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Inside Dragon City Mall

Posted by Robyn Urback / June 18, 2011

Dragon City MallDragon City Mall is Chinatown shopping with a roof and free WiFi (don't mind the Dairy Queen/Orange Julius on the main level). It offers the same sort of bargains, unique merchandise, and incredible volume of items as sidewalk Chinatown, but here it's all encased in a glass building on the corner of Dundas and Spadina. You can count on lots of imported goods in small areas of space, and authentic Asian meals for when the shopping is done. Here are some places to check out in Dragon City Mall.

Dai Kuang Wah MarketDai Kuang Wah Market
I've never seen boxes of teas stacked so high. Literally, it's floor to ceiling at Dai Kuang Wah. Ginseng, herbs, and teas to regulate nearly every human function, including but not limited to: stress, energy, weight control, hypertension, liver detox, and smooth skin. The shop can probably accommodate five customers tops.

Owl of MinervaOwl of Minerva
This is the Chinatown location of the famed Korean restaurant with the curious poster of a woman in a graduation cap. On the second floor of Dragon City, the Owl has a fairly large dining room in which to enjoy its pork bone soup to the delicate soundtrack of Korean pop TV. The staff is super friendly, and each meal comes with a complementary yogurt drink.

Dragon CDsDragon CD store
Though Dragon doesn't carry any English CDs or DVDs (made clear by the "No English" sign displayed on the front rack), it's interesting to peruse the racks of movies from Japan, the Philippines, and more, and see if you can find the Asian equivalent of Kate Hudson. You can also find anime flicks for $2 each. Don't wander into the backroom unprepared, however; it's all porn, and I found out the hard way.

Chin SakChin Sak
Chin Sak has to be some sort of Hello Kitty superstore. Though, now that I think about it, I have seen stores solely dedicated to Hello Kitty. In that case, consider Chin Sak a superstore for sparkly Hello Kitty merchandise. Earrings, rings, key chains, necklaces, barrettes, headbands and more, decorated with that impervious white feline, and all glistening in the harsh flouresent light.

Sugar MarmaladeSugar Marmalade
Sugar Marmalade is a drink and dessert café in Dragon City, with a menu of puddings, jellies, slushes and teas. Along with traditional items such as sweet almond soup, soya bean jelly, and mango custard sweet dumplings, Sugar Marmalade offers a surprising array of toasts, including roasted cheese and garlic toast and roasted bacon and salmon toast.

janets collectionJanet's Collection
Janet's Collection is the source for miscellany at Dragon City. There's a wall of clocks, tables of shoes (mostly women's strappy sandals), another table of watches, and linens, drapery, and bedding by the back. In the market for some Thinsulate gloves? They're here, for $12. Lacy panties? $5. Men's boxer shorts? $5. A wallet in one of countless colours and styles? Look under the glass. Indecisive minds beware.

timhou TorontoTimhou Inc.
Timhou Inc. is one of the newer businesses in Dragon City, offering a small collection of trendy women's fashions. The problem is, of course, that everything here seems to come in "extremely petite," so while the little cropped blazers and frilly daytime dresses look cute on the hanger, that's where they might stay for many people who drop by. Dresses are generally $20 to $40, and some skirts and shirts come two for $15.

Photos by Jesse Milns



Dick Long / June 18, 2011 at 01:02 pm
jeneciro replying to a comment from Dick Long / June 18, 2011 at 01:15 pm
yay! pixilated crotches and 2 feet of pubic hair for every inch of penis! anywhere i can get a pair of used school girl panties to complete the trifecta?
Anthony Weiner replying to a comment from jeneciro / June 18, 2011 at 05:33 pm
What is your fucking problem?
noreenonaut / June 19, 2011 at 12:52 am
Also, the curried fishballs from the stand at the entrance! (Or is that in the entrance to the other glass mall that looks exactly like Dragon City and is right next to it?) They're like $2 and look pretty gross, both marks of a delicious fishball.
aniki / June 19, 2011 at 09:04 am
Japanese gay porn is the best.. try it and you will love it
violet / June 19, 2011 at 07:59 pm
Chin Sak sells mostly crystals and crystal accessories, and by the looks of it chinese new year stuff. Did you even go into this store?
Dan / June 19, 2011 at 08:06 pm
You forgot about the great fish pet store in the basement!

Lots of aquariums with betta fish, and other exotics.
Patrick / June 20, 2011 at 07:22 am
Wasn't this place closed several years ago for health violations including infestations, rodents, and unsanitary conditions? I hope someone is policing our little Asian friends. Dirty buggers.
LJ / June 20, 2011 at 03:35 pm
swearing isn't necessary, show some class please
mary-jane / July 25, 2012 at 08:36 am
looking for receiving blankets for babies neutral colours either plain white or lime green.196 units
joe / November 27, 2013 at 04:26 pm
Need update. Few of the stores in there been changed, for better or worst depends on individual.
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