Have you tried any of these cool things in Chinatown?

Old Chinatown on Spadina is actually one of the largest Chinatowns in North America and, amazingly enough, just one of seven different Chinatown districts in the greater Toronto region. If you’re looking for great ethnic food, great culture and great times, Old Chinatown is a great place to spend a casual afternoon or a night out. Not only that, there are a variety of events and cool things to do in the area! So without further ado, here are some reasons you should check out Chinatown!

Asian Legend Restaurant

Asian Legend has been around since 1988 and the quality of their meals is off the charts. Located at 418 Dundas W, this restaurant boasts a large variety of Chinese-food staples, like lemon chicken or sweet and sour pork, or things for a bit more extravagant, like their desserts – mango pudding or deep fried apples with hot toffee! The atmosphere is great, and this is one of those places where groups are preferred – so get some friends together and get some authentic Chinese food at this tried-and-tested location.

The Kensington and Chinatown Scavenger Hunt

Looking for something less food-oriented and more fun-oriented? The scavenger hunt, held by Urban Capers is a great way to learn more about the history of Chinatown, but also have a fun time and maybe meet new and interesting people. On top of that, great food is included in the ticket price, so you really can’t go wrong!

Grossman’s Tavern

Switching slightly from the Asian-theme, but no less located in the Chinatown area, Grossman’s Tavern is the place to be in Toronto for live music, especially blues. With an almost daily lineup of great bands, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place to hang out when you’re in the mood for some great music. The pub has traditional fare on the menu, like burgers and wings, but also serves things for the slightly more discerning client, like fried egg sandwiches or fresh popcorn. Not in the mood to drink? The Tavern also has a variety of non-alcoholic drinks, including cappuccinos and espressos for a relaxing evening in front of a great band.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

What better place for Chinese New Year than in the heart of Chinatown? Kick the New Year off with a bang by celebrating with the city and its people, and enjoying every second of the culture and the excitement. Sure does beat staying at home!

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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