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Old Chinatown

The Highlights

Check Bubble What’s Featured: Visit one of the largest Chinatowns in North America

Food The Food & Drink: Enjoy 12 tastings at 6 different shops and eateries

Map Marker Meeting Point: In front of Rexall Drugstore, 474 Spadina Ave. on the South West corner of College St. & Spadina Ave.

Calendar Time: Thursday – Monday at 11:30 a.m.

Clock Duration: 3 hours


Learn Asian food customs and traditions

Chinese cooking is one of the oldest and most diverse cuisines in the world. In fact, each of the 23 provinces in China has its own cooking style. Toronto is lucky to be home to one of the largest Chinatowns in the Western Hemisphere. Sometimes referred to as the “Original Chinatown,” it is one of six Chinatowns in the Greater Toronto Area.

This neighbourhood is a beehive of activity with its many shops, cheap housewares, fruit and vegetable stalls, traditional Chinese herbal medicine dispensaries, and of course, tons of great food. It can be a pretty intimidating place for those who are unfamiliar with the food and customs of the culture. Let our knowledgeable guide lead the way through a tutored tasting that begins with a traditional Chinese bakery and includes Cantonese, Fukin, an authentic Hong Kong Dim Sum experience, traditional window food and a visit to a Chinese Supermarket.

Along the way, learn the history and culture of the community, including one woman’s fight to keep the community from being demolished, as well as tidbits of etiquette and ancient customs. So “Chī dé hǎo hē” 吃得好喝 which translates to “eat well and drink!” We hope to see you soon!

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