One Day In…


Actually, it was just a few hours but you get the picture.

Every time I’ve sat on a Megabus driving through Chinatown, I notice a small coffee shop hidden in a shaded corner of the neighborhood. I’ve been reminding myself that I have to find this coffee shop and Chinatown’s other hidden gems. This morning, I picked up my camera and walked out the door without an idea of where to begin my day in Chinatown. That’s ok though – it’s called an adventure for a reason.

I immediately found myself immersed into the culture that Chinatown has to offer. Whether it’s the ornate Friendship Arch, delicious restaurants and bakeries, or fun shops, there is always something new to discover. But I was left disheartened.

It’s a bummer that Chinatown is taken over by franchises. I was hoping to find shops and restaurants that were Chinatown’s own and while there are a few, there was also the occasional Starbucks Coffee and Urban Outfitters with their Chinese name inscribed next to it.

It’s honestly sad to hear how much Chinatown has decreased in size through the years. From what I learned through conversations with Chinatown patrons, it once was a far more lively neighborhood. But because business is always evolving and families decided to move to the suburbs, Chinatown changed.

Nope, I never found the coffee shop but that gives me more incentive to return to experience more restaurants, shops and karaoke bars.

What is something you’ve discovered in your local community?



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