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Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue

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Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
Neighborhoods, Flea & street markets, Shopping & Fashion, Other
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Address: Bounded by Dundas St., Spadina Ave., Baldwin St., and Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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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Great shopping and eating through the alleys and streets!

Great place for a stroll. China-Town is located there as well on Spadina Ave and there are many restaurants and other Asian cuisines for you to choose from. Many shopping... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Baltimore, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Don't go here. It is a couple of run down stores and really I have no idea why this is an attraction at all. Save yourself the pain and just stay away. There is a fruit place and a clothing place and just some random stuff. Not a place really at all.

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Great place for a stroll. China-Town is located there as well on Spadina Ave and there are many restaurants and other Asian cuisines for you to choose from. Many shopping opportunities and a vibrant atmosphere with many cultures. Great place.

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Toronto, ON, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The last time I was at Kensington Market area was 15 to 20 years ago when I was going to U of T . Things have really changed. There are a lot of vegetarian/vegan options. I'm not either so didn't really apply to me. Prices of meals were not what I expected. Overpriced food for what you get. I guess... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Spadina avenue is where Toronto China town is located, so you can just imagine the vibrant ambiance of the area. Aside from the numerous restaurants with different food offerings, here you can find locally printed cheap T-shirts ( Toronto landmarks / prints ) and other souvenir items. A good walk in this avenue going west you can find a lot... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Located in the heart of Toronto, Kensington Market is the city’s most vibrant and diverse neighbourhood. The Market provides the largest cluster of private, quality coffee shops; it is full of patios, offering a choice of atmosphere, food and beverages; and it has a thriving arts community. While the pedestrian only tag is given to the Market only on Sundays,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The is a place where anyone can go! There are food and fun shops, but it is the vibe that is the reason you go! I it is a hipster area full of artisans. It is a place to go just to relax and allow your creative juices flow, and get some yummy food!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is a spot to visit to get an authentic neighbourhood experience. There is a wide assortment of shops - food, clothing and food. Don't bother driving here. Take the subway up to St. Patrick's and walk across Dundas just past Spadina and then head north. You'll be rewarded by the teck. Give yourself a couple of hours to really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This market can be an all day shop and eat kind of day. There are so many shops to just browse and many food vendors as well. The selection of items are huge and the variety of shops is endless. The food also has a wide variety with so many cultures to choose from. Kensington Market is a must for... More 

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Toronto, ON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I remember visiting Kensington Market as a child many years ago, and while most of the merchants have changed it still has that special vibe of interesting stores and people. There is a large selection of foods from different cultures, and it is one of the most distinctive parts of Toronto, A must place to visit for Torontonians and out... More 

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Toronto
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Forget about driving to this area. Save yourself the insanity and take the metro. This place is fun in the summer but crazy cold in the winter. Lots to see and do however restaurants are dirty and disgusting.

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