Toronto (map) is the capital city of the Canadian province of Ontario. It is the most populous city in Canada and the fourth most populous city in North America.
Toronto is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world: more than 80 ethnic communities are represented, and over half of the city’s residents were born outside Canada. Over 200 distinct ethnic origins are represented among its inhabitants. While the majority of Torontonians speak English as their primary language, over 160 languages are spoken in the city.
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Distillery District (map). The former Gooderham & Worts distillery lands have been rejuvenated into a pedestrian-only village dedicated to the arts and entertainment. It has fantastic restaurants, festivals, and art galleries housed in its 19th-century distillery buildings.
Little Italy (map) is the spot to get a sense of the Western Mediterranean. Sit at one of the many coffee shops and watch the world go by on the weekends.
Toronto’s Chinatown (map) is a great way to sample a tiny bit of cities like Hong Kong, without spending the airfare. Vast crowds crush the sidewalks as vendors sell authentic Chinese and Vietnamese food, and not-so-authentic knock-offs. It is one of North America’s largest Chinatowns, and with many shops aimed at tourists, it is a good place to pick up some unusual and inexpensive souvenirs.
Koreatown (map) has many Korean retail businesses and restaurants where Korean is as prominent as English in the signage.
Gerrard India Bazaar (Little India. map) If you want to get a sense of Toronto’s vibrant South Asian community, this is where you want to be; not only is Indian culture represented – visible Pakistani and Afghan communities are also alive along the street.
Food tours (e.g. Tasty Tours), walking tours that guide guests to some of Toronto’s foodie hotspots for samples and a history of the area. These tours usually aim to highlight the variety of cuisines in Toronto, sometimes focusing on the dense food scenes in specific areas (e.g. Kensington Market, map).
St. Lawrence Market (map). Has been bringing the freshest foods into the city for Torontonians and visitors alike since 1901.