Holt Renfrew, Toronto
With the largest concentration of high end designer fashions in Canada, Yorkdale has become the premiere shopping destination for Torontonians. It is a mega shopping centre anchored by two department stores, The Bay & Sears, though they serve less purpose here than in other malls. The mall is single level, but has over four sections to amuse the consumer, so you could spend at least 2 hours in here.
The mall has a nice interior setting, though the furniture arrangement always seem cluttered, & the crowds grow once it is in prime shopping hours.
Parking can prove to be a huge problem @ this mall, & even getting here from the highway ramp is a nuisance. They are always jammed & getting into the mall could take at least 10 minutes. The subway is located outside of the mall, but is connected by a long indoor ventilated pathway.
The service booth offers buggies if you brought children. Also available are tourist information & customer serivce.
Mon - Fri: 10am - 9pm
Sat: 9:30am - 9pm
Sun: 11am - 6pm
What to buy: Firstly, Yorkdale is a fashion paradise, with stores like American Eagle, Banana Republic, Club Monaco, The Gap, Guess, Roots, Sisley, Stitches, Levi's, Timberland, Tristan-America, Esprit, Femme de Carriere, Jacob, Laura, Melanie Lyne, Mendocino, Mirabelli, Talbots, Toni +, Harry Rosen, Aldo
B2, Calderone, Foot Locker, Nike at Athletes World, Nine West, Nuovo Bocci, Pegabo, Transit, Holt Renfrew & Baby Gap.
Also popular are M.A.C. cosmetics, Indigo Books & Cafe, Music World, HMW, P.J's Pet Centre, Godiva Chocolatier, Laura Secord(ice cream), LCBO (liquor store), Aveda & the Sony Store.
Recently, two large American houseware retailers have tapped into the Canadian market & have opened stores at Yorkdale Mall. They are Pottery Barn & the more upscale Williams-Sonoma.
Famous Player's Silver City is Yorkdale's cinema, with over 12 screens that will give you the ultimate theatre experience.
Yorkdale's foodcourt offer a lot of variety, including A&W, Cultures, KFC, Mac Sushi, Made in Japan, Manchu Wok, New York Fries, Second Cup, Ten Ren's Tea Time, Timothy's Coffee, Yogen Fruz, Tim Hortons
Restaurants are also abundant @ Yorkdale mall, including Casey's Grillhouse, Milestone's Grill & Bar, Michel's Bakery Cafe, Pickle Barrel, Rainforest Cafe.
Banks located @ Yorkdale include Bank of Nova Scotia, TD Canada Trust, CIBC, & Royal Bank. Other foreign exchanges transactions can be cleared through Thomas Cook, though their buy/sell rates can sometimes be horrendous.
What to pay: more than $50 CAD...
Address: 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario
Directions: TTC: Yorkdale Subway station
Car: HWY 401 - exit Allen Rd.
Phone: (416) 789 - 3261