Historic Chinatown in Toronto, located just north of the downtown core is one of a number of 'Chinatowns' scattered throughout greater Toronto.
Starting in 1878 when the first Chinese person on record in Toronto opened a laundry service, the Chinese community continued to grow, and was thoroughly established in the area by 1930. During the mid 1960s development of the then new Toronto City Hall in the downtown area pushed much of the area occupied by Chinatown westward to its current location focused north and south of Dundas Street along each side of Spadina Avenue.
In addition to the colourful signage and storefronts, attractions to visitors include the many authentic Chinese restaurants in the area as well as many ethnic shops selling herbal remedies, fresh produce, meats, baked goods, arts and crafts, videos, books and more. Two shopping malls in the immediate area have many stores and services catering to the Chinese community. The street signs in Chinatown are in both Chinese and English.
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Address: Chinatown, Toronto, ON M5T, CanadaMap of nearby accommodations:
|TTC Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Yonge-University-Spadina||St. Patrick Station||0 Minutes|
|Bloor-Danforth Line||Spadina Station||0 Minutes|
How to get to Chinatown Toronto by TTC Subway
From St. Patrick Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina Line take the #505 DUNDAS WEST STN via DUNDAS streetcar west along Dundas Street West and get off at Spadina Ave. From Spadina Station on the Bloor-Danforth Line take the #510 KING streetcar south along Spadina Avenue and get off at Dundas Street West.
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