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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 #35 of 313 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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Fredericton, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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Hod Hasharon
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228 reviews 228 reviews
60 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We were visiting family not far and they suggested we go to the market. Good suggestion!! The market has something for everyone - Great eateries of all types and cultures, nice art galleries, quirky stores, good fresh food, VERY good ice cream!! Everyone is nice, friendly and welcoming. The passers by are fascinating to watch. Stroll around or sit at... More

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Ontario
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

What a place! FIlled with such a variety of things. Find something unexpected everywhere you look. Great place to meander and stroll and browse.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

It is very peculiar that this is just an area of maybe 2-3 blocks where you'll see small shops in front of houses, bars and restaurants, and everything on a hippie-style and relax mood. All kinds of food available, souvenir shops and more. 2 hours will be enough with time to eat included. Be aware that during winter, not all... More

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Windsor, Canada
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108 reviews 108 reviews
27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This part of Toronto is amazing. Go on empty stomach since there are many places to eat. There are great butcher shops fish markets ftesh produce as well as a fantastic cheese shop. You can spend the day there

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We went to Kensington because I really wanted to see the Al Waxman stature (King of Kensington!!). We were running out of time but had driven through on a day trip and then after seeing the sights, decided we had to go! So glad we did! Very eclectic, got some funky iron on t-shirts made for the teens and loved... More

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North Bay, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Culture, meets culture, crossed with culture. Food, music, art, artists...there is nothing more to say.

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ottawa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

So much to see here! Something for everyone! Great food & atmosphere. Music on every corner, art in every crevice. The mix of people is amazing, you could just sit & watch all day. Quaint little shops with handmade items and unique restaurants. (bathrooms in park are scary, just buy a drink & use the cafe ones)

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Wales
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

It's a nice walk through China Town on Spadina then into the Kensington area. It's really quirky. Lots of market shops and restaurants. We stopped in the gourmet popcorn shop and grabbed some savoury popcorn which was amazing and very resonable. Then had some lunch and an ice cream.

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Cabarete, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My "must" everytime I'm in Canada. Cool people, life, is all great. Augusta St. posses my most interesting places to visit. About food (The Market, Pizzeria Via Mercanti). There are several types of shops, so is a nice escape from the busy GTA (Greater Toronto) and why not.. pop a chair and seat in Kensington for a beer @ Handle... More

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