1. You’ll Meet People from Everywhere in the World
2. Cultural Festivals that Broaden your Horizons
3. Culturally-rich Neighbourhoods to Lose Yourself Exploring
For every nationality that’s represented in Toronto, there’s probably a corresponding neighbourhood that proudly represents its cultural heritage. Some of Toronto’s coolest neighbourhoods to check out include Greektown, with lively Greek tavernas and pastry shops, super cool Koreatown, and trendy Annex, just adjacent to the University of Toronto St. George campus. Here you can check out the historic Philosopher’s Walk, a scenic footpath through beautifully preserved campus buildings from the 19th century.
Be sure to also put aside time for exploring Chinatown…because there are six of them! Toronto has one of the largest Chinatowns in North America in its downtown core, but has five other primarily Chinese neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto area, including Markham and Mississauga.
4. Food That Will Blow Your Mind and Change Your Tastes Forever
Is there anything that brings people together more than food? You might be confident that nothing beats your national cuisine, but spend a bit of time in Toronto and you’ll be humbled by the incredible variety of flavours you’ll come into contact with. Get introduced to local culture with a delicious pot of poutine, the national dish of Canada. Crispy French fries are topped with fresh cheese curds and piping hot gravy. The result is a melted, gooey mountain of potato, cheese and sauce that’s hearty and perfect for cold, winter nights. Once you’ve mastered this dish, check out traditional Portuguese egg tarts in Little Portugal for an authentic taste of these buttery, flaky delights. If you’re really hungry, make your way to one of the city’s many food festivals, like Waterfront Night Market, a massive summer night market serving pan-Asian street food, and local craft beer.