Explore Chinatown with Food Writer

Toronto, Canada

Experience hosted by Carol

3 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This Host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes drinks and equipment

What you'll do

The historical walking tour will cover footsteps of the first immigrants. The first Chinese immigrants settled at Dundas & Elizabeth streets; the Ward. This historic area was teeming with immigrants, and their cultures contributed to the multicultural fabric of Toronto. On our walk, we will explore those early sites, which are now populated by new waves of Asian influences, bringing innovative foods, as well as giving homage to the pioneers.

We will walk on Dundas Street & explore the 2nd & 3rd wave immigrants along Spadina Ave/Kensington Market.

FOOD TOUR A LA CARTE - you will be paying for your own meals. Due to Local Health Rules- we will not be having family style meals-you will be guided to order/pay your own meals by your guide.Local & Authentic types of savory & sweet foods, including b-b-que meats,Lamian- hand pulled noodles, regional dishes and innovative side dishes: traditional desserts such as mochi, creamy egg tarts, red bean. $.50-25

You'll discover how traditional Chinese food shaped our tastes beyond Americanized Chinese Food such as sweet and sour chicken balls—into a fusion of cuisines.

Bonus at the end, those interested can come on a shopping tour of local food market/chinese herbalist for insider experience & create your own inspired dishes.
NOTE-due to local health alerts there maybe changes to the tour beyond our control

Vegetarians accommodated
The historical walking tour will cover footsteps of the first immigrants. The first Chinese immigrants settled at Dundas & Elizabeth streets; the Ward. This historic area was teeming with immigrants, and their cultures contributed to the multicultural fabric of Toronto. On our walk, we will explore those early sites, which are now populated by new waves of Asian influences, bringing innovative foods, as well as giving homage to the pioneers.…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Tea paired with food
  • Equipment
    We will be able to see period photographs of the area plus a unique experie...

Meet your host, Carol

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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Let Us Feast Together!
Join me in my love for Toronto & the most food of any tour.
Heritage food+ walking tour+ foodie tour + food coma + more food-a Food Story Teller
We will eat traditional barbecue, bone broth, steamed buns, hand pulled noodles, meat prepared with spices, desserts...covid there is distancing.
I am a chef, food lover & tea sommelier who grew up in Toronto's original Chinatown in my grandfather's rooming house, where we ate from-farm-to-table, including raising live chickens in the basement. I am a world traveler- from Afghanistan to the Yucatan- using inspirations from my Canadian-Chinese roots, I fuse the flavors of both East and West in my culinary adventures. I have been featured at supper clubs & chef talks.I have written a series of e-cookbooks and a magazine celebrating tea and culinary foods- theloveofteamag.com
Let Us Feast Together!
Join me in my love for Toronto & the most food of any tour.
Heritage food+ walking tour+ foodie tour + food coma + more food-a Food Story Teller
We will eat traditional barbecue, bone broth, steamed buns, hand pulled noodles, meat prepared with spices, desserts...covid there is distancing.
I am a chef, food lover & tea sommelier who grew up in Toronto's original Chinatown in my grandfather's rooming house, where we ate from-farm-to-table, including rai…
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Where you'll be

We will meet OUTSIDE at the Toronto Coach Terminal, at the heart of the original Ward district. We will walk towards University Avenue on Dundas Street—the site of the original Chinatown in the 1880s, which was relocated in the 1960s for the construction of the new City Hall. At the start of our outing, we will explore the first Chinatown.

Rated 4.88 out of 5 from 75 reviews.

Emily
August 2021
Carol greeted us like friends on this tour. She thought of everything including hand sanitizer and a poncho for rain. Through images Carol brought with her, we were able to take a glimpse into the past, seeing where the first wave of Chinese immigrants settled in Toronto. We ate at a bakery, bbq place and hand pulled noodle place - all delicious - that I know I would have missed if it wasn’t for Carol! Carol even brought us into a Chinese grocer and helped us pick some basics for our own pantry. A very personalized and thoughtful tour! We ended the day in Kensington market, enjoying the best doughnut I have ever tasted. Carol gave us some tea that I cannot wait to sip on later today! Would highly recommend :)
Casey
January 2020
This was our first Airbnb experience, and we had no idea what to expect. Carol was amazing and took us on a tour of Chinatown. We ate delicious Chinese BBQ and hand pulled noodles. Carol also ordered us dishes that we mentioned liking. I really felt a connection with Carol. She really has a passion for telling the history of Toronto’s Chinatown.
Peter
December 2019
Our family had a very enjoyable time learning about Toronto's Chinatown history and Carol's knowledge of the area was excellent. We discovered a number of Chinatown restaurants that we would definitely return to again. It was great to learn more about our own city.
Omar
December 2019
This was a unique and culturally experience. It is also an experience that I would consider (as the host) revamping should the weather not be cooperative or, as the person participating in the experience, I would check in advance to make sure that the weather is agreeable before signing up, as so much of this experience is spent outdoors.
Daniel
November 2019
My experience with Carol was like becoming part of the local community during the time I spent with her. I was able to sample a unique lifestyle. Thank you Carol Mak.
Cassie
November 2019
This is a wonderful experience for those looking to learn about the Chinese history and food scene in Toronto. Carol has a wealth of knowledge and is such a pleasure to spend the day with - she is passionate and friendly. You will NOT leave hungry so when she says not to eat breakfast, listen!! Carol went above and beyond and made the day feel special for me as I was celebrating my birthday. I highly recommend this experience!

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 15 and up can attend.

What to bring

comfortable walking shoes, water bottle, appetite

Curiosity to learn and be adventourous to try new foods