Often blending geographically with The Annex, Seaton Village, and Little Italy, Koreatown is most well known as the area closely surrounding Bloor Street - roughly between Markham west to Montrose – housing many of the city’s Korean restaurants retailers. But it's not quite as easy to trace Koreatown’s boundaries as it is for many of Toronto’s other ethnic neighbourhoods.
Prior to the 1980s, people from Central and South America heavily populated the section of Bloor West of Bathurst. Toronto in particular has become home to a considerable number of first and second generation Koreans, thanks in great part to Canada's liberal immigration laws; the past three decades have seen an influx of Korean immigrants to the GTA. A majority settled in the enclave we now call Koreatown, and before long, a small Korean business neighbourhood emerged along Bloor Street, centered on the intersection of Bloor and Manning Avenue. The Korean community has stood by their own culture amidst Toronto's melting pot of cultures, and in that process, have enriched the existing neighbourhood with a diverse, cosmopolitan vibe.
Fun Facts! First, while the information is almost 8 years old, the 2011 census marked Toronto as having the largest single concentration of Koreans in Canada with almost 64,755 living in the city. There’s even been a spike in enrollment in Korean courses at U of T in recent years, which many professors are attributing to the rise of ‘K-pop’ music and other Korean pop culture exports!
Have you turned on your radio and heard the latest from BTS?! This chart-topping K-Pop boy band hails from South Korea!
Koreatown features stores and restaurants on multiple stories, with independently run establishments reaching up to higher floors, exuding an ambience of Seoul itself! The vicinity is full of sights, sounds, smells, and scenes that remind us how lucky we are to live in such a diverse city. The community draws a lot of tourism, as well as Torontonians looking for the best in Korean food, groceries, K-Pop nightclubs, and renowned karaoke! To get a taste for the true flavour of this amazing Asian nation, try the chobab (sushi) bars serving some mouthwatering dishes or the canteens that specializes on the signature Kimchi cuisines.
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I love the walnut cakes at Hodo Kwaja!!
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And we always have a blast at XO Karaoke!!
But not all the favourites in the neighbourhood are Korean. One of our go-to joints is Snakes & Lattes, offering food and drinks ( and now serving alcohol!) alongside a library of thousands of playable games old and new.
Can you imagine having such diverse cultural offerings just a stroll away? Imagine the options for Friday dinners or a Saturday out on the town? Check out this Brick & Beam Loft with courtyard garden in Toronto's Button Factory - NOW SOLD!
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Steven Fudge, Sales Representative
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