Shops at Don Mills: The City’s Newest Shopping Destination Is Worth A Visit

Everything old is new again. The former Don Mills Shopping Centre in North York began as an outdoor shopping plaza in the 1960s; eventually, as times and tastes changed, it was retrofitted into an indoor shopping centre. Now, it has morphed into the Shops at Don Mills, where shoppers can once again enjoy an outdoor retail experience.

Outdoor shopping plazas may not be new to our city, but the Shops at Don Mills is like no other outdoor shopping experience ever seen in Toronto. This well-conceived and well-designed retail showpiece has been built in accordance with the City of Toronto’s Green Development Guidelines.

The new urbanism look and feel of this place is accentuated by the Town Square, located in the middle of the development.

The Town Square is flanked on one side by a magnificent water feature that errupts into a four-minute show twice every hour. At the other end of the Town Square is an eye-popping clock tower; a sculpture designed by famed Canadian artist and author Douglas Coupland. The symbols on this unique clock tower are models of houses resembling those of the Don Mills neighbourhood.

Shops at Don Mills boasts Canada’s first Anthropologie store, Ontario’s first McNally Robinson bookstore, and Salomon Sports’ first North American non-resort store. The much anticipated McEwan gourmet food market, Prairie Ink Restaurant and Bakery in the McNally Robinson bookstore, and the Glow Fresh Grill and Wine Bar headline an impressive list of restaurants and food markets. Special events and festivals will be held at the Shops throughout the year. Visit for more information.

Source:  Courtesy of the Toronto Neighbourhood Guide


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