So you fall into a rabbit hole and find yourself emerging from the other side into a place of fantasy. Although not quite as dramatic, the open-air, urban village landscape of Shops and Don Mills feels completely detached from the surrounding busy streets, gas stations and plazas that comprise a mundane city life. Upon turning into the shopping centre’s privately owned streets, you will quickly become lost in a 500 thousand square foot labyrinth of street-facing , high-end retail stores, unique specialty shops, dessert eateries and fine dining restaurants.
The shopping centre sits on what was formerly the Don Mills Shopping Centre. Its redevelopment by Cadillac Fairview into an out-door lifestyle destination in 2003 was intended to attract up-scale retailers and shoppers. The refurbished mall opened for guests on April 22, 2009. Adding to its original commercial landscape and setting are plans to add more than 3000 new condominium residences in the coming years within and surrounding the shopping centre itself!
Considering that CF Shops and Don Mills is no ordinary shopping centre, it would come as no surprise that it has evolved over the years to attract and engage a broader demographic that is not confined to just fashion and food lovers. During the spring summer months, children, teens and adults can hop on a miniature train that makes its rounds through the makeshift streets of the shopping center. In the winter months, an outdoor skating rink is constructed in a center field of the mall for all to enjoy. Oh, and let’s not forget about events. With regular music nights at GLOW restaurant, Toronto Bicycle Tours, Radlerfest at Bier Markt, Fitness in the square, and various concerts all year round, expect to see people from all walks making their way to Shops at Don Mills.
Speaking of which, travelling is also a non-issue for both drivers and those who take public transit. Located within minutes of the DVP and 401, and with parking spaces in and surrounding the mall as well as a 4-level parkade on site, are you likely to find one of the 2580 spaces made available to guests. With regards to public transit, CF Shops at Don Mills can be reached using the following TTC routes: 25 Don Mills, 162 Lawrence, 54 Lawrence East.