Neighbourhood: Chinatown

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Location: Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West. Transit: St. Patrick Station and Dundas streetcar.

The corner of Spadina and Dundas wouldn’t look at all out of place in the middle of Hong Kong. The crowds of people and the buzzing activity add to the captivating atmosphere of Toronto’s downtown Chinatown. Elegantly stroked Chinese characters grace store and street signs. East Asian shops and markets with exotic fruits and vegetables spill onto the sidewalk.

Along with shopping for electronics and produce, Chinatown prides itself on the wide variety of authentic Asian restaurants. A bountiful selection of Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese restaurants. Experience Peking duck served in two courses at the Bright Pearl, or visit the Golden Leaf for fabulous dim sum that’s available all day long.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Toronto for Chinese New Year, the area comes even more alive with spectacular decorations, dancing dragons and endless amounts of food that accompany the festivities each year.