Spadina Avenue - From Entertainment & Fashion to Chinatown

Spanning just more than 2 miles in downtown Toronto, Spadina Avenue is a historic road that carries northbound and southbound traffic. This commercial thoroughfare runs through the Entertainment District, Fashion District and Chinatown. Several Toronto Transmit Commission (TTC) streetcars operate along the entire length of the avenue. You'll also find it easy to transfer to TTC subway trains. From waterfront parks to ethnic cultural centers, this famous street leads to interesting points in the heart of Ontario's largest city.


Spadina Ave - from waterfront parks to ethnic cultural centers
Spadina Ave - from waterfront parks to ethnic cultural centers
The southernmost tip of Spadina Avenue offers access to Toronto's vibrant waterfront. Featuring promenades that have sweeping views of Lake Ontario, the Spadina Quay Wetlands is an urban green space that includes a marina and docks. An outdoor amphitheater is also open at the neighboring Toronto Music Garden that hosts shows and concerts. HTO Park West is another popular lakefront park that straddles the southern end of the busy avenue. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour. Standing only one block east of Spadina Avenue, the Rogers Centre is one of the city's top sports venues. This indoor facility serves as the home field for the Toronto Blue Jays of the MLB. An upscale hotel is integrated into this world-class baseball stadium that has a full roof. The Ukrainian Museum of Canada Ontario Branch stands on the northern end of the thoroughfare. This attraction presents temporary exhibits on Ukrainian culture ranging from ancient times to the 21st century. The museum also celebrates notable Canadian artists, athletes, scholars and other accomplished individuals who have Ukrainian heritage. The University of Toronto campus occupies several blocks on the east side of the avenue. You can enter the Nona MacDonald Visitor Center to obtain official information on activities and attractions at this world-renowned institution of higher education.

Shopping, Dining and More

Chinatown on Spadina Ave in Toronto
Chinatown on Spadina Ave in Toronto
Spadina Avenue cuts through the heart of Chinatown, the largest Chinese enclave in Canada. From grocery stores and pharmacies to spas and boutiques, this ethnic neighborhood is lined with hundreds of businesses that cater to immigrants from China and other neighboring countries. Of course, the district also has dozens of eateries and restaurants that serve a variety of traditional Asian dishes. Regional Hunan, Cantonese and Sichuan plates are available at the authentic dining establishments in Chinatown. Once home to a booming garment industry, the Fashion District occupies a few blocks west of the avenue. Today, this historic community is home to studios, offices and some residential units that were once used as factories. Clothing, shoes and accessories are sold at bargain prices in small shops along the lively Queen Street West. The commercial corridor on this street also has some bars, pubs and casual eateries to accommodate an urban crowd. Grafitti Alley roughly defines the borders of the Fashion District and the adjacent communities.

Getting Around Spadina Avenue

Spadina Avenue is easy to navigate by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) streetcars. Running northbound and southbound, the 310 and 510 lines make stops every few blocks. You can also transfer to other streetcar routes at major intersections in the heart of the city. For example, you could hop on the 301 and 501 lines on Queen Street West. The 304 and 504 routes stop at the corner of the avenue and King Street West. TTC subway service is available at the Spadina Station that roughly defines the northern end of the thoroughfare. The Yonge-University and Bloor-Danforth trains serve this busy transportation center. These subway networks are connected to Union Station, which accommodates commuter and intercity trains.
By: Denise Marie
Published On: 2019-05-10
Updated On: 2019-06-20

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