The metropolis of Mississauga boasts some of the best one-stop-shopping destinations in Canada. From high-end wares at upscale boutiques to steals and deals at discount outlets and everything in between, you’ll find it all at the mall.
If a high-end shopping experience is what you’re looking for, SHERWAY GARDENS is just the ticket. More than 200 sophisticated stores call this conservatory-inspired, skylight-filled space home.
SQUARE ONE SHOPPING CENTRE proudly holds the title as one of Ontario’s largest mall, a mantle that it takes seriously with 1.6 million square feet of retail space housing more than 360 stores.
A 160-foot-tall clock tower marks the spot for ERIN MILLS TOWN CENTRE, where you’ll find more than 170 stores offering everything from jewellery and electronics to housewares and sporting goods.
DIXIE OUTLET MALL is our favourite kind of shopping destination—a discount outlet mall. Find bargains galore—the more than 140 stores here offer reductions of 30 to 70 per cent off already discounted wares.
HEARTLAND TOWN CENTRE is the epicentre of big-box shopping in Mississauga. This 1.9-million-square-foot power centre’s four quadrants are home to more than 125 stores, ranging from apparel and footwear to sporting equipment and home electronics.—Where Mississauga Staff
Sony E-Reader PRS 700, digital book with built-in light and touch-screen display, $399, The Sony Store.
iPod Nano, $154 (8 GB) and $199 (16 GB), Best Buy.
Fujifilm FinePix digital camera, $179.99, Henry’s (5027 Hunrontario St., 905-568-1922).
FreeAgent Go pocket-sized external hard drive, available in 250, 320, 500 or 750 GB starting at $99, Future Shop (1475 Dundas St. E., 905-848-6057).
Kodak Zi6 Pocket video camera, $179.99, Best Buy.
Lock In/Lock Out 1 GB USb memory key, $210, Swarovski.—Andrea Grassi
American beauty boutique Bath and Body Works has made its way north of the border. Lining the shelves at this Erin Mills Town Centre shop are scented collections of creams, perfumes, body sprays and butters, while eye masks, slippers, candles and child-friendly selections doll-up the deal even more. Try the latest aromatherapy innovations that relieve both body and mind—mandarin and lime pairings for energy, or peppermint and geranium essential oils to banish headaches—in convenient and portable roll-on applicators, $10 each.
Locals and travellers alike have a welcome oasis at Bliss. A muted, modern palette of charcoal, mustard and chocolate-brown lend sophistication to both the dining room and the lounge—a perfect spot to enjoy Wi-Fi and a cocktail while waiting for a connecting flight. Entrees from the cosmopolitan carte created by chef William Huang are eclectically paired with offerings from an international wine list. Try an American chardonnay with warm Singapore noodles wrapped around shrimp, chicken and Chinese sausage, or a full-bodied Australian shiraz to compliment venison loin served atop cranberry-barley pilaf.
A favourite stop for fashionistas on a budget—H&M brings its affordable couture to Heartland Town Centre with an expansive new store. Sift through the colourful clothes racks, revel in the sheen of accessories and update that worn out wardrobe with the Swedish import’s modish fashions. Whatever your heart desires—and your pocketbook can comfortably conceive—is available here. This season, look for organic cotton to make a friendly resurgence in bold-printed men’s t-shirts, $19.90. Cool, conscious and comfortable? You can’t lose.
March 20 to 22
Raise a glass to the Toronto Wine and Cheese Show, which celebrates its 25th anniversary of bringing top-quality wine and food to Canada from around the world. Dozens of wineries tempt budding and veteran oenophiles with their best vintages—sampling tickets are $1 each—while premium beers and whiskies are also on the menu. The gourmet experience is completed with wine seminars, cheese tastings and free kitchen demonstrations by Food Network Canada hosts such as Anna Olsen and Laura Calder. International Centre, Friday noon to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 9 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m., general admission $18; call 905-842-6591 for information.
February 14 to May 9
Get an earful of classical tunes (or several) with monthly performances by Orchestras Mississauga. On February 14, the Mississauga Symphony, conducted by John Barnum with Andrew Burashko on piano, presents For the Love of Music. The symphony returns on March 28 with You Saw Them First, featuring emerging flautist Laura Chambers and violinist Stanislav Pronin. April 18 brings Symphony and Silents—the Mississauga Philharmonic accompanies the timeless silent films Mighty Like a Moose and Buster Keaton’s The General. And on May 9, lyric tenor Mark Dubois performs notable arias with exceptional young singers in Tomorrow’s Divas Today. Living Arts Centre, 8 p.m., $15 to $45; call 905-306-6000 for tickets
Gather around the grill at Iron Chef Japanese Steakhouse, where skilled chefs prepare piping-hot teppanyaki entrees of beef, shrimp, salmon and more right before your eyes. If you favour a raw diet, belly up to the sushi bar for fresh sashimi and over a dozen sushi options. Traditionally Japanese, the resto also caters to Mississauga’s multicultural milieu with a smattering of à la carte Chinese, Korean and Thai delicacies.
An open-late dining room adorned in rich, brown leather with red accents makes Spice Lounge and Tapas a chic but fun environment for Spanish-influenced food and play. Latin grazing specialties—like mussels and barbecued prawns in a tomato and red-chili sauce—reflect freshness through seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. With the zesty bites, cool down and cleanse your palate with imported or house-made sangria.
Put a spring in your step at discount footwear retailer Stylesense. Try on scads of price-slashed pumps, boots and more by such designers as Chanel, Steve Madden, Elie Tahari, and Michael Kors, then hunt for the perfect handbags, sunglasses and gloves to match. With endless options for every occasion, you can get completely and fashionably adorned in one stop. Open daily. Oakville Place, 240 Leighland Ave., Oakville, 905-845-3598.
April 24 to 26
The Good Food Festival and Market makes its return with the latest in cuisine, from ethnic and gourmet specialties to organic innovations. Free seminars, lessons and demonstrations—plus displays of new food products and recipe ideas—provide culinary inspiration, while complimentary samples are sure to please your palate. International Centre, Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission $11 to $14; call 1-800-693-7986 for info. courtesy of oakville galleries; Good Food festival and market photo by .
July 17 to 19
Enjoy a lovely midsummer stroll along Mississauga’s waterfront while admiring artwork from across southern Ontario. At the Credit Village Marina, the weekend-long Port Credit Outdoor Art Show features pieces by dozens of artists working in a range of media—from timeless watercolour paintings to contemporary photographs. The views don’t get much better than this! Free admission; call 905-891-6720 for further details.