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Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue

Address: Bounded by Dundas St., Spadina Ave., Baldwin St., and Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
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Ranked #28 of 250 Attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Neighborhoods, Flea/ Street Markets, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Owner description: Kensington Market is just to the west of Chinatown and is the...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Flea/ Street Markets, Cultural
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 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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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Kensington is a great neighbourhood to explore for some fast eats. I went in August which is a nice time to visit. I visit Global Cheese which has great variety and good prices. they will give you samples before you buy. Very reasonable fruit and vegetable markets. Porugese bakeries, restaurants and small discount shops. It's a good place to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

It was great to be there at weekend. So many interesting people. So nice climate of that place. Good food. People selling strange things, used clothes, shoes. Coffee shops. Bakery. Really OFF-place :) I recommend this as MUST TO BE - but remember, at weekend!!

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

As most people said you will find a very interesting mix of shops and since we were visiting in early December we thought there would also be some emphasis on Christmas arts and crafts. We were sadden by the cramped dollorama feel of some of the stores and decrepit state of side alleys. The interesting decor and good good coffee... More 

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Andalusia, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I absolutely adore this eclectic little neighborhood! I went exploring one day while I was visiting friends in Toronto, and stumbled upon this little gem. It is like a hippie haven with lots of little unique shops and cafes on every corner. So cool!

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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Spent a good part of a day exploring the Kensingston Market area and enjoyed it greatly. Lots of uniques shopping for one and all. Interesting coffee shops, jewellery shops, and knick-knacks shopping also. I think if you can't find it here you won't find it anywhere else. China town is close by also so interesting also. Being GF we came... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

..just to check it out! There's so much different stuff over there. Great place for a beer, or walking around just to check out the area. I'll guarantee you'll meet some awesome people you can share a beer with, or just check out the area together! Really hip and beautiful part of the city. We had a really good time... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This was my favorite part of Toronto! Being from Detroit all the graffiti and colorful vendors really made me feel at home :) haha. But really, it is a great little quirky neighborhood with AWESOME cafes and restaurants, and the shopping is truly unique! I mean one store was so full of random knick-knacks and odds and ends all stacked... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This eclectic place is good for errands good for touring and has great prices. The health food stores are beautifully priced, cheapest in the city! There is a Butcher shop with free run meats such good quality and taste priced ok too. The cheese shops are to die for!! Moon beam is the place to grab your coffee. The smell... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you're looking for a very interesting spot to walk around and really feel the vibe of the city, then Kensington Market is a must. The area is just bursting with so much character, you can't help but feel it. The overall vibe is bohemian, but there are so many elements that contribute to the neighbourhood that you can find... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Kensington Market is one of the best areas to visit in Toronto. Here you find not only fruit and veggie stores, butchers, spice houses but army surplus clothing and around the corner on Spadina, TAP PHONG possibly the best kitchen and dining supply store in the city.

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