Chinatown is a vibrant neighbourhood in the centre of Toronto’s downtown. Home to ethnic Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and elsewhere, the intersection of Dundas and Spadina is the focal point of this dynamic community.
Chinatown offers a wealth of oriental shops and a vast selection of authentic Chinese restaurants featuring such delicacies as dim sum. The sidewalks of Chinatown, in particular on weekends, are crammed with fruit stalls, vendors, and thousands of people from all backgrounds eager to shop, eat, and socialize.
The large number of restaurants serving fabulous Chinese food is a big attraction to visitors. One would not find the “North American Chinese” menu here, instead, chefs in the area serve up a variety of truly authentic cuisines from all parts of China, including Cantonese, Szechwan, Hunan, and northern China. Fresh ingredients are purchased from the stalls lining the streets and one can wonder pass dozens of shop windows lined with barbecued pork, duck, steamed buns, and other exotic fare.
Visitors to Chinatown will also find a diverse range of shops offering baked goods, herbal medicines, books, videos, household items, and Chinese arts and crafts.
Street signs in the area are written in both English and Chinese, and there are two large shopping malls that cater to the ethnic Chinese – the Dragon City and the Chinatown Centre complex – both are near Dundas and Spadina streets and both offer great variety of shops and restaurants.
Come to Chinatown and join the local Chinese in experiencing this wonderful piece of Hong Kong, China in downtown Toronto.