A guide to shopping on Toronto's Eglinton Avenue

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While there’s no shortage of shopping options at Yonge and Eglinton, we’ve picked out our local faves, some of which have been flying under the radar for years. Stroll through a used clothing shop, a charming bookstore, a boutique toting a modern collection of men’s and women’s garb, an art store or a spot for new skincare items. Here’s our guide to shopping on Eglinton Avenue. [Image credit: iStock.com/ Troels Graugaard]

BMV Books

2289 Yonge St, Toronto ON M4P 2C6

If you prefer to read the “old-fashioned” way and get a thrill when you find a pop-art coffee table book that’s been out of print for years, check out BMV, a used bookstore that doubles as a browsing paradise. For almost 20 years, BMV has been supplying readers with unique finds and hot contemporary reads of the past decade. Topics range from best-selling fiction to spirituality to cook books to graphic novels to vintage mags.

Intuition Toronto

2487 Yonge St, Toronto ON M4P 2H6

Just north of Eglinton Station, this cozy boutique stocks a curated collection of modern men’s and women’s garb. Browse an array of T-shirts with unique prints, comfy yet stylish joggers, luxe drop-neck sweaters and button-ups with an edge. In the women’s section you’ll find statement necklaces, classic cable knits, chic crop tops and specialty brands from Paris and Italy.

DeSerres Toronto-Uptown

124 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto ON M4R 2G8

Whether you’re feeling crafty or need some inspiration to finish off that DIY art project, hit up this art lovers megastore for a dose of inspiration. For painters, there are canvases, acrylic and oil-based paints and brushes galore. Beginner crafters and artists take heed, the staff will walk you through what you need to start scrapbooking or jewellery-making, and will also guide you through the aisle of felts, pencil crayons or sketch pads for your after-work art class.

Pure And Simple Eglinton

2516 Yonge St, Toronto ON M4P 2H7

Is it time to change up your skincare regime? Pure and Simple’s Yonge and Eglinton location carries its own extensive collection of natural and organic body care, ranging from cleansers, toners, masks and moisturizers. Top picks to plump up your skin include the purifying French clay mask and the relaxation inducing organic lavender hydrosol.

The humidex is off the charts, summer festivals are in full swing and patios are packed. Yes, summer has finally arrived in the 6. To survive the dog days of summer, we’ve handpicked some of our top spots for must have summer essentials – from sunscreen, swimsuits and sunnies, to bikes, hats and sandals. [Image credit: iStock.com/Atilla ALTUN]
It’s not about how much you spend when decking out your space, it’s about those quality finds that reflect your unique style and taste. From one-of-a-kind found objects and mid-century furnishings to coasters inspired by TTC tokens or a bubble gum pink turntable, here’s our picks for the best design shops in the city for tasteful objects and necessary accessories alike. [Image credit: iStock.com/jodiejohnson]
If finding the perfect bunch of kale for your smoothie or a chicken pot pie that tastes as good as mom’s is what really fuels your foodie mojo, it’s time to step away from the big box grocery store. We’ve rounded up our top independent grocers for premium produce, take-home fare, gourmet cheeses, all-natural products and ethical meats, plus a food co-op and a 24-hour neighbourhood favourite.
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