Big department stores are fine for the staples, but if you’re trying to find something truly unique–whether it’s apparel, home decor, or a gift for a friend–make your way to Blue Banana Market. This funky space in Kensington Market is one of the city’s most beloved stores, selling a lovingly-curated inventory of everything from jalapeno mustard to oil paintings to Parisian-style hats. It’s a great destination for an outing with friends, so gather your shopping buddies and go find something truly one-of-a-kind. Dedicated to outfitting the Toronto lifestyle, the shop is divided into little modules, so your friend who collects Slinkys can head to the old school toy section while your other friend, still suffering from Beatlemania after all these years, can sift through all things British in another part of the store. Of course, you’ll be the first to spot the staircase adorned with jewelry, but don’t expect it to lead anywhere too exciting – it’s really just a clever space-saving trick to display every beautiful piece they have in stock. Set aside enough time to explore every square foot of the space and you’ll be rewarded with bargains on things you never knew you needed, but now can’t live without. That’s fine, because the prices here are low and the service couldn’t be any friendlier, so you’ll be happy to drop a few dollars on a new sweater or pair of sunglasses. After all, you can’t put a price on a signature look.