Got to love chinatown!!~
For food, I prefer the shops around the cross-section of Dundas St W and Spadina Avenue. Cheap affordable dim sim.. awesome all day yumcha at almost every corner you see.. there are also lots of yummy chinese bakeries along Spadina Avenue, 3 buns for $1, YUMMO (if I lived there for any longer, I would have gained a lot of weight..)
For groceries, chinatown is definitely the place to be.. it's also a step away from Kensington Market across Spadina Ave. Fresh chicken, fish, fruits, veges.. almost anything you can think of.. there are lots of similar shops, so whether you're at one end of chinatown or the other end, you'll run into one of these stores.. prices vary, but are mostly similar..
Souvenirs - Spadina Avenue / Kensington Market / Chinatown.. from everyday needs (shoes, nail clippers, shirts etc) to jade / gold statues, you'll find it in the many little shops around the place.. there are also DVD shops almost everywhere (good for those who get a bit bored, or are in search of a night-in, with some hot cocoa, blanket and good movie)
Living anywhere in downtown Toronto, Chinatown will definitely be an almost daily visit.. it was for us.
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