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Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue

Address: Bounded by Dundas St., Spadina Ave., Baldwin St., and Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
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$32*
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Toronto City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Neighborhoods, Flea/ Street Markets, Other, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Owner description: Kensington Market is just to the west of Chinatown and is the...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Flea/ Street Markets, Other, Shopping & Fashion
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 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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This is my favorite place to spend an afternoon in Toronto. So many cool little shops and great places to eat. Always something different. None of the big chain stores.

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Uxbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

If you are looking for something different in Toronto then you will love Kensington Market. This neighbourhood really emphasizes the diversity of Toronto. Predominantly Jewish in the 1930's and 1940's, Kensington Market has grown to become a vibrant, eclectic and diverse neighbourhood with a residential and commercial mix featuring nationalities from all over the world. The diversity provides the perfect... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The Kensington Market is steeped in Toronto history. Waves of immigrants have left their mark on the area. If you are looking for authentic then come here. This isn't a polished or high end market. It is funky and fun. It is a great place to get fruits, vegetables and meat. Be prepared to take your time as many shops... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I loved this market! So authentic, great range of fruit, veges, cheese and bread and a great vibe to the area! Definitely recommend to visit (and don't eat beforehand!! )

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Its unlike anything that you will generally seen. Its colorful, vibrant and completely carrying a different vibe altogether. The place is best to hunt for creative and innovative souvenirs, restaurants and bars. The character and ambiance of the place is different and the best time would be a weekend. The products available here are pretty quirky yet interesting. Its more... More 

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Kensington Market (open all day, every day) is one of Toronto’s oldest and most multicultural neighbourhoods, as well as a National Historic Site of Canada. As colourful in real life as its history, Kensington Market is filled with quirky little shops and eateries. Everything from thrift shops to kitchen specialty shops, independent coffee shops to a pie specialty bakery. My... More 

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Walked around the market, bought some fun and cheap products, had a bit there but couldn't find a nice cosy bar. Fund during the day if you don't have anything better to do! Cheers,

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Kensington is a great neighbourhood to explore for some fast eats. I went in August which is a nice time to visit. I visit Global Cheese which has great variety and good prices. they will give you samples before you buy. Very reasonable fruit and vegetable markets. Porugese bakeries, restaurants and small discount shops. It's a good place to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

It was great to be there at weekend. So many interesting people. So nice climate of that place. Good food. People selling strange things, used clothes, shoes. Coffee shops. Bakery. Really OFF-place :) I recommend this as MUST TO BE - but remember, at weekend!!

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

As most people said you will find a very interesting mix of shops and since we were visiting in early December we thought there would also be some emphasis on Christmas arts and crafts. We were sadden by the cramped dollorama feel of some of the stores and decrepit state of side alleys. The interesting decor and good good coffee... More 

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