During a conversation regarding arts, food and culture around Toronto, the name “Scarborough” might not pop up quite as fast as its residents would like. Regardless, that doesn’t take away from the fact that it is teeming with popular destinations such as the Toronto Zoo, Rouge Park and the Scarborough Bluffs. Outside of the places garnering a copious amount of footfall, there also exist quite a few hidden gems when it comes to food, shopping or even just hanging out and grabbing a coffee.
Scarborough, which was named after a town in North Yorkshire, is bordered by Victoria Park Avenue to the west, Steeles to the north, the city of Pickering to the east and Lake Ontario to the south. Being home to some of Toronto’s last farms, the city is greener than any other part of Toronto.
Since the end of the Second World War, Scarborough has been a popular destination for new immigrants in Canada, making it one of the most diverse and multicultural areas in the Greater Toronto Area. The most commonly found ethnic groups include Caribbean, Indian, Sri Lankan, Chinese and African. This kind of diversity lends itself to the type of food, shopping experiences and hangout spots that the city has to offer.
It’s a city built on diversity, vibrancy, acceptance and a shared sense of community. People flock east to get authentic foods from across the world and get in touch with nature in a way that downtown Toronto cannot offer.