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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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I would say for sure if visiting Toronto this is worth a visit as many reviews state very funky and interesting. Oodles of shops and places to eat and chat it up with locals and... read more

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Comox,British Columbia,Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I would say for sure if visiting Toronto this is worth a visit as many reviews state very funky and interesting. Oodles of shops and places to eat and chat it up with locals and shopowners I visited on a cold day and I was welcomed inside everywhere to come out of the cold Look forward to returning on a... More 

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Ottawa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's fun and quirky and it makes me feel a part of a community. This area really does have a community feel...I enjoy wandering around and seeing such a variety of merchants and citizens. Transit there is good (if slow). Plan to stay awhile...So many cool places to eat - honestly it's just a really interesting place - the fire... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I go to Kensington Market every chance I get. It has a lot to offer. There are coffee shops, food shopping, fish shops, clothing and cheese shops. The place is teeming with all kinds of simple pleasures. You can also shop for antique furniture and clothing. There are also nice pastry shops and restaurants. I would recommend this market to... More 

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

Love to hang out here, shop and eat always something new to see and taste with cheapest fruit and vegetable prices in the city and a fun place to spend a few hours shopping, eating and having cocktails while people watching.

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fun is an afternoon spent exploring Kensington Market. Between the cozy places to grab a coffee, colourful vintage stores to pick through, gourmet and international food shops. It feels like a vibrant community though - not just a commercial centre.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is one of the oldest ethnic sections in Toronto , with a huge variety of small stores, including ethnic foods, many small restaurants, reasonable cost clothing, fruit and vegetable stores, coffee shops and bakeries; similar to the way the Lower East Side in Manhattan was 60 years ago.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This area invokes memories of childhood, it is a truly unique variety of food and wares in the middle of this busy city.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

whether looking for unique used clothing, fun food or just a cup of coffee and people or sight seeing, this vibrant quarter with an energy of its own is highly recommended. Especially in summer.

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Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Been to Toronto a thousand times but never spent any real time in Kensington Market area. My 21 year old daughter thought I'd like it there with all the quirks and artsy feel. Well, it wasn't mine nor my husband's kind of quirk. Maybe 20 years ago but not now pushing 50. We stayed in an airbnb which was fine... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just wrote a review about St. Lawrence Market but it wouldn't be fair to ignore Kensington. More funky, more diverse, more fun probably. Great bread at Blackbird Bakery, great people at Global Cheese, a zillion ethic restaurants and cafes, vintage clothing stores and even Rasta Pasta. Got extra time? Walk down Spadina through Chinatown. Or, start just west of Avenue... More 

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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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