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Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue

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Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
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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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Kensington market was a little confusing at first, but an interesting place for sure with a little bit of everything. Great place to try new foods. I would suggest going in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2012
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Halifax, Canada
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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Kensington market was a little confusing at first, but an interesting place for sure with a little bit of everything. Great place to try new foods. I would suggest going in comfortable shoes and on a warm day so you are comfortable enough to walk around and see everything, it was a bit chilly when we went and we didn't... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

A wonder of the world. Go anytime, but a summer Saturday morning is the best. Except for a summer Saturday night!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

If you want local colour from a wide variety of world regions, this is the place to go! You'll find all sorts of items, foods, clothing and any thing else you can name in this area of downtown Toronto. Parking is very difficult to find and the crowds are thick at times, but certainly not unfriendly! There are bargains to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

I love this area of Toronto. It brims with life, even in winter you can feel the creative energy of its inhabitants. In summer it explodes into street fairs and live performances. Tons of little restaurants and tiny shops, and friendly people make this a great place to take out of towners (as long as they are not super conservative).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

Lots of interesting shops, restaurants and unknown things to see. Be sure to stop for handmade dumplings at, "The Dumpling House" on the west side of Spadina near Dundas. You will notice it by the two ladies in the window rolling dumplings. Delish!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

I loved Toms Place, in addition to the atmosphere in the streets. Keep your purse close.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

If you are visiting TO and want to see a cool hood...great little restos and bars..art galleries...on the grungy real city side of life...the anti Yonge and Dundas..cool for couples who like the underbelly

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

Great restaurants (Back Alley is our favourite), Unique shops (check out Blue Banana), awesome snacks. Steps away from China town, and so close to everything downtown! But definitely not a place to drive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

This neighbourhood has lots of great vintage stores, and an amazing cookware store (called Good Egg). Make sure to wander down Kensington Avenue and Augusta Avenue as those are the best streets for shopping. For a cheap lunch, go toThe Grilled Cheese, or if you're vegan, try Hot Beans or Urban Herbivore!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Kensington Market is a great little strip of would-be quaint little houses dressed up as a Tibetan/vintage wonderland. I arrived there before business hours on a weekend morning as store owners were shoveling their way out and it was still a lovely sight, with Tibetan prayer flags strung across brightly painted signs. Stores with names like "The Fairies Pyjamas" and... More 

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