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Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue

Bounded by Dundas St., Spadina Ave., Baldwin St., and Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
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As featured in 3 days in Toronto
Ranked #37 of 310 attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Neighborhoods
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... more » 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. « less
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Dallas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Found the market to be dirty and congested. Saw a number of homeless panhandlers. Shops were dirty and not so pleasant to be in. The only bright spot was Burgernation and the gelato place across the street.

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Barrie, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Kensington Market has always been one of my favourite places to wander. Lots to see and do. There are all kinds of interesting clothing shops where you can find a one of a kind piece. There are lots of places to eat and the variety of food is excellent.

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Mississauga, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I love Kensington market in downtown Toronto. It is best to come here early in the day , wear comfortable shoes and set to walk around and explore. This place is something that I have not seen before anywhere in Ontario for that matter. It has items, foods, souvenirs and clothes that you will not find anywhere else, trust me... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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35 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

You see one, you've seen them all. Nothing out of character with any other revitalized district. Vintage clothing shops abound, along with oddly named restaurants and graffiti art. It's cool, but only go if you want to shop for eclectic outfits like everyone else is wearing.

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Prescott, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We expected something different. Businesses which were opened included food markets, second-hand stores, and eateries. We had expected local art and crafts. So it was an interesting walk on a beautiful day in Toronto. But we could have skipped this area of town.

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Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Toronto, I found, is probably one of those cities that is a very civilized, pleasant, easy place to live. But that sometimes means there is not a lot to do for tourists (other than live like the locals). For Toronto this means walking around the diverse ethnic/cultural neighborhoods which adjoin each other. Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue is definitely colorful...literally.... More

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New Jersey
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My family and I took the streetcar from near our hotel to see Spadina/Kensington Market. The streetcar ride was alot of fun! It really harkened back to an earlier era. Kensington Market was just meh! I am a New Yorker, born and raised (live in New Jersey now) and I expected more from Kensington Market. We have lots of areas... More

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Northwestern Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Kensington is fun! Graffiti Alley is worth a look. Chinatown and nearby neigborhoods have great and cheap eating.

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Science Hill, KY
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We went to Kensington Market this past week (July 6 & 8) and really enjoyed it. Very eclectic. It is a very colorful area with a lot of little shops over a three or four street area. There is a great place to eat if you like food with a South American flavor. It is in an hold house that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I absolutely loved this area! All types of small businesses and pop up shops clustered together! Full of action but very laid back at the same time. Had cocktails and cupcakes while strolling. Don't skip this area while visiting Toronto!

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