It’s easy to have a love-hate relationship with shopping, especially when it’s emptying your bank account. But there is one way that you can have the best of both worlds, and that’s by shopping at outlet stores.
Outlets are essentially the factory versions of your favourite stores, that offer insane deals that you’d never find in regular shopping malls.
They aren’t always the easiest things to find, but with this guide, you’ll be on your way to finding the best discount deals at the best outlet malls in the province.
Here are the top six outlet malls in Ontario.
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Vaughan Mills is one of the country’s largest outlet malls, located in Vaughan, Ontario. With incredible deals on all your favourite brands, and over 200 stores, such as Adidas, American Eagle, Bench, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Coach, DKNY, Forever 21, Frank& Oak, Guess, H&M, J. Crew, Kate Spade, Lacoste, Levi’s, MAC, Michael Kors, Pandora, Saks Fifth Avenue, and many more, you really can’t go wrong with a visit to this outlet mall.
Tanger is a gorgeous outdoor outlet shopping chain, with over 40 locations in Canada and the US. Not only do they have discounts on all the brands we know and love, but they’ve cultivated an atmosphere that makes shopping easier for the entire family. There is a food court, a playground for kids, BeaverTail stand, and over 60 stores to choose from. Because Tanger is such a popular outlet mall chain in North America, they even have an exclusive membership for shoppers that can be used at any one of their locations.
Toronto Premium Outlets
Like Tanger Outlets, Toronto Premium Outlets is also an outdoor shopping centre. Although its name is deceiving, as it isn’t actually located in Toronto, but in Halton Hills, an approximate 45-minute drive from Toronto, this outlet mall is a hidden gem for amazing discounts on popular high-end brands such as Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, Coach, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Prada, Ted Baker, and so many more.
Dixie Outlet Mall
Located in Mississauga, only a 15-minute drive from downtown Toronto, you can find another one of the country’s largest enclosed outlet malls, that holds over 120 stores. You can also hunt their deals online before going into the stores, by checking their website for up-to-date promotions.
Outlet Collection Niagara
As its name suggests, this outlet mall is located in Niagara-on-the-lake, so as you can probably imagine, the views from this spot are incredible. But if that’s not enough to make you want to visit, the sales at over 110 stores surely will. There are tons of popular brands, high-end, and otherwise, such as Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Coach, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Crocs, Forever 21, Jack & Jones, Lulu Lemon, Reebok, Roots, Ugg, Vans, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Orfus Road Outlets
Located on, you guessed it, Orfus Road, in Toronto, this outlet plaza is a tad different from the others on this list. Instead of finding high-end brands, or brands that you’d typically find in a standard shopping mall, here you’ll mainly find deals on food (and some clothes too). For instance, Grande Cheese Factory Outlet is a huge Italian superstore located along the strip that offers great deals on authentic Italian ingredients. Just past the Italian superstore is an abundance of discount signage, indicating you’ve arrived at the street’s core. Here you’ll find an outlet beauty supply store called Jessica Nail & Beauty Supply, a party supply outlet, a fragrance outlet, a Le Chateau, Ardene, Stitches, Bluenotes, a target range, and a few outdoor food vendors.
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