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Chinatown, Toronto

Chinatown, Toronto (must see)

Toronto's Chinatown, also known as Downtown Chinatown or West Chinatown, is an ethnic Chinese enclave located in the city's downtown core, centered at the intersections of Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street, West. In fact, this is one of Toronto's many Chinatowns, and was formed in the 1950s-1960s in a formerly Jewish district.

Downtown Chinatown is one of the largest in North America. Historically, it has been represented by immigrants from southern China and Hong Kong. Since the transfer of Hong Kong's sovereignty to the People's Republic of China in 1997, immigrants from mainland China have greatly exceeded those from Hong Kong. Starting the 1990s, the area has been redefining itself in the face of changing demographics and gentrification prompted, among other factors, by the increased interest from urban professionals and young people who work in the Financial District.

While the majority of the grocery stores and shops remain, most of the once-famed restaurants on Dundas Street West, especially the barbecue shops located below grade, have closed since 2000. With the population changes of recent decades, the area has come to reflect a diverse set of East Asian cultures through its shops and restaurants, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese eateries ranging from dim sum and pho to modern fusion. The major Chinese malls in the area are Dragon City and Chinatown Centre.

The El Mocambo live music venue, a 1940s establishment that had been in place even before the neighbourhood became Chinatown, is still operational. Also “evergreen” proved the animated Asian open-air markets and shops along Spadina Avenue that offer fresh fruits and vegetables, along with herbal medicine and souvenirs. Chinese New Year celebrations are yet another local attraction, drawing tourists and locals to live stage shows, martial arts demonstrations and lion dances.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the most popular districts for shopping, walking and enjoying Chinese food and culture in Toronto.
The information overload of all the Chinese signs makes this an interesting neighborhood to take a stroll.
You'll find lots of inexpensive eateries here, especially late at night; also a great place to pick up gifts for home, as it is cheaper compared to the shops in the city centre. The local shops offer all kinds of merchandise.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Chinatown
Sight Location: Toronto, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Toronto, Canada

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Toronto Introduction Walk II

Toronto Introduction Walk II

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The city boasts rich cultural scene and has a diverse array of public spaces, a multitude of green spaces, offering a wealth of entertainment and recreational facilities. A host of local museums and...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Top Religious Sites

Top Religious Sites

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Cabbagetown Walking Tour

Cabbagetown Walking Tour

Once a small community of Irish immigrants and one of the poorest neighborhoods in Toronto, Cabbagetown is also one of the city's oldest districts, established in 1840, east of downtown. In 2004, it was declared a historic district and presently claims to be "the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in North America". Attesting to this claim is Amelia Street...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Toronto Shopping Tour

Toronto Shopping Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Toronto Islands Tour

Toronto Islands Tour

The Toronto Islands is a chain of islands located in Lake Ontario, comprising three major islands (namely: Center Island, Algonquin or Sunfish Island, and Olympic Island) and several smaller ones, which collectively represent a great recreation destination set in a peaceful and joyful environment. Other than a great panoramic view of Toronto, the islands offer a wealth of attractions. To acquaint...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Toronto Introduction Walk I

Toronto Introduction Walk I

Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a major Canadian metropolis on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario renowned for its dynamic pace and a high-rising skyline comprising ultra-modern skyscrapers and historic architecture.

People have inhabited the area of present-day Toronto for thousands of years, among them the Iroquois tribe, preceded by the Wyandot (Huron) people who had...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles

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