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Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue

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Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
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Address: Bounded by Dundas St., Spadina Ave., Baldwin St., and Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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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this place is like a step back to 1960s70s. It's so cool. It's very bohemian and slightly tawdry but Ina. Good way. Market shops. Consignment clothes. Hippies. Hipsters. Funky... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Timmins, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

This is one of our favourite spots to go for amazing food and really cool vintage finds. There is a parking garage so you don't have to drive down the narrow streets looking for parking. Highly recommend this area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW via mobile

this place is like a step back to 1960s70s. It's so cool. It's very bohemian and slightly tawdry but Ina. Good way. Market shops. Consignment clothes. Hippies. Hipsters. Funky people. Very cool. The streets are kind of narrow and the places look sort of run down but that makes it unique In a City that's so shiny everywhere else downtown.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This area is sooooo happening with all the cafe restaurant n shops along the area, graffiti in some walls which make the area very unique and has it own charms. Go there with empty stomach so you can eat til you drop and get a cuppa at jimmys coffee afterwards to digest it well

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Gyeongju, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Walked in and there was a little greek restaurant in the entrance that had some great greek foods like spanikopita and greek chicken skewers.. all home-made.. had lunch there before going inside the market.. was a great choice of olives and cheese, fruits and vegetables.. Meats from all over and got some maple butter that was a little jar of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

If you are tired of commercialism and same old, same old and you love anything funky then you must visit Kensington. The neighborhood is full of brightly painted businesses and graffiti. Don't be fooled by all this 60's Hippy type outdoor decor which is truly a huge part of what makes it so fantastic......Kensington has some terrific shops which range... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Was looking forward to coming here. Very disappointed. A few street with poor shops and stalls. Not much to see at all. Expected to see plenty of street art, very few and far between. Even the art I did see was nothing special. Save your time, go somewhere else.

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West Milton, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Not what we expected - this is a neighborhood of hippy-shops; all outdoors and while may be worth a stroll when it's warm was not worth the price of parking in March (though the parking lot smelled of patchouli which was pretty cool).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I was so happy luving thete with mi husband Roberto Rivad and mi children Boby, Gina e Israel. Is a good place to enjoy the family

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Kensington has a history of at least a century in Toronto. In the early 20th Century it was the home of poor Jewish immigrants and since then successive waves of immigrants, artists and musicians have taken it over. The result is a great hodge-podge of food shops and little boutiques and cafes. These days there are a lot of hispanic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We visited the market today and there was no disappointment. We loved the restaurants, the crowd, the art and music. It felt like we were in a small town somewhere in the Carribbeans. Even though it started raining when we got there but we still managed to have so much fun. We will definitely go there again when it gets... More 

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