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Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue

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Address: Bounded by Dundas St., Spadina Ave., Baldwin St., and Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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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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Interesting area full of little restaurants and shops. In weekends is fully packed with locals and tourists. It worth the visit

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Before our Tour Guys walking tour of Harbor Tour (see review on this as well), we explored Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue. It was best to see via foot, even though we have a rental car, because we could stop, explore, and see the shops/art/stores and mingle with all sorts of people. Expect to walk and see quite a bit.

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Balikesir, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I visited Kensington Market several times and probably walked into every store. Definitely my favorite neighborhood in Toronto.

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Rochester, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Lots of walking. Great food. Excellent shopping. Overall, a MUST visit if you're in Toronto. Whenever we go up we try to get up there at least once.

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Santiago do Cacem, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Interesting area full of little restaurants and shops. In weekends is fully packed with locals and tourists. It worth the visit

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Ulan-Ude, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Interesting mix of different styles, people and cuisines. You can probably find some vintage "pearls" from last century and get it cheap as dirt.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is an iconic scene that has lost some of its lustre over the years, but some of the nostalgia remains.

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Oshawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We were here yesterday, although I've been many times, I just love the atmosphere! The colours, exceptional produce, quaint little restaurants, lots of fun, and action going on. This is a place everyone must see at least once, plus the shopping is out of this world. I purchased 3 dresses for only $12 a piece, can't beat that right?

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Nottingham Road, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Not a market as such but a collection of quaint & quirky shops. It was a hideous weather when we visited so not able to absorb the atmosphere but well worth a visit if you have time to linger

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Fun area to walk around in with many shops, restaurants, pubs, and specialty foods like fries, cupcakes, etc. There were also at least a dozen vegan and organic food shoppes. Nice to see. There were lots of interesting characters walking around, but at the same time seemed safe and accessible. Give yourself a couple of hours to explore. Very enjoyable... More 

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Falls Church, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Eclectic neighborhood, vibrant people, interesting shops and a funky atmosphere make this a memorable part of town. Absolutely wonderful street scene as we walked past old Victorian homes, many of which had been converted to stores. Some cool coffee shops, small restaurants, bars and markets. This is just a fun place to walk around and see ordinary people enjoying what... More 

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Address: Address: Bounded by Dundas St., Spadina Ave., Baldwin St., and Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown Toronto

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