Toronto Ethnic City Guide

Why hop on a plane when you can visit (almost) every country in the world. Perhaps not in the literal sense, Toronto hosts a huge number of ethnic neighbourhoods for you to explore. I know that you will have as much fun as I do.

Welcome To Toronto!

Have you ever heard of Toronto referred to as “The Six”? This is a reference to the six previous areas of Toronto (Toronto proper, Scarborough, East York, North York, York, and Etobicoke) which used to be independent. While they can come together as a legal entity, they retain their individual flavour and nuance.

Little Portugal Toronto

I really love the vibrant colours. What about you?

This place goes crazy during the World Cup, regardless of who made it to the championship. College and Dufferin is the main intersection of the community, with Portuguese restaraunts (and other businesses) populating a couple square kilometres of real estate. It is great to walk around, regardless of the weather or time of year.

Here are some points of interest in the area.

If you would like directions, please click on the address hyperlink. Alternatively, if you would like to check out their website, please click on their name.

Chinatown Toronto

Notice all of the awesome neon signs? This area surely comes to life after dark!

Toronto hosts one of the world’s largest Chinese populations outside China. While the first migrants were Cantonese speaking migrants from Hong Kong and Guangzhou, the community has become more diverse in recent years. While this area still hosts a strong Chinese presence, many investors have moved north to Markham and beyond. This has resulted in other ground taking over leases, like a Vietnamese restaurant or a Laosian barbershop. Regardless of where the vendors are from, they are super friendly and are willing to make small chat with you!

If only everyone was as happy as fine people at Happy Meat Market LTD.

The main interseciton here is Dundas and Spadina, just a jump from the sheer awesomeness of Kensington Market. The closest subway stations are with Osgoode or St. Patrick, each requiring a couple minute walk from the underground terminal. There is so much to see and experience along the way! Take lots of pictures!

This is a great place to get leather wallets and belts, in addition to many other awesome things. I usually go to Pacific Mall, the largest Asian shopping mall in North America. It is located in Markham, about 40 minutes (or so) drive from downtown. This is great to check out when in the area, maybe before a hockey (or baseball) game. I love Toronto!

Little Italy Toronto

Are you in the mood for a veal sandwich and a beer? What about some primo coffee and some good conversation? Head over to Little Italy for the entire day, not just for a couple of hours.

All the paesanos will know that Little Italy is located just west of Kensington Market, south of the Korean district. Toronto is a super chill and accepting city, with people enjoying each other’s differences, not letting them be a reason for fighting each other. We are not here trying to say that one area is better than another, with local folk enjoying the diversity and the option to change things up on the reg. In other words, Toronto does well when we all do well. Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to get a Stanley Cup in our lifetime?

The last time that we won a Stanley Cup was in 1967. That is a full 20 years before I was born. Some say that Leaf fans are the most loyal in the league, with out unwavering support for our boys in blue. If you want to see the fireworks of Canadian culture, spend lots of money and buy a ticket to see the Maple Leafs square off against the Montreal Canadians at Scotiabank Area.
Looks like nice people and legit pizza! I wanna try!
This is the dining room @ Bella Vista Trattoria & Wine Bar. I would def want to bring my wife here for a nice date. My son would cause way too much drama but who is to blame him. Todders rarely exhibit table manners.

This place has been around forever. You can see from their reviews that they are a community institution.

Little India Toronto

Gerrard Market is a great place to do some shopping, taking in all of the exotic smells and colours. They have a holiday called Diwali where they set off lots of fireworks for everyone to enjoy. I love living in such a friendly city!

Little India is not that far from the Beaches area, you know that area beside Lake Ontario near the big swimming pool.

Shanti Baba Trading – 546 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B5
Little India Restaurant
Compact, family-owned fixture offering familiar Indian dishes & a lunch buffet in a relaxed space.
Greektown Toronto
If you haven’t partied with the Greeks then you haven’t actually partied!

This area stretches across the Danforth, spanning between Pape and Woodbine. This is in the eastern part of the city, being relatively close to Lake Ontario. Just a heads up, it is terrible finding traffic here. I highly recommend taking the TTC or Uber. The food here is fantastic, whether it be intimate Greek restaurants or casual outdoor BBQ. I would even be down for some roasted lamb, how about you?

This church serves as the focus for the community, many of whom are part of the Greek Orthodox Church. I have been invited to many of the establishments in the area, overwhelmed by the kindness and hospitality shown towards me and my crew. And by the way, I have a Greek brother in law. Hi Nico!
Athens Restaurant – Serving Greek & Mediterranean fare including sharing plates with full bar & coffee since 1977.
Mezes – Busy Greek spot with a lively vibe & a 2-level dining room, plus share plates & a heated patio.
Japanese Restaurants Toronto
KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINAL – Festive mainstay offering Japanese small plates & drinks in a lively atmosphere. – 459 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C5
Kasa Moto – Sophisticated Japanese fare served in a sleek, vibrant setting with a rooftop patio & an ornate bar. – Yorkville
Zakkushi on Carlton – Cozy Japanese spot with a tapas menu featuring yakitori (charbroiled skewers of meat), plus sake. 193 Carlton St., Toronto, ON M5A 2K7

All You Can Eat Sushi

  1. KAKA All You Can Eat – Relaxed all-you-can-eat destination with outdoor seating offering a Japanese menu & desserts. 655 Bay St. #5, Toronto, ON M5G 2K4
  2. Spring Sushi – Brightly lit, spacious place for Japanese & Thai cuisine, with a patio & touch-screen food ordering. 10 Dundas St E #500, Toronto, ON M5B 2G9
  3. Kyoto House – Vibrant all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet with hot entrees & sushi, plus a diverse take-out menu. 143 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1C5
  4. Aji Sai Japanese Restaurant – Bright go-to for all-you-can-eat sushi & other popular Japanese dishes, plus an à la carte menu. 467 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A9
  5. Ichiban Asian All You Can Eat North York 5095 Yonge St Suite A9A, North York, ON M2N 6Z4

Japanese Cultural Centres

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre – Serene, modern space hosting a wide range of contemporary & traditional Japanese cultural events. 6 Garamond Ct, North York, ON M3C 1Z5
  1. The Japan Foundation, Toronto 2 Bloor St E #300, Toronto, ON M4W 1A8
  2. Consulate General of Japan77 King St W Suite 3300, Toronto, ON M5K 1A1
  3. Toronto Japanese Language School18 Orde St, Toronto, ON M5T 1N7
Now the Noor Cultural Center, this used to be the Japanese Cultural Centre prior to 2003.

Foreign Consulates In Toronto (and Area)

While an embassy is the main diplomatic office of a foreign government, the consulate is the subservient branch outside the capital. We have many consulates all over the city. They serve not only official roles but also to promote peace and goodwill among the nations.

CONSULATE-GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE -Suite 5300, Dominion Bank Tower 1E6, 66 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON
Consulate General of Colombia – 40 University Ave #604, Toronto, ON M5J 1T1
Consulate General of India – 365 Bloor St E #700, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4
The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China – 240 St George St, Toronto, ON M5R 2N5
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