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Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue

Bounded by Dundas St., Spadina Ave., Baldwin St., and Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
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As featured in 3 days in Toronto
Ranked #32 of 296 attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Neighborhoods
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Kensington Market is just to the west of Chinatown and is the bohemian heart of Canada, based in a multicultural history it is now a flurry of... more » Owner description: Kensington Market is just to the west of Chinatown and is the bohemian heart of Canada, based in a multicultural history it is now a flurry of independent stores, restaurants, bars and shops that bring the world's foods to one tightly knit community. You can find any food on the planet in Kensington Market. It is not an uncommon thing to find a festival in Kensington Market making the bohemian party atmosphere complete. Tip for Kensington, take the transit. Streets are packed and traffic is insane, parking is non-existent. « less
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Sarnia, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

A nice place for a walk, unique from my list of experiences for sure. A fairly wide variety of shops to choose from, many places to choose from to eat at. Some prices are relatively high, but as with most things in downtown Toronto and in particular touristy areas, that is to be expected! Shares one side with China Town... More

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Alden, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

What an eclectic place to go. Shops upon shops. Very vintage 1960's. This is a definite go-to anytime I'm in Toronto.

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Toronto
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Love coming to Kensington! Funny little stores, great groceries and cheese boutiques and definitely some unusual people. Fun for people watching. Always check out tom's place for some great men's clothes as well.

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Sherwood Park
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62 reviews 62 reviews
42 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Kensington Market is a fun little area crammed with uniquely decorated houses-cum-shops selling all sorts of trendy wares, scents, foodstuffs and above all else coffee shops. that may sound like a good thing, and in one sense it is, but it does point to an area with a keen eye on the tourist market, and a lost opportunity to make... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Being a student in Canada does have its perks as you get to see a different side of life - very different from India. I had an amazing time browsing through Kensington and I'd love to visit it again and just relive every moment. I visited a while ago - 2008 to be honest.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

A lot of nice coffee shops, spice stores and pleasant people. It's nice to just walk around and enjoy

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rochester, NY
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Wow, what a disappointment. My boyfriend and I and my two teenage daughters (very thrift store/antique store loving) visited Toronto this past week and were very much looking forward to the Kensington Market, as my youngest daughter had visited in the summer and had really liked it. First, why it is called a "market", I don't really understand, as it... More

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Coram, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Interesting "market." It's more of stores lining the street. I was there during the July 1 celebrations so the street was closed to vehicles and there was some entertainment including dancing in the streets making it interesting but if not for that, it did not appear to be an overly exciting place to be nor did it seem to have... More

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Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Not just because it has a little place with all my favorite food from my dear country, but because if you look for something else, you will always find it; I love this market, full of colors, nice people, mix of cultures, etc Its a good escape from the tedious of the city, either if you are in the mood... More

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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

If you have few days in Toronto, don't waste time ate this market because St Lawrence Market is the best in town. So many colours and options to have lunch that i'm sure you'll enjoy.

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