Toronto Tuesday 03.02: Little India

Gerrard street India Bazaar is a nicely constructed “Indian” experience.

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↑ Banners during summer

Toronto’s Little India neighbourhood is located on Gerrard street near Coxwell avenue.

It’s a neat spectacle for folks who haven’t been to India. I’m obviously cynical: the food is mediocre, chaat is fake, the facade arrangements are tacky and majority of the places are not even run by Indians. When I went there for the first time, I was quite confused! But yeah you can buy clothes, sarees, kurtas, bangles, carpets, spices and things like that. Lot of them are good quality too.

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It’s a known fact that the only true mango in the world is the Indian “Hapus” aka Alfonso (such an arrogant thing to say, haha). Be careful when you choose – hardly any stores in this place are owned by west coast Indians and they don’t understand how to properly ascertain the quality of a mango.

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I don’t know which part of “India” has these kinds of displays of food outside the restaurant. Maybe Pakistan?

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Pretty and colourful Indian clothes.

Hint while choosing a restaurant: If you see brown people eating there, its more likely that the place has real food. If you see forks, spoons and knives on the tables, run away!

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506 Carleton Street car runs east-west while 22 Coxwell bus serves north-south.

So that concludes this trip to little India neighbourhood of Toronto.