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Although there are several Chinese districts in the Greater Toronto area, including the Don Valley Chinatown East, purists still refer to this one as the main Chinatown. On wide streets lined with bright lights, shops sell everything from medicinal herbs to take-out kung po gai ding. While some of the small shops hold form to more traditional ways, the Dragon City Shopping Mall at Dundas and Spadina is the ultimate East meets West shopping experience. The district is also restaurant rich and although some of them may look daunting to the uninitiated, the food is invariably excellent. Payment method varies by store.
Although it's never been considered terribly trendy or fashionable, this strip is still likely to provide you with a great deal or an unusual treasure. Pronounced 'Spa-dye-nah', here you'll discover wholesale outlets, factories and a culturally diverse array of grocers, as well as fur and leather discount stores. Many of the Chinese eateries tucked away along this stretch of downtown are first rate. While bargain hunting in the Spadina-Kensington area, where the European-style Kensington Market is located, be sure to step into the numerous cheese and fish shops.
Graffiti Alley, formally known as Rush Lane is a treasure trove of graffiti art located in the heart of Toronto. The graffiti art stretches on for over a kilometer, and is a thoroughly enjoyable experience for those who enjoy arts. The artworks change from time to time, with new ones accommodated on a frequent basis. Don't forget to carry your camera along if you're passing by the area.
One of the oldest buildings in Toronto, The Burroughes Building was built in 1907 when it served as the main store for FC Burroughs Furniture Company. However, now the building is going to be rented out as a retail space and also to host cultural, community and business events. Hard to miss because of its old world charm and beauty, this building has captured the fascination of tourists and locals alike. A must see if you are ever in Toronto.
You will be compelled to stop in your tracks when you see the Toronto's Half House on the St Patrick Street. A 19th-century, Victorian structure with just one-half visible, the other half of Toronto's Half House was torn down in the 20th Century by a real estate company. Owning to disputes between the owner and the development company, this house was torn in the most awkward fashion while its neighbor's building was being demolished. Sliced exactly in half, the wall that you see was a division separating the bedrooms. Legal tiffs aside, this place is a must-visit if you wish to spot something eccentric and capture it on your camera's lens.
As the name suggests, this residence is for the students of the University of Toronto, who are pursuing masters and doctoral courses . The Graduate House is an outstanding structure and boasts of excellent amenities. For details, check website.