From a retail perspective, Markham is home to several large malls of 100+ stores including King Square Shopping mall (700 stores), Markville Shopping Centre (250 stores), Langham Square 9700 stores), Market Village (170 stores) and Pacific Mall (450 mini-shops). Many shopping centres in Markham are also Asian-oriented. This is a reflection of the large Asian, particularly Chinese Canadian, population found in Markham. They carry a wide variety of traditional Chinese products, apparel, and foods. On Highway 7, between Woodbine and Warden Avenues, is First Markham Place, containing numerous shops and restaurants; this is several kilometres east of Richmond Hill’s Chinese malls. Further east along Highway 7 is an older plaza is at the southwest quadrant with the intersection with Kennedy Road.
Pacific Mall is the most well-known Chinese mall in Markham, located at Kennedy Road and Steeles Avenue East, which, combined with neighbouring Market Village Mall and Splendid China Mall, forms the second largest Chinese shopping area in North America, after the Golden Village in Richmond, British Columbia. In close proximity, at Steeles East and Warden Avenue, there is the New Century Plaza mall and a half-block away there is a plaza of Chinese shops anchored by a T & T Supermarket.
From a restaurant perspective, the choices in Markham are broad and varied. Residents have the choice of virtually every chain restaurant operating in Canada along with independent restaurants offering every type of food imaginable from fine Asian cuisine, Italian, French, Greek and much more. Popular spots include Peter’s Fine Dining, The School Restaurant, Lemon Bistro, Smash kitchen & Bar, Inspire Restaurant, Los Chico’s Brasa, Blacksmith’s Bistro….just to name a few.