As you know, this weekend we were getting ready for my daughter’s graduation from Middle School. We had been shopping for shoes in our neighbourhood but could not found the right shoes: they had to be flat sandals in a gold-like colour. Yesterday we decided to take a trip to Chinatown to see if we could find what we were looking for.
We got off the streetcar just as we entered Chinatown, hoping that we could find the shoe shop we had visited before.
Alas, the store had closed down – as have so many in the last couple of years. Store fronts stand empty even in this part of town.
We walked to the main road in Chinatown, Spadina Avenue. Here throngs of people were shopping or strolling along the road on this first day of summer.
I have seen these streets busier – and they will be as the tourists come to visit and schools are closed. Looking around one can feel the vibe of the city. I love, too, that public transport is available and that the city is attempting to make the streets safer for cyclists.
Whenever we are in Chinatown, we always take the time to go for a meal. Yesterday we visited the best restaurant we have been to for dumplings, The Dumpling House Restaurant. The dumplings are made in-house and are freshly made every day.
We often order our favourite: wonton soup (for my husband), vegetable stir fried noodles (for my girls) and pan fried dumplings. The meal is delicious – especially as we do not have it too often.
While in Chinatown, we take the time to stop by the supermarket to get some Chinese vegetables and cooking essentials. The fruit and vegetables are displayed outside to attract the passing trade.
The signs showing prices are crude, penned on torn cardboard boxes or red card.
The following sign was put up after people began bringing their own shopping bags to stores. As expected, the sign is also written in the language used by many of the clientèle.
The fruit always looks good and the scents encourage one to pick some up to take home.
We enjoyed our day out together as a family. The best part about it was that we found shoes for my daughter – and a little clutch purse that would go perfectly with her outfit.
All items are now ready for the big day. Later on this afternoon, she will be all dressed up and ready to celebrate.
Do you enjoy shopping in Chinatown?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post was inspired by Restless Jo’s Monday Walk)