IKEA’s new downtown Toronto location is opening this week. On May 25, grand celebrations will kick off at 9:20 am, before the store opens at 10 am. And this store is unlike any other in Canada.

Let’s have a look at what you need to know prior to visiting!

What’s different about this location?

The downtown Toronto IKEA, which is the first ever urban format store in Canada, is located at the Aura on the corner of Yonge and Gerrard Street at 382 Yonge Street. This location is one of a handful around the world, offering IKEA products all in a small store format. Other IKEA locations with smaller store formats in major cities include Paris and one in Queens, New York.

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Toronto’s 66,000 sq. ft. shopping destination includes more than 2,000 products for immediate takeaway, while larger furniture items will be on display and available for home delivery. The store format is bright, with plenty of natural light and spaces decorated as downtown Toronto condos. It is smaller, so you probably won’t spend hours on end in this store… unless you really wanted to.

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Shopping at IKEA downtown Toronto

The two floors at IKEA has a mix of furniture and home furnishing accessories​. Plants? Check. Plates? Check. Bedframe for a tiny condo? Check. IKEA encourages those shopping here to use the app, which allows for easy check out. They also add that the space will be a cashless store. There are also multiple checkout lanes available on both levels, including self-checkout.

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Food at Toronto’s downtown IKEA

With the new store comes a new food concept called the Swedish Deli, offering modern, healthy meals and speciality beverages to eat in, along with on-the-go food options and sustainably sourced essentials to cook at home. Besides the classic Swedish meatballs, expect new recipes, as well as food items under $2. IKEA’s famous $1 hot dogs will be available here, along with $1.50 cinnamon buns and muffins.

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Visiting this location

It’s important to note that during opening week, IKEA Canada will be using a digital queuing system. Customers are encouraged to secure a place in line before opening day at IKEA Toronto Downtown – Aura, since walk-ups are not guaranteed a place in line. You can join that waitlist here. This is expected to be lifting following the opening week.

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There is no dedicated IKEA parking at the downtown Toronto location, but limited paid parking is available at 777 Bay Street.

For those taking the subway, the nearest TTC station is College Station. This station is also serviced by the 97 Yonge bus route and the 506 Carlton streetcar.

IKEA Toronto Downtown will be open Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm.