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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.
Known in the 1930s as the Jewish Market, Kensington today is an awesome display of the city's multi-ethnicity. Here you will find shops packed with products from Europe, Middle East, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia and you will hear dozens of languages spoken. A visit to this market is like taking a trip around the world! With more than 100 shops in all selling everything from second-hand clothing to fresh produce, from exotic pastries to art objects and furniture, you won't go away empty-handed.
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.
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.
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.
A pleasure zone located in the core of the city, this area, bordered by Queen Street West, York, Lakeshore, and Spadina, is rich with restaurants, theater, sporting events and live music. Some highlights include the Princess of Wales theater and Roy Thomson Hall for the performing arts. For popular dining, Alice Fazooli's and Joe Badali's hit the spot. For the sports nut, there's the SkyDome and the Air Canada Centre, and to sleep it all off the Crowne Plaza-Toronto Centre or the Holiday Inn on King.
The Adam Beck Memorial is in memory of the man who worked towards hydroelectricity and reaching it to infrastructure in Ontario. He is the founder of Ontario Hydro. The portrait sculpture is the design of Emanuel Hahn who won the first place in a design competition. The sculpture is of Adam Beck in a commanding posture with clenched fists with a backdrop of pine cones and maple leaf symbolic of Canada. His feet are gently sloping to allow rainwater to cascade down to a basin portraying the city's waterways used to generate electricity.