/or H&M both are at this end.
There is pretty much anything, everything and every store you can think of in this mall including two large department stores The Bay (Queen St. end) and Sears (Dundas).
The Timothy Eaton Company started not long after our confederation. The mail order catalogue (referred to as the “Homesteaders Bible”) was a huge hit in 1884 when the first one was handed out at a farmer’s exhibition. Due to widespread population mail orders came pouring in and The T. Eaton Company had stumbled upon a great business venture and help shaped Canadian pioneer life.
The last Eaton's store closed its doors on Feb. 26, 2002 and I still miss this national institution!
What to buy: If you can't find SOMETHING in this place you don't need to be shopping!
What to pay: At times very expensive, but if the sales are on....... woooooo hooooo!
What can I really write about the Eaton's Centre that hasn't been written a billion times in other VT users' tips? Ummm... It has some geese models hanging by wires from the ceiling?
There are over 285 shops inside. The "Info Desk" on Level 2 can help you find what you're looking for and they'll give you a free city map and brochures about other local attractions. The decorations inside the Centre during the Christmas season are fantastic!
The Centre stretches two full city blocks, attracts approximately 50 million visitors annually, and is apparently the #1 most visited tourist attractions in Toronto. Although the first Eaton Store on this location was built in 1883, most of what we now see of the six-storey glass-ceiling building was constructed in the late 1970s. The mobile flock of Canada Geese, entitled "Flight Stop", was made by Toronto-born artist Michael Snow.
You can access the Eaton Centre through the "Dundas" or "Queen" subway stations. If you are really brave, there are parking garages adjacent--personally I like the one on Dundas beside the Marriott Hotel.
There used to be an Eaton's in almost every shopping centre in Canada but unfortunately they went bankerupt and had to shut down all the stores. All that's left of it is the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto and it is one of the most visited attractions for tourists, as well as a popular hangout/shopping spot for Torontonians. It's a large mall with lots of great places to shop whether you're looking for clothes, shoes, books, souvenirs, food, any goods, jewelry, etc. You will find a lot of larger international brand name stores such as Banana Republic, GAP and Nine West. But I find there are even more of Canadian fashions and retailers - among some of my personal favourites: dynamtie, Jacob Connexion, Le Chateau, Smart Set, and Tristan and America.
Eaton Centre is one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) shopping malls in Toronto. Inside you will find numerous smaller shops that sell everything from clothes to souvenirs and from shoes to candy.
There are five levels to chose from - both the most of it is taken up by the huge departement store Sears. A great store where you can find virtualy everything.
Inside you can also admire a special art exhibition by Michael Snow. He made a project using 60 life size Canade Geese. Although they were meant to be taken down long tie ago - people decided they wanted to keep it.
This shopping centre was huge! My travelling companion was in her absoloute element!
There are shops of every kind,with eateries too, and its in out of the cold which is a big plus.
The architecture is cool too!
What to buy: You can buy anything here, imagine, all the main brands from everywhere all thrown together to make the Eaton Centre.
What to pay: You could spend a fortune!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Disney Store at Eaton Center is probably about the same as the Disney Stores anywhere.
I was shopping for birthday presents for two of my grandchildren who were born at the end of June (age 6) and the beginning of July (age 3). I wanted them sent directly to them, as I didn't want to carry them around.
The previous May we all went to a family reunion at Disney World
What to buy: For my granddaughter: $78.00 Canadian
A Bug's Life VHS
Bug's Life Watch
Tarzan Animals Skirt
For my grandson: $84.00 Canadian
Tarzan backpack and safari outfit
What to pay: I spent a total of $219.68 Canadian This was $151.50 in US$
The Eaton Centre is a Galleria type place with a high domed glass ceiling and several levels of shops around a central area. In the area enclosed by the dome there is an ariel sculpture of Candian geese flying the length of the centre. (using the British Canadian spelling for center)
I found that when I went down to the back end of the centre and took the elevator up that I would be on a level with the geese, and if I was quick I could get a photo of them.
