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Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue

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Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
Flea & street markets, Neighborhoods, Shopping & Fashion, Other
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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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Wander the world (in a few blocks)

All sorts of ethnic everything... chinese, portugeuse, vietnamese, italian. It quite a fusion of fun with stores, restaurants and some great people watching.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

All sorts of ethnic everything... chinese, portugeuse, vietnamese, italian. It quite a fusion of fun with stores, restaurants and some great people watching.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Back in the late 60's and early 70's you could still buy live chickens at the market stalls. The sights and sounds took you back to earlier times. These days, a lot of the old vendors are gone but in their place are vintage clothing stores and many small but tasty places to eat a variety of fresh and interesting... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

It's fun but somehow I still feel more comfortable buying food at the St Lawrence Market. It's worth the experience

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Kesington is a typical place to walk and find some stores of Fish, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, bakeries, etc. If you want to eat something you can go to the Mexican restaurant Pancho and Villa, Portuguese Restaurant, or some vegetarian restaurant. You can find clothe stores too. The parking is not expensive.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

For a real, friendly and interesting place to be, this can't be missed. Take some time to meander the streets and in the shops, make friends and enjoy delicious meals.

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

am ambivalent. My spouse liked, me not so much. Many marginal individuals live there. The buildings of the district are fairly colored. Some shops. Is it that is worth seeing? That depends on tastes..

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The food was amazing and everything was fresh and tasty. Would def return to Toronto to try this market again. I cannot wait. I'm a foodie and this place is still engrained in my memory until next visit!

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Kimberley, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

In January we spent an afternoon walking around Kensington market. What a treat! The people, the shops, the conversation with locals and the diversity of culture was amazing. Growing up in Toronto I remember KM from a different lens. On our stroll, I felt nostalgic walking through the area. I would definitely recommend anyone visiting or living in TO to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This a good place to walk around. Highly recommend spending a couple of hours walking around especially in the summer. No matter how many times you have been, you will discover something new each time. There are a variety of unique stores. The blue banana is a popular store there. It has things that can't be found elsewhere and you... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This is my favorite place to spend an afternoon in Toronto. So many cool little shops and great places to eat. Always something different. None of the big chain stores.

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