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“Get there before the condos take over” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chinatown

Chinatown
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$75.64*
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Old Chinatown Food Tour
Ranked #51 of 500 things to do in Toronto
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: With more than 200,000 Chinese who reside in Toronto, visitors are attracted to this lively and colorful district for bargain-shopping and restaurants.
Port Perry, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Get there before the condos take over”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

It may be my imagination but Chinatown seems to be shrinking a little as the surrounding neighbourhood goes a little more up-market which is a shame. Who needs any more big box labels on the retail landscape or more downtown condos?

I digress! Go there for the fresh (and cheap!) produce and seafood or to get your fix of dumplings (steamed or pan fried). Go to find cooking ingredients you simply cannot find anywhere else! As a tourist, it's a great place to watch people or to have an inexpensive meal. All of the restaurants are inspected so don't worry too much about food safety.

Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Nothing to look at and it smells funky”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

I've been to many Chinatowns and although Toronto's Chinatown is pretty big, but it has a really funky smell, not a pleasant funky smell. There really isn't anything to look at in particular for tourists, it gets crowded. Not a very pleasant experience.

Visited March 2013
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Toronto
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“When in Toronto's Chinatown, do not miss Swatow!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

The Swatow Restaurant on Spadina Avenue in Toronto's Chinatown is a place that my friends and I have been going to for many years. My favourite: Shrimp Dumplings Soup! I have a friend who comes and visits from London, UK, and whenever he is in Toronto, we always go for dinner to Swatow. It's cash only and at times you may have to share a table with strangers, which is not a big deal because everyone there loves the food and they will pay more attention to their bowl/plate than to you. It's an absolute gem on Spadina Ave. Good value for warm, tasty and quickly delivered food. Try it, you'll like. I have been to many places in Toronto's Chinatown on Spadina, but for the Shrimp Dumplings Soup, this is it!

Visited January 2013
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“The HK experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Assuming you're talking about the Dundas and Spadina area (because Toronto boasts 3 or 4 different "Chinatown"s), this is a vibrant, spot with a range of restaurants (many offering dim sum), fascinating grocery stores, sinful pastry shops. The wealth of Toronto's Chinese-Canadian community guarantees a lot of top-quality spots. You'll feel you're in Hong Kong!

Visited January 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Colourful, Crowd, Culture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

The many coloured signs and boards will make you feel like you are in a busy hong kong street. But don't panic, you're just in Chinatown Toronto.

This place is littered with Chinese restaurants serving normal and weird food alike. You will also find stores and street stalls selling many 'Made in China' products which as you expect is very cheap. The place is also very crowded most of the time, is dirty and smells due to food hanging about on the street in mid-summer.

But come here for the culture and the food, and yes for some cheap products, and you will not be disappointed

Visited June 2012
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