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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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ORIGINALLY A JEWISH MARKET AND MULTI-CULTURAL AREA WITH LIVE CHCKENS ETC .now no live animals but still a vibrant area with some great food shops and clothing shops. fresh spices... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I was told by many people and saw online recommendations to go here. The market was small and dirty and there wasn't much to do or see. Just a few shops and restaurants. I would not go back here or recommend anyone to here, you're not missing much.

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Jakarta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I loved Kensington Market. Before I visited I was not sure about the city but this place changed my mind. It's not huge but a good place to spend a few hours exploring. Lots of cafes, shops, bakeries, vintage stores - not a Starbucks in sight. I hope it stays as it is for years to come.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Having bought the Frommers top ten things to see and do in Toronto where this area is listed we were very disappointed. You sort of expect to find a market but sadly not, it's a generic term for a group of streets on which you'll find the occasional interesting hippy dippy shop or another of the many coffee bars but... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This was once a bustling neighbourhood but I found it a little run down now. A lot of the old shopkeepers have retired and they are not being replaced with specialty shops. Still lots of restaurants and kooky shops and quite safe.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This market is so large that what I saw may not be representative of the whole. You could call it eclectic, funky, unusual or many other things, but I found it vibrant and interesting. People of all ages, but mostly young, looking for "who knows what", having an ice cream or a taco, checking out Indian cloth or jewelry or... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Exciting to explore the asian products. Bought the lanzones and big lychees. Ate the hot sizzling fish balls and peanut pastry like palitaw and butse with coconut milk mixed with sago. Bought carp (carpa) and miso for sinigang with miso, sigarillas, lambanos.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Some say eclectic while others say hippie like but I say weird and funky. Used to be more of a real market area (great cheese store, fresh cut butcher shop, fresh flower shop...) but it has gone to seed and adopted the rainbow color scheme with shops/stores selling weird stuff that become dust collectors!! Area could use a clean up... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

ORIGINALLY A JEWISH MARKET AND MULTI-CULTURAL AREA WITH LIVE CHCKENS ETC .now no live animals but still a vibrant area with some great food shops and clothing shops. fresh spices etc great cheese shop, butchers and:" Toms Place" for really good top line men's clothing at excellent prices. fresh produce etc .Augusta ave Spadina. in the old "rag trade" area... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We walked here after dim sum lunch in Chinatown. Fun, funky and eclectic area. Check out the car used as a planter. Definitely worth strolling through if you are nearby.

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East Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Lots of shops, cafes, & restaurants. The perfect place to do some Christmas shopping for eclectic things. I especially liked the Blue Banana.

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

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Chinatown
Toronto's main Chinatown has the honor of being the largest in North America. Gaping down across Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, the area is a wonderful medley of shops and restaurants, busy signs and bright red gates, a destination for foodie fun. Chinatown's streets are always bustling, packed with people and outdoor stalls hawking fresh produce and products. The restaurants and authentic marketplaces that shoulder in against each other display shining roast ducks and menus studded with dumplings and noodle bowls. The air is pervaded with music. different languages, and the smell of fried food and mouth-watering desserts. Chinatown's restaurants represent a broad range of fare, from traditional Szechuan and Shanghai foods, to other Asian delicacies, including some of the top Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean spots in the city. Whether you're in the mood for a sit-down tea house or a bubble tea to go, Chinatown is the spot to enjoy an exciting walk and the promise of leaving satisfied.
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