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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
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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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The square footage is not very large. Try one of their pedestrian free Sundays, or their winter solstice parade. Expect: little stores, ethnic ( chinese, latin, portuguese... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Luka V
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The square footage is not very large. Try one of their pedestrian free Sundays, or their winter solstice parade. Expect: little stores, ethnic ( chinese, latin, portuguese) eateries, used clothing stores( pretty good though), a few old time shops ( bakeries, fisheries, spices, fruits). * If you are not used to big cities, or come from a very violent big... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

View at least once. Don't listen to negative reviews and allow it to deter you. I saw marijuana smoke shops selling bongs, thrift shops, grocery markets, coffee shops, ice cream shops with creative varieties, upscale as well as casual places to eat. I am from NYC and this reminds me of St. Mark's place which is trendy while grungy and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I guess it depends what your expectations are but having read the reviews on trip advisor I was expecting a quirky and quaint market with lots of good coffee shops. It is a a hippy area, near china town, an interesting area to see but there's not much here. I didn't think it was a typical market, more lots of... More 

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Sackville, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I cannot believe that people rave about this area of Toronto. My friend and I visited here on our way to the Toronto Western Hospital for my appointment. We walked around the entire neighborhood and were extremely disappointed with what we experienced. It is filthy. There is garbage street strueen everywhere. The shops are sketchy and so are the coffee... More 

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Kensington Market area in Toronto is a great place to go for fresh vegetables, dairy, meat and just about any ethnic goody you can think of. It is an open air market not like the much busier St Lawrence Market but has equally as good fresh product. The area spans a number of blocks in either direction and is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting little corner with its own flavour in Toronto. Took some friends from HK and they thoroughly enjoyed the sites and sounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Kensington Market is one of the most iconic neighborhoods in Toronto. Lots of restaurants, bars, shops, cafes, and a things to do in the area. Great way to spend the day, try food from different areas of the world and walk an area known by its multicultural identity.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From very good good cheese shops to fresh vegetables. This area of Toronto is in near Chinatown. Here you will find Wanda's Pie in the sky ( try their peanut butter pie). Great Spanish cuisine and quaint spots for coffee.. Look for the car that is a garden. It is a little hipster, but once you get over that, it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Right next to china town so why not combine a visit to both lots of unusual shops more independent than the high street regulars, good for unusual souvenirs to take back home

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Toledo, Ohio, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really neat place to hang out. You can find all kinds of food and hip clothes here. Next to Chinatown. Has an eclectic vibe.

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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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