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Toronto Chinatown
Toronto Chinatown

Toronto Chinatown

Free admission
Chinatown, Toronto, ON

The Basics

Chinatown is within walking distance of Toronto’s downtown landmarks. As such, walking tours often include a stop here for a historical overview of Chinese immigration to Toronto. Private tours offer the option to add Chinatown to a fully customized itinerary. For an experience that focuses solely on the area's gourmet eateries, food tours visit hidden gems and establishments loved by locals, from Cantonese bakeries to Hong Kong–style dim sum restaurants.

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Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown
Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown
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$42.45 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fun and extremely educational!
Awesome guide and delicious (lots of them) snacks along the way. Our day had rain but didn't interfere in the least.
vicki561, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Toronto

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Kenningston market
Christine_V, Sep 2020
Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown
Tim, our guide was quite knowledgeable and friendly. Slow pace which was perfect 😀 he went above and behond. Ended up being a private tour which made the experience even better!
star-5
Informative and fun.
Melinda_H, Sep 2019
Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown
In addition to a great tour, Mike handled a pretty major philosophical difference with incredible tact and good humor. As a bonus, we managed to find a needed replacement men’s jacket for $20 at one of the vintage clothes stores that Mike pointed us to! Very fun hunting!
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a day packed into 2.5 hours
MICHAEL_B, Sep 2019
Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown
our guide, mike, was outstanding !!! we talked,laughed, and ate our way through these historic areas. learned so much from mike and even got a bonus stop at a historic music venue since a was a music nut.
star-5
Excellent!
Sightsee139777, Jul 2019
Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown
The weather was with us for a wonderful walk and talk by our clear speaking leader. Highly recommended. The Chinese bakery was unique and lots of fun.
star-5
Excellent tour !!
Patricia_S, Jul 2018
Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown
I lived in Toronto for 40+ years before I moved to Florida. Mike, our tour guide was excellent and I discovered many new things about my home town!! I would highly recommend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Chinatown is a must for foodies.

  • When possible, book reservations in advance to avoid the notoriously long lines at restaurants in the area.

  • Bring cash: Some Chinatown businesses do not take credit cards.

  • The time limit for street parking is three hours unless specified otherwise.

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How to Get There

Chinatown is located in Downtown Toronto and is easily accessible using the city’s comprehensive transit system. To reach Chinatown, take streetcar 510 to Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West or streetcar 501 to Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue. Bus 505 stops at Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West, the closest stop to Chinatown.

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When to Get There

Chinatown is busiest during typical lunch and dinner hours—go during these peaks to get a feel for the neighborhood’s atmosphere. To beat the crowds and enjoy a quieter experience, stroll through just as the shops open, around 9am–10am. A Chinese New Year festival (February) and a summer Chinatown Festival are held annually, offering a range of food vendors, cultural performances, and public-art displays.

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Dim Sum with a View

Located on the fifth floor of the Dragon City Shopping Mall, in the heart of Chinatown, Sky Dragon is a hidden gem with a cityscape view. The dim sum restaurant, open daily, uses Hong Kong–style cart service to offer guests steamed treats. While you dine, look out onto Spadina Avenue and beyond for city views rarely seen by visitors.

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