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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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Ranked #34 of 327 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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Bowmanville, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

If you love Latin Food like I do it is often hard to find things to cook in the major shopping stores. In the Kensington Market there are several stores that offer reasonably priced products from all over Latin America. If you are going to a Leaf or Raptor Game at the ACC or a Blue Jays Game at the... More

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Toronto
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70 reviews 70 reviews
43 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This area is pretty good in general but I wouldn't say spectacular in any way. I mean the graffiti you can find here painted along the sides of many buildings is in deed the best part of this place and are beyond excellent. The market has it's own unique character which stands out from the rest of Toronto. There is... More

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San Luis Obispo, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Diverse cultural area with lots of restaurants and shops. Also saw Little Italy nearby, and ended up in Chinatown to eat.

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Beijing
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Great fun-lots of shops,bars,food places,wall painting,colours,people and languages from all over!Definitely worth a visit.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The 8-10 blocks of shops, bakeries, cafés and clothing boutiques provided plenty of interesting people-watching and eating options appropriate for foodies. For lunch we ate at the tiny counter within a butcher shop, where our burgers and ribs were cooked and assembled like works of art right in front of our eyes. For dessert, the pie café down the street... More

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crail
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

What a great place to visit, the diversity of this place is amazing. Shop's, cafe's, bakeries of every nationality a hoch poch of colour's and smells. The artwork is brilliant, a car with a garden growing out of it, artwork on the sides of houses and walls, my camera did overtime. I just wanted to keep walking round and round... More

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Busto Arsizio, Italy
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This corner shop has the best coffee and the best Italian ice cream in town. You ought to go there If nothing else, for that. We went to buy some fresh cinese fruit and spotted that little Italian cafe. The Kensington market makes me think of Jamaica. Not Toronto. With it's colored and painted houses, with graffiti everywhere, it's not... More

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Windsor, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This area is highly recommended by the locals. A bunch of fun, funky shops, restaurants, bakeries, and produce stands. Take your time and enjoy the scenery, even the houses have shops in them or some fun artwork.

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Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Was here this summer great place and plenty of shopping . Visited this place while in Toronto was worth a visit

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Being in this market took away that overwhelming feeling that downtown Toronto can do to a person. So many different shops. Fruit and vegatble markets, army surplus, vintage clothing stores, comic book stores, restaurants, bars and so much more. It has a little something for everyone. If you are looking for some relaxing shopping, this is the place to go.

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