Shopping malls in Toronto are places we all love to hate but still find ourselves time after time when we’re hunting for an outfit, grabbing a bite to eat, or looking for an escape from bad weather.

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Here are my picks in order of preference as the top shopping malls in Toronto accessible by subway lines. Travel times include walking.

Line One:  Yonge – University Line

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Yorkdale Shopping Centre

A trip to this prestigious high-end North York mall and take the Line One subway in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre direction, and exit at the station by the same name. There are over 250 stores including AllSaintsCanada Goose and Oak + Fort. Travel time 28 minutes.

CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Though it’s overcrowded and inefficient, the city’s largest mall remains a fashion destination, with stores like SaksUniqlo and Nordstrom. This dynamic shopping complex is close enough to the convention centre and downtown hotels that you can walk to it using the PATH, just don’t get lost. If you do take the subway head north to the Finch Station and get off at either the Queen or Dundas exits. Travel time 5 minutes, 13-15 minutes if walking.

Line Four: The Sheppard Line

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From the Convention Centre (Union Station) head north to the Finch Station on the Yonge-University Line and transfer to Line 4 at the Sheppard Avenue Station. Travel east to the Don Mills Station.

Bayview Village Shops

Exit at the first station of the Same name and enter one of Toronto’s pricier malls; this is a great place to visit when you’re in desperate need of some retail therapy. High-end shops like DavidsSandro and Brian Bailey line the halls. The smallest of the five malls, I like the restaurants, and it has a very high-end groceteria in Pusateri’s. Travel time 40 minutes.

CF Fairview Mall

At the end of Line 4, this North York shopping centre manages to pack a lot – books, booze, small appliances, toys and fashion for every age and budget – into a manageable space, meaning shoppers can find everything they want without having to give up an entire day. Travel time 48 minutes.

Line Three: Scarborough Line

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From the convention centre go north on the Yonge-University Line. It doesn’t matter which end station you take from Union Station because both go North and intersect with the Bloor-Danforth Line. If you are on the University wing, make your transfer at the St. George Station. If you are are on the Yonge side transfer at Bloor Station. A warning: this is the busiest transfer point on the entire subway. In each case head east to Kennedy Station. Then transfer to the Scarborough light rail line.

Scarborough Town Centre

Sometimes unfairly maligned for being east of Victoria Park, this Scarborough mall is a useful, logically planned resource for shoppers more interested in variety than marble floors and designer duds. It’s a mix of major chains, big box retailers and independent shops. Travel time one hour.

Source: based partly on an article by Jaclyn Skrobacky at blogTO