* Aside from the CN Tower, another one which is a Tourists´ magnet is the well-known shopping mall, Eaton Centre right in the middle of Toronto City. A Mall which can be “heaven” for shopping lovers. It is not a must for you to buy but just to have an own impression about the architectural side of it can be a great interest. The sky-dome-shaped ceilings of frosted glasses and steel reminded me of the roofing of the shopping mall in GUM, Moscow. The only difference is that Eaton Centre is more modern designed while Gum remained its classic originality. Eaton Centre is a good alternative place to relax to escape from the outside world during bad weather conditions. Or spend a cup of coffee and maybe taste the multi-cultural cuisine at food courts located at the basement of the Mall is worth a try.
I love shopping, and the Eaton Centre was a hop, skip and jump for our hotel. We walked past it everyday so we had to go in....one word of warning avoid a Saturday afternoon if you can - utter maddness and it seems the worldwide passtime of teenagers - shopping!
There is a good choice of shops from Bargain to High end. Allegedly low end on the lower floor, with high and at the top floor - don't take too much notice to this as we didn't find this to be the case.
The sculpture - Flight Stop - at one of the entrances to the Eaton Centre is worth a look - designed by Artist Michael Snow - it is a lovely piece of art I have to say.
There is a food hall on the basement floor of the Eaton Centre which offers a good choice of reasonably priced places to eat - great for those on a budget or with children - and there is obviously a McDonalds - don't those places get everywhere!
Note for those coming from the UK - we found it incredibly pricy - more expensive than the USA - on average a top from Zara was double what it is in the UK - just thought I would advise!
This is the center of Toronto's shopping and entertainment. Looking for something that you forgot to bring? Just want to browse? Or are you trying to find a good place for lunch? This is the place to go.
I'm not a fan of shopping, but many people that visit Toronto are - basically for UK visitors, what you get for £1 you can get for $1. So, basically your spending power is double here. The Eaton Centre is not the least expensive place to buy things, but it's worth a visit.
I like the Eaton Centre for the architecture. It looks like crap from the outside but as you can see in the pic below, it's really cool inside.
Euton Center Shopping Mall is in the very center of down-town Toronto and is the largest shopping mall in Toronto and the 3rd largest shopping mall in Canada.
The Euton Center is the number one tourist attraction here in Toronto in terms of number of customers, and bear in mind that CN-Tower is also here in Toronto, so that says something about the mall :)
There are more than 360 shops and restaurants here in this four-level complex. In the ceiling in one part of the mall there are grey geese flying above your head.
Eaton Centre is a monstrous shopping center on Yonge Street (so large, it has two subway stations!) There are 250 stores, including some of your standbys like a Disney Store and an Apple Store - covering three main floors. But part of the allure is just the look of the place, with it's rising glass ceilings. It also has several attractions, including a flock of sculpted Canadian Geese at one end of the shopping center. A good chunk of this is hooked up to the PATH system through Underground Toronto. If you're a shopper, you'll love it. If you're not, there's enough to admire about the place to make it worth a stop.
A great place to shop and certainly a "must" while in Toronto. this is a magnificent Centre.
There are several different levels of shops and plenty of places to eat. There is even a Best Buy! We even saw a college on one of the upper levels!
I never have enjoyed myself more at shopping than I have at this place!
Located near the downtown core, Eaton Centre contains many shops, and is connected to other shopping areas by underground walkways. During the holiday season, the Centre is decked out in Christmas glory!
Situated in the center of Downtown along Yonge Street and just a couple of blocks from City Hall is Toronto's enormous, multi-story epicenter of shopping, Eaton Centre. Aside from offering a seemingly endless supply of shops and eateries, Eaton Centre also connects with Toronto's underground maze of store-lined walkways. With so much variety, you could spend days shopping and without even setting foot outside!
Department stores, exclusive shops, neighbourhood retailers and ethnic markets, Toronto has more than 20,000 stores catering to all fashions and tastes.
Its premier shopping destination, the Eaton Centre, is a multi-levelled, glass-roofed galleria comprising more than 320 shops and restaurants, 17 cinemas, and a 400-room Marriott hotel.
As one of Toronto's premier tourist attractions, the Eaton Centre would definitely amaze some and dissapoint others. Indeed, it is one of the largest downtown malls in North America, but the store selection & variety of stuff the Eaton Centre sells is typical of any North American megamall.
The Eaton Centre comprises of 5/6 floors with office space above & a flagship Sears store (bought Eatons in 1999) located in the middle of the shopping centre.
The most interesting attraction to see within the Eaton Centre is the artwork that is displayed hanging from the ceiling. Though the flocks of Canada Geese are cool, I still prefere the beautiful decorations for Christmas.
At the Eaton Centre, you can find North American Brand Names like Old Navy, the Gap, Sony, American Eagle Outfitters, Pottery Barn, Esprit & Roots.
The Eaton Centre is typically not crowded except during holidays(especially during boxing week - Dec. 26), where bargain shoppers rush in to reap the savings.
Many say that the Eaton Centre is horribly overpriced, but I have found that for some reason Eaton Centre has the most SALES DISCOUNT periods. My guess is that downtown styles change much faster, and therefore there are more clearences. I confess that I prefer shopping at the Eaton Centre & not at the less lively suburban malls scattered @ the fringes of the GTA. Clearly, downtown stores are better stocked & their styles are usually ahead of the pack : )
Usually outside the Eaton Centre (especially across from the newly created Dundas Square) is live entertainment from Toronto's artistic & entertainment community. There's always a new & unique act to entertain the large crowds that gather around them.
The third largest mall in Canada and one of Toronto's most popular tourist attractions. The mall consists of 3 floors with more than 285 shops and restaurants, you'll probably want to take a whole day to explore the mall. You can also watch buskers and explore shopes on the streets just outside the mall. The Pantages, Elgin and Winter Theatres are within walking distance.
The typical americanised shopping mall of the west, The Eaton Centre has everything you could possibly want. The cheapest shops are on the lower levels and generally as you get higher, so do the prices. Not the most cultural or extrordinary day out but will certainly satisfy those shopaholics out there, me being one of them!!!
EATON CENTER....The Toronto Eaton Centre is more than just a shopping centre. It's an architectural model for shopping malls around the country. Built in 1979, and given a new facade in 1999, it is the third largest mall in Canada and is recognized as one of the city's most popular Toronto attractions.The Centre is located at Dundas and Yonge Streets and has more than 285 shops, restaurants, a movie theatre, and a police station. Its a great place to be inside during the long...cold Canadian winters.
Toronto Eaton Centre
220 Yonge St. (Toronto Eaton Centre)
Toronto , M5B 2H1
Telephone: (416) 598-8700
The Toronto Eaton Centre is more than just a shopping centre. It's an architectural model for shopping malls around the country. Built in 1979, and given a new facade in 1999, it is the third largest mall in Canada and is recognized as one of the city's most popular Toronto attractions.
The Centre is bordered by Dundas Street (north), Yonge Street (east), Queen Street (south) and Bay Street (west). There are more than 285 shops, restaurants, and services to wind your way through, not to mention a movie theatre, ticket kiosk to buy discount theatre tickets, and a police station. When you're taking a breather from shopping, stop by Centre Court's famous fountain or look up for Renowned Canadian artist Michael Snow's sculpture of Canada geese entitled, Flight Stop.
The Pantages, and the Elgin and Winter Garden theatres are within walking distance, and if you're hungry Yonge Street is overflowing with cuisine from around the world. Outside, at the Yonge and Dundas corner, street vendors sell their wares while buskers and bands perform for passerbys, lunch crowds and throngs of teens.