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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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11:00 - 18:00
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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 3 weeks ago
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 19 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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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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

I was not sure if I want to go visit this store with my family due to limited time we had. Well, we unintentionally passed by it on the way to other attractions. We thought what the heck and stopped. Walked in, and as other said, this store definitely has some characters. It is like walking into a store in... More 

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Rockaways, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

This was my second go round with this store. Definitely an icon for old-time department store feeling! They have alittle of everything. Most stuff is cheap/reasonably priced. Some items were above average in price, so you need to know your prices if you're really serious in getting something a little higher-end. If nothing else, a stroll back in time. Love... More 

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Welland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

This large department store is scheduled to close soon. There certainly are some good bargains but the no return/no exchange policy suggests that you don’t buy electronics or complicated items. Many items can be found for better prices elsewhere. The store layout is confusing and many short stairways make disabled access very difficult. The cashier lanes are very narrow and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

If you are visiting Toronto in 2016 and you are someone who wants to understand the flavour of a city when travelling, Honest Eds - perhaps with only the exception of Kensington Market (opinions are mine !), is the place to visit. Yes, it's a store... And it's tacky, cheap and there's a good chance you will walk away not... More 

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