Go TO! Things to do in Koreatown, Toronto when you’ve got a set budget.
Finding quality shindigs in Toronto need not be an expensive endeavour. There is a plethora of fun to be had for under $50 that will leave you date with no option but to pony up for that goodnight kiss. The delightful Toronto neighbourhood that is Koreatown has something for everyone.
Dinner and a movie for under $50? Sounds too good to be true! Well, it’s possible if you venture down to Koreatown. This stretch of Bloor near Bathurst is packed with delightful Korean, Japanese and Thai eateries that serve great meals for under $15. Look out for the ‘meal for two’ specials that can get you great grub at discount prices. Bloor Cinema is a gem of a place. Stepping onto the flowered ‘vintage’ carpet is like stepping back to the ’70′s. Ticket prices are as low as $6 for members and $11 for non-members. Check the schedule for golden oldies, art-house movies, zombie fests and new releases. Cosy up on one of the end-aisle double seats for a particularly fun-filled viewing (cuddling; chicks dig it!)
If movies aren’t your cup of tea, then pop over to Snakes and Lattes. Here you can enjoy a tasty beverage while selecting one of the myriad board games to enjoy with your date. If you think board games are more like bored games, then consider getting your drink on at one of the local cheap eateries and karaoke venues. You can grab a quick meal before hitting the rice wine and serenading your date with a Dolly Parton number. There are quite a few options here, but I recommend BMB Karaoke or XO Karaoke, both on Bloor, where you can karaoke in your own private party room.
For the more genteel among us, a nice relaxing trip to the spa might be just the thing to put your date at ease. There are tons of small Korean beauty parlours in the area that offer great deals on manicures, pedicures and massages. You and your date can both enjoy a spa treatment for under $50 if you shop around. Just be sure your ‘winter feet’ aren’t too foul before whipping off your boots in front of your unsuspecting amour.
Whatever you taste in food or fun, Koreatown has something for you that won’t break the bank. Only a one minute walk from the Bathurst subway station, all the activities Koreatown has to offer are accessible and closely packed together so you can flit from one to the other like the social butterfly you are.
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