Cue Card # 48: Shopping centre you often go to

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 48

Describe a shopping centre you often go to.

You should say:

  • where it is
  • what it looks like
  • how often you go there

and explain why you often go to this shopping centre.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

Shopping isn’t exactly one of my favourite things to do, even on a day when I am in best of the moods, primarily because it takes a lot of time to find what I really like or want without providing any tangible and significant benefits in return. And I dislike it, even more, when I am busy with the other priorities of my life. But, this is life, and we will need to do many things as adults, no matter if we like or dislike it, because of “family and peer pressure”. But that’s a different story altogether.

Anyway, given where I live in Toronto city, the only shopping centre for me to go rather easily is Yorkdale shopping mall which is conveniently located several kilometres northwest of Downtown Toronto at the interchange of Highway 401 and Allen Road, adjacent to the Yorkdale subway station in the former city of North York. Having served the residents of Toronto city for more than 50 years, Yorkdale shopping mall easily is one of the largest and busiest shopping destinations in Canada which has 2 floors and an area of almost 2 million square feet. Having a very beautiful and contemporary architectural design with a 60-foot high glass atrium running 300 feet in length, this mall is home to almost 270 stores which include some of the country’s largest collection of designer labels and luxury brands. The shopping centre has a huge food court which serves virtually all kinds of foods to its customers and visitors to satisfy their appétit.

I don’t really visit the mall that often except probably once in a month. But, when I do visit the place, it is mainly because the shopping mall is close to where I live, and it takes about only 15 minutes to drive there. I also like visiting the mall because it has a rather huge selection of products for all ages and sizes, making it almost impossible for a shopper like me to return home without buying what I really need. Finally, another reason, for which I choose to visit this particular mall, is that it has a huge parking lot with lots of empty spaces to park, no matter what time of the day you arrive, so that I don’t have to waste 15 minutes just to find a parking space in order to park my car.

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