Toronto's Chinatown is one of the largest in North America and truly feels like a step across the Pacific Ocean to Asia. The original Chinatown area was relocated to make room for Toronto's new City Hall, but a vibrant community now thrives.
Chinese vendors sell herbs and spices and traditional ethnic food hang from shop windows. Women make crafts along the street. The name is a bit misleading, as it now includes several Asian cultures, including Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese.
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Downtown and Dumplings
Other don’t miss neighborhoods to explore include Chinatown and Kensington Market, in the heart of downtown. Shop for bargains, vintage wares, and enjoy dim sum at the Dumpling House. There are a lot of fun taverns and cafes to pop into along the way. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a Toronto itinerary designed around your interests.
Toronto can lay claim to being the most ethnically diverse city in the world: More than half its population was born outside of Canada and more than 140 languages are spoken by its residents. That translates into a dazzling bounty of flavors, sights, and sounds. You won’t be able to visit all the city’s ethnic neighborhoods and institutions in one trip, but Michael recommends its Chinatown, centered on Dundas Street West and Spandina Avenue, as a good place to start. This Chinatown is actually one of six Chinese neighborhoods in the city. Rosewood and Rol San are two of the many popular dim sum restaurants here, while the stores along Spadina and Dundas are filled with unexpected gifts and electronics.
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