Where can I find ethno-cultural foods?

You can find ethno-cultural foods in certain neighbourhoods, grocery stores and farms across Ontario. It is often easier to find these foods in big cities than in small towns.

Ethnic Neighbourhoods

Most cities have ethnic neighbourhoods, or areas where large numbers of people from specific cultures or ethnicities live. You are most likely to find ethno-cultural foods and groceries in these areas. A few examples of these neighbourhoods include:

  • Chinatown (Ottawa) - This historic part of Ottawa has Chinese restaurants and small ethnic grocery stores.

  • Little Finland (Thunder Bay) - Little FInland in Thunder Bay has Finnish cafes, food and saunas.

  • Corso Italia (Toronto) - This area in midtown Toronto has many Italian shops, bakeries, restaurants and butcher shops.

  • Koreatown (Toronto) -  Located in both downtown and north Toronto, Koreatown has many Korean grocery stores, restaurants and bakeries.

  • India Bazaar (Toronto) - This part of downtown Toronto has many South Asian restaurants, specialty food stores, and ethnic grocers.

Ethnic Grocery Stores

In addition to smaller grocers, there are a few very large ethno-cultural grocery stores in Ontario. Some examples include Adonis (Middle Eastern), T&T (Asian), PAT (Korean), Nations (Asian) and Denningers (European).

A few smaller ethno-cultural grocery stores include Khorak Supermarket (Iranian) and New CIty Supermarket (Vietnamese/Asian).

You may also be able to find ethno-cultural foods at regular grocery stores. They sometimes have “ethnic foods” aisles. The type of food available in these aisles often reflects the ethnic communities that live and shop in that neighbourhood.

Farms & Farmers’ Markets

If you live in or around the Greater Toronto Area, there are a number of farms and farmers’ markets in this area that grow and sell ethno-cultural produce. Find specific kinds of locally-grown ethnic food near you.

Last updated: December 1, 2016 4001288