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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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Love free turkey day, My late mother Karen Brooks, stud in line for one and we both got one, I still go with my children

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 December 2015
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Markham, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

A unplanned road trip. We decided to check out Honest Eds one last time before it closed. Each time it is an adventure. New discoveries, memories, deals! I always get lost in the store as it winds around, up and down. The crooked floors always make me giggle as you feel tipsy! What memories and deals. What a tribute to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015

I grew up in downtown Toronto and Honest Ed's has been a part of that throughout the years. I remember as a young girl shopping there with my Grandmother and it was an amazing place to go to. As I grew up and had my own daughter I would shop there also. I always loved the hand made signs and... More 

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Thank Samantha D
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

Love free turkey day, My late mother Karen Brooks, stud in line for one and we both got one, I still go with my children

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

Have been visiting Honest Ed's for a long time. It has deteriorated a lot but still enjoy visiting it. Love the window displays..and love the nostalgia feel of it.It's a fun place to shop and a lot of memorabilia to explore. One of Toronto's landmarks that will be truly missed when it will close it's doors in the year 2016.

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1 Thank matisse42
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

I wanted to take my kids just because it's a landmark that will be closing it's doors forever soon. It's a huge building with some of the cheapest junk from China you could ever see. If you want to go for Nostalgia then that's cool, but it's more about looking at the outside than what's inside

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

Awesome bargain store, u don't see these kind of stores everywhere.... Bins and bins of items at good prices, would go back if they weren't shutting down :( !!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

Honest Ed's was the original dollar store! If you love kitch, you will love Eds! Unfortunately some of the more interesting tackiness is gone - the giant cuckoo clock, some of the tacky signs, the section of Elvis busts... It really is an iconic store and a must-see for all!

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Bourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

This monument to discount consumerism is due to vacate its famous spot on the corner of Bloor and Bathurst, to with a gentrified and probably charmless bunch of stores and rental units. See it while you still can, as a trip to Honest Ed's is a whirlwind of delights that finds any visitor departing without at least one random purchase... More 

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Wark, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015

Thought I would go for a look round as it's going next year got off at stop 8 on the hop no hop off tour bus a short walk to 581 Bloor lots of things inside from stuff for the kitchen, clothes,etc ok some of it is junk but it's part of Toronto's history and worth a look maybe take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015 via mobile

If you don't know it, then you have not been in Toronto, this is a part of the cities history, just going up and down the stairs with all the signed photographs is incredible! I hope they take care of the stuff that is in the building, Ed Mervish did wonderful things for Toronto!

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