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Toronto Chinatown Tours

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Toronto Chinatown
Located in the heart of downtown and a hub for the city’s Chinese-Canadian community, Toronto's Chinatown is a bustling neighborhood lined with an appealing range of small businesses. Visitors and Toronto residents flock here to dine at the area’s popular eateries and shop for produce and imported specialty items at corner grocers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: Chinatown, Toronto, ON, Canada
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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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Discover two of Toronto's most colorful and multicultural neighborhoods — Kensington Market and Chinatown — on this guided, 2-hour, small-group walking tour. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Toronto’s legendary Chinatown. Then explore the unique, bohemian atmosphere of Kensington Market, one of Toronto’s most popular and eclectic neighborhoods. Learn about the history of these areas and visit the locally-owned and operated eateries, unique shops and produce markets while wandering the hidden lanes and alleyways, whose brick walls are filled with stunning graffiti and street art.
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  • 2 hours
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Downtown Toronto Bike Tour

Downtown Toronto Bike Tour

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Get to know the best of Toronto on this guided, 3.5-hour bike tour. Learn about the history, culture and architecture of the largest city in Canada, along with some of its fascinating stories and facts. Ride through the bustling downtown district as well a few scenic areas off the beaten path. This tour includes the sights and sounds of the CN Tower, Chinatown, Kensington Market, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto City Hall and much more. Use of a bike and helmet, plus granola bars and water are included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Toronto Food Tour: Taste the World in Kensington Market

Toronto Food Tour: Taste the World in Kensington Market

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Savor multicultural cuisine on this walking food tour of downtown Toronto’s Kensington Market. Learn about Toronto’s fascinating food history and its influences from around the world. Roam the streets of this eclectic district, exploring the area's best vendors, stores and bakeries. Sample frybread from Canada's Indigenous people, Syrian hummus, and a special sweet concoction the melds some of Canada's favorite flavors. This small-group tour is limited to 10 people to ensure an intimate atmosphere. The series of tastings adds up to a hearty lunch; all tasting fees are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Food Tour, Toronto Chinatown with A Food Writer/Chef

Food Tour, Toronto Chinatown with A Food Writer/Chef

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Let Us Feast Together! Insider Food + History Tour + Foodie Tour + Walking Tour + more food with a Local Food Writer/Tea Sommelier/Chef Insider We will walk historical Chinatown & explore the sights and sounds enroute to eat traditional barbecue, bone broth, steamed buns, hand pulled noodles, meat prepared with spices,seafood, desserts.... I am a chef, food lover & tea sommelier who grew up in Toronto's original Chinatown in my Chinese grandfather's rooming house, where we ate from-farm-to-table, including raising live chickens in the basement. I am a world traveler- from Afghanistan to the Yucatan- using inspirations from my Canadian-Chinese roots, I fuse the flavors of both East and West in my culinary adventures. I have been featured at supper clubs & chef talks.I have written a series of e-cookbooks and a magazine celebrating tea and culinary foods. Be Hungry!
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  • 3 hours
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Luxury Small-Group Toronto City Tour

Luxury Small-Group Toronto City Tour

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Discover the sights and sounds of downtown Toronto and beyond on this guided, 6-hour sightseeing tour. Visit some of the city’s most popular locations as well as a few hidden gems on an exciting, small-group adventure. See the iconic CN Tower and Rogers Centre, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto City Hall, Queen’s Quay and the Harbourfront neighborhood, plus the historic Distillery District, multicultural Kensington Market, Chinatown, and much more. A local hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this comprehensive small-group tour.
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  • 6 hours
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Small-Group Toronto Kensington Market and Chinatown Walking Tour

Small-Group Toronto Kensington Market and Chinatown Walking Tour

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Canada is often described as a “Cultural Mosaic,” and Toronto exemplifies its diversity. Booming Chinatown, with its novelty tea shops, ethnic markets, and stunning street art. Continue through Kensington Market, the definition of the Canadian melting pot. Explore and taste more specially food stops than you can count. Fall in love with the eclectic shops through diverse authentic streets. If you are a curious local, a “New Canadian” or just a visiting for the day, let TopDogTours take you on the walk of a lifetime.
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  • 2 hours
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Exploring Kensington Market, Chinatown and the Art Gallery of Ontario audio tour

Exploring Kensington Market, Chinatown and the Art Gallery of Ontario audio tour

Explore the colourful streetscape of two of Toronto’s most popular neighbourhoods with Jane Herman of On the Town Tours. Start this self-guided GPS audio tour in one of the most “Instagrammable” spots: the south side of the Art Gallery of Ontario and end the tour at Kensington Market. Along the way, you'll pass by the iconic OCAD University and Chinatown. Jane expertly helps you navigate your way through the proliferation of street artists, vintage clothing stores, speciality markets, and unique eateries, providing invaluable suggestions about where to stop along the way. The tour is ready whenever you are. It plays audio automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smart phone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline. Start the tour in the app and put your phone in your pocket. The directions are clear and easy to follow and are great for both tourists as well as locals looking for a fun afternoon.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Private Toronto Kensington Market and Chinatown Walking Tour in English

Private Toronto Kensington Market and Chinatown Walking Tour in English

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Canada is often described as a “Cultural Mosaic,” and Toronto exemplifies its diversity. Booming Chinatown, with its novelty tea shops, ethnic markets, and stunning street art. Continue through Kensington Market, the definition of the Canadian melting pot. Explore and taste more specially food stops than you can count. Fall in love with the eclectic shops through diverse authentic streets. If you are a curious local, a “New Canadian” or just a visiting for the day, let TopDogTours take you on the walk of a lifetime.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Toronto Guided City Tour

Private Toronto Guided City Tour

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Explore Toronto’s history, culture and top attractions like a VIP during this 2.5-hour private sightseeing tour by luxury sedan or SUV. Sit back and relax in your high-end ride as you visit top Toronto sights including the CN Tower, one of its six Chinatowns, the Harbourfront, the Hockey Hall of Fame and historic Fort York, plus much more. As you travel, enjoy fun Toronto commentary and trivia from your guide, along with tips on where to eat, drink and hang out during your stay. Please note: Tour is priced per group. Choose between a luxury car that seats up to 3 people or a luxury SUV that seats up to 6 people.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Chinatown & Kensington Market Food Tour

Chinatown & Kensington Market Food Tour

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On our 3-hour guided tour of Kensington Market & Chinatown, we visit seven unique tasting locations. We begin our tour in Chinatown where we visit small businesses operated by families who serve a variety foods from across China before entering into the heart of Kensington market. The food is vibrant and exciting and bolstered by the fascinating stories of how they arrived in Toronto. You’ll have enough to eat for a hearty and satisfying lunch with dishes that include dumplings, Dan Dan Noodles, fish & chips and a Jamaican Patty plus more. All food and drink tastings are included in the ticket price. We even throw in a water bottle to keep you hydrated!
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  • 3 hours
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