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Chinatown is an established Ottawa Walking District neighbourhood that is home to many cultural shops, dining options, mature housing options, and plenty to do! When Chinese and Vietnamese immigration to the area soared in the 1970s due to the changing political climates in China and Vietnam, Chinatown started to become an Ottawa attraction on its own.

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However, there are now many shops and restaurants of varying nationalities which are open in Chinatown, including Filipino, East and West Indian, Canadian, Japanese, and Thai. Chinatown has a small-town, friendly feel which is sure to appeal to all who visit!

Transportation in Chinatown

Chinatown is centrally located in Ottawa, with the neighborhoods of LeBreton Flats and Little Italy on its borders. It is walking distance from Bronson and Preston Streets, and multiple buses run through and around the community for easy transportation to and from downtown. It is also walking distance from the Transitway and very close to the bike path system. 

Chinatown Eating and Attractions

The main thoroughfare of Chinatown is Somerset Street-- this is where most of the little shops, markets, businesses, and dining options are located.Like the other major Ottawa cultural area of Little Italy, Chinatown offers its residents and visitors a wide variety of food and dining options.

Pho, Vietnamese noodle-based soup, is seemingly sold in every other restaurant on Somerset Street, while Japanese, Korean, and of course, Chinese food places entice passers-by with colourful signs and façades. There is something for everyone, whether one is in the mood for all-you-can-eat sushi or cooked-at-your-table Korean barbecue.

Chinatown also boasts multiple privately-owned grocery stores, the largest of which– the Kowloon Market, located on the corner of Arthur and Somerset– offers plenty of fresh produce in addition to imported goods. Be sure to take a look at our directory of Chinatown dining options-- it's guaranteed you'll find something appealing!

There are also schools, small bookstores, a major recreation centre, multiple religious organizations, and an active community association, all within walking distance of the main Chinatown area. Chinatown also hosts several cultural events and festivals throughout the year. This community's cultural events and ambience are not to be missed!

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The residential streets between Chinatown and LeBreton are quiet and tree-lined; removed from the hustle and bustle of Somerset Street and yet very close to the major transit thoroughfares of Albert and Booth Streets. House prices range from $319,000 to $500,000.

Ottawa Walking District - Chinatown

Other Central Walking District neighbourhoods in Ottawa include LeBreton FlatsNew EdinburghWestboro, and the Byward Market.

As you explore Ottawa's Walking Districts and have questions about local amenities or real estate, drop us a note or give us a call at 613.238.2801. We're here to help answer your questions about Ottawa & Chinatown real estate!

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Recent Neighbourhood Housing Activity

The average price for a property is around $289,000, and the vast majority of available housing in Chinatown was built before 1985. According to the 2006 census, a majority of housing units in the communities were located in apartment buildings, however the residential area between Chinatown and LeBreton also counts traditional single-family housing, rowhouses, semi-detached houses, and duplexes among its different housing types.

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