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Honest Ed's

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Address: 581 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ontario M6G 1K3 , Canada
Phone Number:
+1 416-537-1574
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10:00 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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New York has Macy's, London has Harrods, Chicago has Marshall Fields, and...

New York has Macy's, London has Harrods, Chicago has Marshall Fields, and Toronto has Honest Ed's. "It is quite an attraction - honest," proclaims The Great Toronto Getaway, Buffalo, USA. Built in 1948, Honest Ed's is a landmark store in the heart of Toronto. The sign is lit up using 23,000 light bulbs and the store, although modest, consists of two buildings connected by a sidewalk along Bathurst Street.

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Worth a visit before it closes for good

Heard about this bargain basement local landmark...then heard that its finally closing at the end of December 2016. Stopped in and saw a HUGE bargain basement with amazingly low... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 November 2016
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San Francisco, California
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It seems really strange rating something that is no longer there but Honest Ed's was a landmark that will be sorely missed I always used to visit it when visiting my Daughter in Toronto and it always cheered me up. I especially liked the "Safe" door which opened out onto Bloor Street A once glittering corner of Bloor, Bathhurst and... More 

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Durham, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Great tradition to go shop at Honest Ed's for amazing bargains and the whole carnival flea market atmosphere of the place.

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Thank chickandbeast
Moncton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

I Am so fortunate to have seen this gem ounce and by complete coinsidence. I was visiting toronto for 3 days only and I was bored one day and just decided to see what bloor street had to offer and i told myself I will drive till I see something that i really want to go to and honest eds... More 

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Thank MrRevue72
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

This place reminded me of a dollar store department store with all sorts of gadgets and doo-dads, what nots and clothing. It's not well organized, but that adds to the eclectic charm. Perhaps an OCD person's nightmare? I love the flashing theatre-style lights. Such a flashy, glitzy exterior for a store that once had recycled orange crates for shelving! I... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Heard about this bargain basement local landmark...then heard that its finally closing at the end of December 2016. Stopped in and saw a HUGE bargain basement with amazingly low prices on everything you can think of. Dated but funky.

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Ontario, Canada
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251 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

A Toronto icon, "Honest Ed's" is closing it's doors for good at the end of next month. We had never been to the store and thought it would be our last opportunity to visit the store. We decided to take a day trip into the city and see it for ourselves. The huge neon signs on the building definitely were... More 

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Thank Jim0693
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

It's one of the biggest stores I've seen. You can find anything you search, starting from shampoo until groceries. The prices are really affordable and buying luggage there really worths! Ican't say guarantee the quality of the luggages but I think it worths the price.

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Thank Marcelle L
Sudbury, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I visited this store 40 yrs ago while visiting Toronto. I had to see it once more before it closes in December. Ed himself being the generous man he was made everyone feel welcome to his special store, a place where everyone could find a bargain. It still stands true today. Those that live in the area will tell you... More 

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Thank doverengland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Honest Ed's is one of a kind. It is just plain fun for anyone who likes to hunt for a bargain. I don't usually spend a lot of money here but I thoroughly enjoy the old time shopping experience. There are haters who call it stinky and junky but I will sure miss it when it is closed

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Thank Carol D
Port Dover, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

I had to check out Honest Ed's on our latest trip to Toronto. It is scheduled to close soon, but there were still lots of deals to be had. Unfortunately the grocery section has been reduced in size but you can still buy many unique things there. It's a great neighborhood for other shopping and sightseeing.

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