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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 #33 of 318 Attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Kensington Market is a great little neighbourhood of restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries and used clothing stores. The best part is the people watching. From May to October the pedestrian Sundays are my favourite summer outing! And now Bunners gluten free is there right in the middle! Perfect!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Spent some time here, due to issues finding parking, and wouldn't recommend it unless you've already seen and done everything else you could want to. There's just not that much to it - some interesting cafes, less interesting shops, several film crews (on the day we were there anyway). There's just not much to it.

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Rochester, New York
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400 attraction reviews
392 helpful votes 392 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Ouch - this entire area just did not make it. To say that it was the "poor cousin" to the other markets around Toronto would not be doing those other areas justice. We strolled through the entire Kensington Market area and kept waiting for it to get better. It didn't. The streets were colorful, but had nothing of real interest... More

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Manchester, Connecticut
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This open street market is very cool. Its great to walk around and look at vintage clothes and eccentric wares. Also, there is amazing food and music, a nice day out.

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Calgary, Canada
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177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This trendy neighbourhood is a great place to browse vintage fashion, eat some unique bites, and take photos of colourful buildings and avenues. Plan to spend at least two hours here. You can visit Chinatown and Kensington one after the other--if you are interested in both, plan it as a single outing. Vegetarians will find lots to eat around here,... More

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JC,NJ
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

We had a great time in this area, sampling the food, peeking into the various shops and mixing with the locals. This was our favorite area of Toronto

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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90 reviews 90 reviews
36 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

not so big, only a few blocks long, but a lovely street filled with cool shops, nice cafes and people much hipper than me. we walked up and down the street and really enjoyed ourselves

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

You definitely need to visit Kensington Market Before you leave Downtown Toronto close to china town you can find many cheap items at kensington vintage clothes, shops etc

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Timmins, Canada
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17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

This is an amazing neighbourhood with so much to see. There are vintage clothing and furniture stores, and amazing restaurants, bakeries and snack stops. I highly recommend taking a walk in this historical and radical place- it's not boring and won't take long for you to walk around if you don't love it. All I can say is this is... More

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Fredericton, Canada
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We went to Kensington Market with a friend while we were visiting Toronto. There were a few cute little shops but some of the people who were in the streets were a little distracting. This isn't really a place for kids. We enjoyed great grilled cheese at a small cafe that was a must for sure!

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