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Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue

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Address: Bounded by Dundas St., Spadina Ave., Baldwin St., and Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Description: Kensington Market is just to the west of Chinatown and is the bohemian...
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.
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Loads of charm and character

What a great little neighborhood. Colorfully painted, vibrant, ethnic restaurants and stores/markets galore, lots of vegan bakeries and restaurants as well. Easily accessible by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Derwood, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

What a great little neighborhood. Colorfully painted, vibrant, ethnic restaurants and stores/markets galore, lots of vegan bakeries and restaurants as well. Easily accessible by tram. We had a good veggie lunch and took lots of pictures, it was HOT so probably spent less time there than we otherwise would have. Well worth a visit.

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De Meern
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Great area for the other Toronto. Great shops and bars, weird and wonderful people, quirky stuff and live music. Try to go there on a pedestrian Sunday for an even more relaxed experience. And bring your camera!

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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I drove through this place as the driver told us how cool it was. First impressions were that it looked run down and a place you wouldn't want to visit by yourself. However I went one day to explore and so glad I did, the locals are friendly, I had the best coffee and good that I've had in a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

The last Sunday of every month Torontos historic Kensington market becomes a festival Music Food People people people It's all free

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nanaimo bc
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Delightful variety of produce, ethnic spices and restaurants. Great lil Mexican spot and Italian bakery too Check out the local artists on the block and alleys. Some fantastic graffiti artists adorn the walls

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I actually love the Kensington area. It's vibrant, young, messy in a good way. It's where all the cool kids hang out. Worth a visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Love Kensington Market, enjoy the Saturday or Sunday stroll and the various funky shops here. Grab some simple food or sit at a restaurant and just watch the people around you.

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Playa del Carmen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Some tourists might not "get" this neighbourhood as I'm seeing by previous reviews. As a local, I love it and really appreciate this neighbourhood. It's a great place to spend an afternoon- especially if that afternoon happens to be on the last sunday of the month during summer when there is pedestrian sundays- which involves sales in the street, live... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

After reading some glowing reviews - with others not so enthusiastic I decided I had to see for myself. I can now understand the very mixed opinions. This is a neighborhood in transition. There is the core area which is a mixture of small stores from various ethnicities. This adds colour and atmosphere which is very different from Toronto proper,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Don't expect to see one market place as such. The Kensington Market is a collection of shops, street side stalls, restaurants, cafes, bars, and bakeries within the boundaries of Dundas, Spadina, College and Bathurst streets in downtown Toronto. Merchandises sold here include meat, seafood, fruits and vegetables, flowers, groceries, clothings and apparels (many of the vintage and second hand variety),... More 

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Chinatown
Toronto's main Chinatown has the honor of being the largest in North America. Gaping down across Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, the area is a wonderful medley of shops and restaurants, busy signs and bright red gates, a destination for foodie fun. Chinatown's streets are always bustling, packed with people and outdoor stalls hawking fresh produce and products. The restaurants and authentic marketplaces that shoulder in against each other display shining roast ducks and menus studded with dumplings and noodle bowls. The air is pervaded with music. different languages, and the smell of fried food and mouth-watering desserts. Chinatown's restaurants represent a broad range of fare, from traditional Szechuan and Shanghai foods, to other Asian delicacies, including some of the top Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean spots in the city. Whether you're in the mood for a sit-down tea house or a bubble tea to go, Chinatown is the spot to enjoy an exciting walk and the promise of leaving satisfied.
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