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Address: Spadina and Dundas | (From Queen to College and east and west of Spadina), Toronto, Ontario M5T 2E9, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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With more than 200,000 Chinese who reside in Toronto, visitors are...

With more than 200,000 Chinese who reside in Toronto, visitors are attracted to this lively and colorful district for bargain-shopping and restaurants.

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Walked from lunch at LaiWahHeen restaurant in Hilton (good dim sum though pricey) to Art Gallery of Ontario, to Kensington Market along Dundas and Spandina, with stop at a foot... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walked from lunch at LaiWahHeen restaurant in Hilton (good dim sum though pricey) to Art Gallery of Ontario, to Kensington Market along Dundas and Spandina, with stop at a foot massage place for a 45 min treatment.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a cheap Saturday night meal here at a crowded Chinese restaurant. Otherwise I thought the area was dingy and drab, and way below Melbourne (Australia's Chinatown, which is all the more surprising given Canada's obviously large and growing ethnic Chinese population. The diaspora ought to put some of its skills to use here to clean up teh area.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Compared to some of the world's other Chinatowns, this Chinatown was average. I went in with high expectations considering the huge Chinese population in Canada. Unfortunately, this Chinatown left much to desire. I'd only recommend dropping by if going for Chinese food.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A few blocks of shops. Mostly dirty and smelly, nothing special other than some good restaurants and groceries.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If cheap souvenirs is what you need then this is the place. It's noisy, bustling, grungy, dirty and lately it feels a little depressed. Some smashing little bakeries and of course the home of Mother Dumplings. Didn't feel safe in the dark evenings but that could just be my perspective.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I expected more out of this! Compared to London or New York, this was a bit of a disappointment. There are lots of small restaurants and shops. I would only do this if you're in the area or have the time. There are lots of other, more interesting things, Toronto has to offer.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

well, china town was different, i bought alot of souvenirs there , i even took lunch at a great restaurent nearby, definitely something to try out

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Chinatown is full of all sorts of shops and restaurants. There were some really good deals on souvenirs and clothing. This is just down the block from Kensington Market.

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Orillia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

A very interesting area to take in when in the area. My wife and enjoy going here once and a while when in the city.

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Waterloo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Looking for a great selection of fantastic, unique and authentic Chinese retaurants - here's the real deal. Complete with markets and bakeries. Make sure to stop in and spend a good afternoon and at least two meals in this district!

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Chinatown
Toronto's main Chinatown has the honor of being the largest in North America. Gaping down across Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, the area is a wonderful medley of shops and restaurants, busy signs and bright red gates, a destination for foodie fun. Chinatown's streets are always bustling, packed with people and outdoor stalls hawking fresh produce and products. The restaurants and authentic marketplaces that shoulder in against each other display shining roast ducks and menus studded with dumplings and noodle bowls. The air is pervaded with music. different languages, and the smell of fried food and mouth-watering desserts. Chinatown's restaurants represent a broad range of fare, from traditional Szechuan and Shanghai foods, to other Asian delicacies, including some of the top Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean spots in the city. Whether you're in the mood for a sit-down tea house or a bubble tea to go, Chinatown is the spot to enjoy an exciting walk and the promise of leaving satisfied.
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