Guided exploration: Around the World in Toronto’s neighbourhoods

3d_toronto_signThe Most Multicultural City in the World

Toronto was once named the “most multicultural city in the world” and this title is well merited for Toronto’s local’s diversity. This city is a mosiac in the way that is brings people together from all races, ethnicities, backgrounds and all walks of life. In fact, Toronto provides the unique opportunity to travel around the world with only your walking shoes.

So when you travel toToronto, you’re not just visiting one city, culture or even country. You experience years and years of cultural adaptations and variations in a local setting. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean Toronto doesn’t have its own identity; each neighbourhood is unique in its own way being fiercely Torontonian, and yet, fiercely honest and loyal to its home culture. This is reflected not only in the wide variety of multicultural cuisines, but also in the local languages that make up the calming chatter that turn into a background buzz as you’re walking through these streets.  It was impossible to choose, but here are my 5 favourite local neighbourhoods in Toronto that travellers can go to and tour the world all in one flight.

1. China Town

Located at the intersection of Spadina and Dundas, Chinatown is home to numerous authentic East Asian restaurants, fruit stands, and small stores lining the streets. Not only that, but it is also adjacent to Kensington Market, which is home to many quaint independent cafes, fun artwork, and much more. So, you could say that it creates an interesting and unique atmosphere.

Stores conducting daily business in Old Chinatown on the Danforth2. Little Italy

Situated west of the College and Bathurst intersection, Little Italy is bursting with personality, and really good food. It hosts the best pizza, pasta and gelato in Toronto as well as numerous fun festivals. Places we recommend: Cafe Diplomatico, Vivoli, Pancho’s Churros- to name a few.

Crowds partaking in Taste of Little Italy along the Danforth

3. Little India

Stretched along Gerrard St. E is Little India. Immerse yourself in the smell of spices, funky tunes, and an immeasurable amount of colour as you walk through these streets. It provides a wide variety of experiences- stretching from authentic Indian street food, to high end Indian fine dining. 

Women selling Indian styled scarves in Little India4. Greektown

Bright, cheerful, and, decked out in blue and white, Greektown, located in the Danforth is the perfect place to pick up the best souvlaki in the city. The neighbourhood features a small and charming mock up of an Agora with a statue of Alexander, The Great, and Greek-columns. Home to not only some of the best Greek eats you will find in the city, but also quaint family-run shops, boutique pizzerias, and so on. Watch out for the street signs and posters- they’re in both Greek and English- to provide you with a truly Greek experience.

Greek City - A music store in Greektown

5. Korea Town (K-Town)

Store Signs in Korea Town along Bloor and Bathurst

Walk along Bloor Street between Christie and Bathurst Street and you’ll find Koreatown, home to glittery karaoke bars and cheap eats. Surround yourself with the bright neon-signs of cute stores, dessert cafes, and some high tea.

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