I’ve been living in the Greater Toronto Area for the majority of my life and have spent the past 6 years specifically in the downtown Toronto core after getting a job here back in 2013. I love spending my time after work & on weekends roaming around the many different neighbourhoods that Toronto has to offer. I would say I’m pretty familiar with the neighbourhoods in and around the city & generally have a pretty good idea of what are offered in these neighbourhoods. However, it wasn’t until recently, when I joined Local Toronto Food Tours for their Kensington Market & Chinatown Food Tour, that I gained a deeper understanding and appreciation of these 2 popular spots in the city.
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I can’t think of a better way to learn about different neighbourhoods in your own city than to join a Local Toronto Food Tour. Here are 5 reasons why you should check them out:
1. Explore and learn something new about the neighbourhood and restauants
The tour started off in Chinatown and we slowly made our way to Kensington Market. We made 7 stops at 7 different restaurants and surprisingly to me, I had only been to 1 of the 7 stops before! I learned so much about each of the restaurants’ history, development over the years and how it came to be what it is today. I gained a deeper understanding behind everything that we sampled throughout the food tour. Some of the stories and struggles behind small business owners really resonated with me but don’t worry, I won’t be going into further details about these stories because you should hear them first hand from the tour guide!
The 7 stops are listed on the Local Food Tours website if you’re curious to see what you will be visiting. I personally like surprises so I didn’t do any research of the stops before hand (shocking for a blogger!).
2. Sample new foods with a tasting at every stop
The tour includes a 7 restaurant stop with 12+ different food tastings. We were able to enjoy sample bites here & there and your ticket also includes a bottled water. I had a light breakfast before the tour and came out of the tour pretty satisfied for the amount of different foods we sampled.
3. A personable tour guide
Our tour guide Joseph was really friendly and personable. He chatted a little bit with everyone throughout the tour to hear their story. He was really informative about every single place we visited and shared some stories that I didn’t even know, despite having lived in Toronto and being a frequent visitor in the neighbourhood for 20 + years.
4. Enjoy a weekend’s worth of exercise from this tour
Given that the tour includes 7 stops and visits to some of the parks & graffiti alleys, the duration of the tour all in all was approximately 3 hours and a 1.3km walk. That’s a pretty good morning and afternoon exercise as you’ll be walking off everything that you’re eating!
5. Meet people from around the world
It’s always interesting to meet people that are also on the same tour as you. They’re usually visiting from out of town, out of the province and in our case, from another country, Egypt! It was really nice to hear the a mom on the tour share stories of her & her son of how they grew up in Egypt and family traditions etc.
Local Toronto Food Tours is a great option for those looking to learn a bit more about different neighbourhoods in Toronto. I gained a lot of value from this experience and have a deeper appreciation of the areas in China town and Kesington Market that I frequently visit. The tours make for a great group activity or even gift for friends from out of town. The tours occur most days (please visit their website to confirm availability) at 11:15AM for 3 hours. The cost is $59 + tax which includes food & guide. Here is the link to their website if you’re interested in their Kensington Market & Chinatown Tour
That’s it from me guys! Hope you guys find this post helpful & be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions about Local Toronto Food Tours! Feel free to also follow along my Instagram page where I update daily with what I’m up to.
Written by Grace Yeung
Edited by Eden Yeung
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