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Neighbourhoods in Toronto




Toronto is called the "City of Neighbourhoods" due to its numerous ethnic and historic residential communities. There are about 250 vibrant neighborhoods established by immigrant populace from Italy, Greece, China, India, Latin America and many other places with a singular style of living.

When the old city of Toronto (today known as Downtown) encompassed the former municipalities of York, North York, East York, Scarborough and Etobicoke in the last decade; no one of them lost the identity of their neighborhoods. In fact, local residents organized themselves to preserve their historical heritage and make their districts touristier.

Around 40% of Toronto's inhabitants are foreign-born and at least 80 languages are spoken in the metropolis. With this great diversity, it is pleasant to explore Toronto, either on foot or by tour-buses. Following there is a list of the some of the most representative neighborhoods.

CORSO ITALIA


One of the largest Italian populace outside Italy is in Toronto. Corso Italia is a lively area plenty of open-air cafes, traditional restaurants, trattorias offering pastas and grocery stores with a variety of cheeses and European-styled fashion merchandise. In recent years its popularly has increase the service prices. Add: College St.
Little Italy is a similar Italian neighborhood. Add: St. Clair Av. West.
Little Italy

CHINATWON


There are 3 Chinese neighborhoods in Toronto which contain also other Asian people. Every Chinatown boasts stores and stalls selling bok choy and other Chinese vegetables and products. Restaurants, vintage clothing boutiques, some malls and dragon boat races are common in these neighborhoods, too. Add. 1: Spadina Av. (like Hong Kong). Add. 2: Hwy 7 Warden Av. (like Canton). Add. 3: Dundas St. West.
Chinatown

GREEKTOWN


In Toronto is sited the largest Greek community in North America. The neighborhood has merged the modern Mediterranean life-style with the historic spirit of antique Greece. There are various shops, boutiques, restaurants serving calamari (squid), souvlakis (skewered lamb) and other Greek favorites, nightclubs and traditional taverns with musicians and dancers dressed typically. Add: Danforth Av. (from Broadview).
Greektown

LITTLE INDIA


Famous for its festival-like ambiance amid colorful lights and lively street-life. The Little Indian streets are filled with restaurants serving traditional dishes such as masala dosai (bread with lentils), grocers providing exotic delights and shops selling pretty saris and other textiles. Festivals with Indian instruments, glittering jewelers and Bollywood video stores are also common. Add: Gerrard St East (at Greenwood Av).
Little India


Other Neighbourhoods


Traditional Ethnic Districs
Neighbourhood Description
Cabbagetown One of the most traditional Anglo-Saxon (mainly Irish) slums in North America renowned for its amazing Victorian and Edwardian homes. A notable hub for arts with various theaters and important festivals.
Add: Parliament St East (along Gerrard St).
Roncesvalles Village A western European atmosphere covers this antique district. Little Poland is contiguous offering a Polish accent to the area. With tree-lined streets, bakeries with fresh-baked goods, sausage shops and old smoke-houses. Add: Roncescalles Av.
Koreatown A business district, filled with oriental restaurants, herb stores, alternative-medicine specialists, and markets with Korean merchandise. Add: Bloor St West (at Bathurst St).
Upper Village One of the two Jewish communities. Its streets boast bookstores, kosher bazaars and Jew delicatessens. Add: Eglinton Av.


Modern Districs
Neighbourhood Description
Financial District The most important banks, insurance companies and the tallest buildings and skyscrapers including the CN Tower are placed here. However, some antique constructions have been conserved. Add: Queen St. to Front St.
Queen West The trendiest neighborhood has various stylish shops, galleries, book stores, nightclubs and malls. It preserves its historic binds with the old city and today its residents are making efforts to restore some traditional buildings. Add:Queen St West (at Bathurst St)
Yorkville It is the genteel home to fashionable shops and exclusive designer’s boutiques, museums such as the Royal Ontario Museum, art galleries, elegant cafes and restaurants. Add: Toronto's Downtowm.


Others Old Town, Kensington Market, Eglinton Way, , Bloordale Village, Leslieville, Rosedale, Bloorcourt Village, Dovercourt Village, Forest Hill, Harbord Street, Elm Street, Hillcrest Village, Parkdale Village.
Entertainment District, Theater District, Art & Design District, Garden District, St. Clair Gardens, Junction Gardens, The Annex, , Gay Village, The Toronto Islands, Harbourfront.








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