Ever since Vogue declared Queen Street West to be the second coolest neighborhood in the world, it seems the city has finally broken free of the description: “it’s just like New York but smaller”. Take 6 million people, 180 languages, a world-renowned film festival and one of the largest Caribbean street festivals in North America, and you have Toronto.
The city is quite large, yet it boasts a blend of intimate walkable residential neighborhoods, green park space and urban density. Because of the speedy gentrification that has taken place over the past few years, modern-day Toronto is overflowing with neighborhoods of liberal hipster heaven (see Trinity Bellwoods, Ossington, or Parkdale further west). All this while somehow managing to maintain its welcoming Canadian vibe and its world famous multiculturalism.
Toronto is – and has been – one of the most diverse cities in the world. Canada's cultural capital is home to a range of incredibly diverse neighborhoods like Chinatown, Little India, Little Italy and Little Portugal – to name a few. More than half of Toronto’s current population has been born elsewhere, making for one of the world’s most vibrant food scenes. Torontonians will seek out authenticity when dining out, which is why you’ll find more regional and traditional dishes here than in many major cities in Europe or America. Take Middle Eastern cuisine: have your pick of Mediterranean, Persian, Syrian or Egyptian food without leaving the downtown core.
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