Guided exploration: Around the World in Toronto’s neighbourhoods
May 13, 2016
May 13, 2016
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 mosaic in the way that it 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 to Toronto, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 13, 2016