Grocery shopping doesn’t have to feel like a chore, in fact, it can be a weekly event to look forward to. I know some would say it’s extra to want to shop at pretty grocery stores. However, all of us will be shopping for food for the rest of our lives, so why apologize for craving a relaxing grocery shopping experience? After all, cooking is an art so why can’t grocery shopping also be? I have no shame in saying that I want my avocado toast and bougie groceries stores, too! My shopping cart is as open as my heart, and my eyes are always on the lookout for aesthetically pleasing things.
Foodies take note because here are 7 of the most beautiful grocery stores in Toronto!
This stunning, upscale grocery store now has a few locations in the GTA. Any location of McEwan Foods, owned by Chef Mark McEwan’s The McEwan Group, is a food destination. The crisp clean environment has gourmet groceries and specialty foods, stacked and organized to perfection. The chains newest location at Yonge & Bloor includes an all-day cafe, on-site butcher shop, bakery, deli, carving station, hot and cold tables, sushi bar, and more. It’s understandable why people come here not only to grocery shop, but also to eat.
Pusateri’s is perhaps the king of artisanal grocery stores in Toronto with a few locations, including the food hall located inside Saks Fifth Avenue on Queen Street. Specializing in artisanal and fine foods, the displays are beautifully built, making produce and packaged goods look like an interactive art installation. Custom services include catering, personal shoppers, floral services, and local delivery – but why would you even want delivery when the store is this modern and stunning?
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The Manulife Centre is soon to be home to the much anticipated Italian market, Eataly. Slotted to open this year in late 2019, the food hall promises to not only bring you a gorgeous experience, but also tasty everyday groceries and essentials. Get ready to shop and taste specialties like oysters, ready-made pasta, beautiful produce, and much more.
Being one of the largest grocery chains, we all know and love Loblaws. While each location is well kept, the Carlton Street store at the old Maple Leaf Gardens is extra pleasing. The large and airy space includes all your favourite essentials like a gorgeous baker section, impressive seafood and butcher shops, drool-worthy patisserie, a fresh juice bar, and more. There’s also even a Nutella Cafe! Need some help in the cooking department? Loblaws’ Cooking School is are available at this location, with a number of cooking classes open to the public.
With a few Whole Foods Market locations in Toronto, with one other a bit further out in the GTA. The sustainable food chain makes shopping for organic and healthy foods incredibly fun, with the homey feel of a market, yet the modern elegance of an upscale grocery store. Curating specialty brands and products, Whole Foods includes all the usual departments, along with a massive bulk section, personal care section, and healthy/organic pet section.
Longo’s isn’t necessarily known for being a specialty grocery store, but similar to the Loblaws flagship, the Leaside location is decked out to the nines. The modern, open-concept feel and neatly lined shelves give this particular store an upscale vibe. Farm fresh produce, artisanal treats, and a wide assortment of delicious prepared foods, seal the deal thus affirming Longo’s Leaside a well-earned spot on this list.
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Organic Garage is the newest boutique grocery store chain giving other healthy grocery chains a run for their money. Currently, Toronto has a few locations, with the newest opening in Liberty Village and another on the way in Leaside. While the grocery store has built its model on selling healthier food for less, the in-store appearance is deceiving. With a loft-inspired feel featuring rustic wood, exposed brick, and even wall graffiti, Organic Garage looks incredibly high-end. Along with a dose of pleasing aesthetics, this one-stop-shop features all your foodie needs with produce, meat, health products, a bakery, and more!
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