Toronto’s Many Cultural Neighborhoods

April 27, 2016

Being the most multicultural city on the planet, Toronto has something that will satisfy anyone. Here are some of their most well-known cultural neighborhoods for anyone looking for a taste of home or a cultural shock:

Little Italy

Centered at the intersection of College Street and Grace Street runs a shopping and restaurant strip that is perfectly romantic for a date night, or just fun for a night out with friends. Head to Marinella or Trattoria Taverniti for delicious Italian cuisine. The Italian feel of this neighborhood will satisfy any craving for Italian food or other Italian goods.

Little India

While it’s definitely not the only place in Toronto to experience a taste of South Asian culture, street vendors and South Asian art pieces make this neighborhood one of the most popular tourist destinations for a reason. Also known as Gerrard India Bazaar, the Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Afghan and Sri Lankan establishments make it the largest South Asian neighborhood in North America. Located from Gerrard Street from Greenwood to Coxwell, this neighborhood is far from the downtown core while still easily accessible by public transit.


Located between Markham Street and Christie Street, Koreatown has enough restaurants and bars to satisfy anyone, day or night. Head to Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu or Korean Village Restaurant for the top rated restaurants in Koreatown. When night falls, head to BMB Karaoke or Clinton’s Tavern to experience the superb nightlife.

Little Portugal

In “old” city Toronto lies Little Portugal. With many bakeries, this area is perfect for anyone looking to satisfy their sweet tooth. Also, check out their many European art galleries or indulge with some Portuguese wine. This area is located in the downtown West End, along Dundas Street West from Rusholme Road to Shaw Street.


The largest cultural neighborhood in Toronto, Chinatown Toronto is one of the largest and most exciting Chinese neighborhoods in North America. Visit Celebrity Hotpot for their unlimited drink stand, or simply walk along Spadina Avenue from Queen Street to Dundas Avenue and get lost in a massive shopping scene (caution: you may be there for days!).

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