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Each of Toronto's neighbourhoods has a unique character, a mix of ethnicities and new blood moving into the neighbourhoods.
The main Chinatown is centered around Dundas and Spandina. Very large with many good restaurants, and tons of opportunites for discount shopping.
Kensington Market, just west of Chinatown, bordered by College on the north, Dundas on the South, Kensington Street on the east and Bellevue on the west, the market is a very lively place where hippies, hipsters, latinos, West Indians, East Europeans, Portuguese, Chinese and more all mix together. There are lots of restaurants, including many vegetarian options, and more discount shopping.
Queen Street West, running from vaguely from Spadina to Bathhurst, has lots of funky shops and restaurants
The Toronto Entertainment District is home to hundreds of restaurants, nightclubs, sporting facilities, boutiques, hotels, attractions and live theatre. The district contains two of Toronto's main theatres, the Royal Alexandra and the Princess of Wales Theatre. At night, the area comes alive with young kids hitting the nightclubs along the area.
The Entertainment Distrct is loosely the area from King Street south to Front Street street, bounded in the Spadina in the west and University Street in the east.
The Annex, centered around Bloor Street West and Spadina, is close to the University of Toronto. There are lots of places full of students and good patios to have coffee/beer. If you go further west you'll hit Korean business area and Honest Ed's, a very large discount store you'll ever see.
Little Italy runs along College Street, west of Bathurst. Tons of bars and restaurants with a number of cuisines more than just Italian.
"The Danforth" (also known as Greektown), along Danforth Ave from Broadview to Pape. Good restaurants and shopping.
Little India, on Gerrard Street between about Greenwood and Coxwell has an Indian bazaar that can bring to mind all the sights and sounds of India.
The Beach or The Beaches -- Queen Street East at about Woodbine -- If you want to go somewhere a little quieter but still urban, you can take a walk along the lake, then go to the somewhat yuppie cafés on Queen.
Yorkdale, running along Bloor from Yonge Street to Avenue Road, has some of the highest end shopping in all of Toronto. It might not have much for the bargain seeking shopper, but there are some nice patios in the area.
The Gay Village, centered around Church Street and Wellsley Street, is a lively area full of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered bars and restaurants, though most of the bars are "hetro-friendly" for straight visitors.
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