The Best Sunglasses in Toronto
The best sunglasses in Toronto are all about the right frames (yeah, yeah, and all that UV-protection stuff, I suppose). Many of the stores in the city that offer the top selections don't discriminate between new and old, offering vintage frames, vintage-inspired frames, and those ever-popular brand spanking new styles. In terms of a go-to neighbourhood for great shades, Kensington Market certainly tops Toronto's list especially if you're not trying to spend too much, but if you're keen on a specific destination for your sunglass shopping or don't want no-name brands or knock-offs, read on for the best places to peruse in Toronto.
Here is the list of the best shops to buy sunglasses in Toronto.
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Three locations in Toronto, and incredible styles at each one. Spectacle has earned a reputation for some of the best shades in Toronto for a decade of great IC! Berlins, Mosley Tribes, and the odd limited-edition Thierry Lasry. Spectacle even manages to pull the best of the predictable Pradas. Prices can range from a couple hundred to a couple months’ rent. More »
A relative newbie on the Toronto eyewear scene but already boasting a (well-shaded) following. Owner Jordan Paul specializes in finding unique, unused vintage frames, along with new shades by Kala, Hiero, Andy Wolf, and more. The monthly live music events are just an added bonus, and no one will blink if you wear your sunglasses at night. More »
If exclusivity is what you’re after, Eyes on Church is it. Owner Farhad Ghahremani has an impeccable eye (excuse the pun) for matching the right frames to the face, with limited stock of each style and a collection that’s impeccably on trend. Count on finding sunglasses from names such as John Richmond and Harry Lary, with most options ringing in at a few hundred dollars. More »
Finally, those snakeskin frames à la 1993 Will Smith can be yours. F as in Frank is all about the 80’s and 90’s when it comes to its eyewear (and everything else, mind you) with a mix of vintage-inspired and actual vintage frames. While the inventory is always changing, count on a plethora of aviators, shields, and rounds. More »
Beloved perhaps largely for its Kings of Past connection, Gafas has a fantastic selection of bona fide vintage frames. Find retro Persol, Zeiss, and Guy Laroches that you won’t spot anywhere else, along with new options from Tom Ford, La Loop, and more. A huge selection, and a lifetime service guarantee with each pair of shades. More »
You wouldn’t think people would actually want to buy glasses from a place called “Pink Eye,” but here we are. The shades here totally suit the neighbourhood, with frames made from reclaimed wood (Drift) and plenty of Kay Tran options. Perfect for those melancholy summer walks along Ossington, and generally in the $200 range. More »
These sunglasses certainly won’t break the bank, though they’re more than likely to seduce a second look. At about $15 per pair, these shades are generally vintage-inspired with a current inventory of two-toned, tortoise-shell, uber-round frames. The collection at Philistine is always changing, though the price usually stays the same. More »
Not to sound indecent, but it’s pretty clear that Toronto loves The Future of Frances Watson for its Shwood. Handcrafted in Oregan, these shades practically scream, “Yeah, I got these in Parkdale,” while offering that UVA/UVB protection all the same. Future of Frances Watson is also a good place to check out the latest and greatest in Karen Walker sunglasses. More »
Here’s one for the fellas (or, the unconfined female…whatever). Uncle Otis in Yorkville manages to keep its prices and style (somewhat) Queen West and Ossington, with an array of tortoise frames and a fair selection under $200. Its inventory includes shades such as blue Staffords and two-toned Cosleys, along with, yes, throwback Stussy Cedrics. More »
An eyeglass fixture in Chinatown with venerable owner Tan always there to offer a suggestion. This shop has a huge selection of sunglasses that span a somewhat wide price range, with the typical trend-driven brands such as Coach, Versace, and Christian Dior, along with others including Starck, McQueen, and Miu Miu. In short, not a good choice for the perpetually indecisive. More »
Josephson Opticians was here back when cat-eye frames had their first run of the trend. A Toronto business for more than seven decades under its belt, this shop has six locations throughout the GTA with a well-stocked sunglass selection in every shop. Josephson Opticians is an unapologetic purveyor luxury brands, including Lindberg, Mykita, Oliver Goldsmith, and Lunor. More »
Located amid all the action right by Yonge and Dundas, this is the shop to go to if you’re looking for “urban” eyewear. With a pretty good selection of sunglasses in and around $100, The Accessory Bar is well stocked with brands including Von Zipper, Ashbury, and Contego. Will go perfectly with that shiny new G-Shock. More »