Toronto Chinatown – Visitors Information on What to Do and See in Chinatown

Toronto Chinatown – What to See, Where to Shop and Eat in Chinatown

Not only is Toronto the largest city in Canada, it’s also considered one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. In this “city of neighborhoods,” Chinatown stands out with its vibrant and eclectic mix of Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese cultures and cuisines.
Truth be told, there are about six different Chinatowns in the Greater Toronto area, but the oldest and the largest of these is situated between the funky shopping neighborhood of Kensington Market and Toronto’s enticing Entertainment District.


This Chinatown’s center is at the corner of Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, and it’s one of the largest Chinatowns in North America.

What to Do in Chinatown

Just to walk down Spadina in Chinatown is an experience in and of itself. However, Chinatown has a wide number of festivals throughout the year—the largest of these being Chinese New Year (February) and the Chinatown Festival (August).

In this neighborhood, even the most mundane weekend can easily be transformed into an event by the huge crowds of visitors flocking to the shops, to the many outdoor markets, and the occasional musical performances and martial art demonstrations out in the streets.

Where to Shop

Everywhere! There are tons of small shops and vendors in the area, and most of them offer great deals on anything and everything. Visitors looking for a bit of a challenge can use this as a chance to hone their haggling skills.

Of course, for those looking for a more controlled east-meets-west shopping experience, there’s always the Dragon City Shopping Mall or Chinatown Center, two large, Chinese-inspired malls, both located in Chinatown along Spadina Avenue.

Where to Eat in Toronto Chinatown

There are a huge number of restaurants in Toronto Chinatown, but here are a couple that have managed to stand out from the crowd.

For fantastic Chinese food on the cheap, the King’s Noodle House, at 296 Spadina Avenue, serves extremely fresh fare in a casual, and frequently crowded, atmosphere. In fact, this restaurant becomes so crowded at times, that customers should expect to share their table with others, but this should be a small sacrifice for what many consider the best Chinese food in Chinatown.

For high-end Chinese food and a substantially more upscale evening, Lai Wah Heen, at 110 Chestnut Street, on the outskirts of Chinatown in the Metropolitan Hotel, is known for its elegant atmosphere and for its incredible dim sum.

Where to Stay

There aren’t many choices for those looking to bed down in Chinatown proper, but luckily there’s one great hotel that more than fits the bill.

The Super 8 Chinatown Centre is a budget and eco-friendly hotel located in the heart of Chinatown.

As an added bonus, it’s within walking distance to many of Toronto’s largest attractions, including the Royal Ontario Museum and the CN Tower.

Toronto Chinatown, with its bustling streets and wealth of culture, has been compared to the streets of Hong Kong. When visiting Toronto, this neighborhood is one every tourist should be sure to visit.

Toronto Chinatown, with its bustling streets and wealth of culture, has been compared to the streets of Hong Kong. When visiting Toronto, this neighborhood is one every tourist should be sure to visit.

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