Mon-Fri 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sun 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
What to buy: I went to the Disney store (see another tip) which is not too much different from a Disney store anywhere - not representative. I also ate dinner at the food court very cheaply.
For many tourists (and I pity those who actually are like this) the Eaton Centre is the primary reason for a trip to Toronto. The is the shopaholics Mecca as there are seemingly countless stores that will appeal to all ages and all bank accounts.
The Eaton Centre was designed by Eberhard Zeidler and Bregman + Hamann Architects and was meant to resemble Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II located in Milan, Italy. I have always liked this design for the top floor is very bright with sunlight. Throughout the years there have been many additions and redesigns of the mall. Probably the biggest change is the fact that there is no longer a "Eaton's" who went bankrupt twice. No loss as I thought that the store was dreary. They have also pulled down the Cineplex theatre, at one time the largest multi-screen theatre is the world. Additions have included a H&M store. There are now 330 stores in the complex and more will be added in 2006. There is also one notable piece of art that being the "Flight Stop" a sculpture by Michael Snow. It represents a flock of Canadian geese landing from the galleria ceiling and is located near the south entrance to the mall on the top floor.
Originally when the mall was opened back in 1977, The Eaton Centre had three shopping levels where the most expensive stores, like Harry Rosen, were located on the top floor while the cheapest places where located on the bottom floor. Today these remains the plan however I have noticed that the result of this is that the bottom floor is full of teenagers while the top floor sees little pedestrian traffic. Another problem I have with the mall is the fact that in recent years the south entrance off of Queen as become the focal point of assorted riffraff, panhandling, cruising for sex and selling drugs.
What to buy: Indigo Books is a very good bookstore, similar to Barnes and Nobles. All the other usual chains that you might find in malls from California to Poland are here. Uniquely Canadian is Harry Rosen, which is a men's clothing store. The mall is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Opened in 1977 the Eaton centre shopping complex is situated in the heart of downtown Toronto,it is the largest shopping mall in eastern Canada and 3rd largest in the country.There are 230 stores and services operating on 5 floors than occupy 1,722,000 sq ft.It recieves over 1 million visitors every week.The architect was Eberhand Zeider.
Opening hours-mon to fri-10.00am till 9.00pm
sat-9.30am till 7.00pm
sun-11.00am till 6.00pm
What to buy: Everything from clothes,electronics,toys,books,dvds,hardware to furniture,decorations,sports goods etc.
What to pay: Depends on item
I always enjoy walking through the Eaton’s Centre. The stores have stratified them themselves in layers with expensive clothes boutiques on the upper most floor, mainstream clothes and accessories on the middle floor and (more interesting) electronics and the food court on the lowest floor. The Centre is centrally located in the downtown area, so you’ll find yourself passing by the building several times whenever you venture downtown. Its location makes the center an excellent rest and rendezvous site.
This is a great shopping choice if its pouring down rain outside. The Sears seems better than US Sears, and they have Club Monaco, and Zarah as well. Lots of kiosks and several floors of shops.
The place looks really spectacular and there are over 285 shops.
What to buy: Anything a mall would carry.
Its hard to find something to say about the Eatons Centre that nobody else has already said. The variety of stores, from touristy shops to high-end fashion stores, entertainment, restaurants & the food courts, the fountains, and the architectural structure, there is probably something for everyone. Yes, there has been some trouble with gangs at the Centre, but I wouldnt NOT visit the Eaton Centre because of fear of being attacked.
What to buy: You can buy just about anything at the Eaton Centre - including a toothbrush!
If youre looking for music, personally, though, I would walk up Yonge St to Sam the Record Man, or HMV.
Dont forget the Bay just across Queen St which you can get to underground, walking across the street or over-ground via the walkway.
What to pay: $ to $$$ the sky is the limit.