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“Not quite like anywhere else” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue

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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$26*
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Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's...
Ranked #28 of 250 Attractions in Toronto
Type: Neighborhoods, Flea/ Street Markets, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
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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.
Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Not quite like anywhere else”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

This is really the unrenovated section of downtown Toronto -- an old market and residential area overlayed with funky arts and crafts and down-at-the-heels gourmet restaurants. Great fun, great street scene.

Visited November 2012
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
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English first
Rochester, New York
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92 reviews 92 reviews
45 attraction reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“A Nice Segway of Bohemian Boutiques”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Kensington Market has some of the most interesting shops. You can find bargains, fresh market goods and friendly people. It's a quick walk from Chinatown. You'll find buildings painted artistically from alien murals to an earthly charm.

Visited November 2012
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Aurora, Canada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

yes, there is one place in toronto that actually has some depth - some i-am-not-sure-what, but it this is definitely not yorkdale dorothy... this place is actually pretty cool, especially for north america... too bad european meats has left though... what is next... starbucks?

Visited September 2012
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Mississauga, Canada
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“RETRO???”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

If you're looking for something hip and retro - Kensington Market is likely where you will find it. with all of the small shops and small bakeries and fruit stands, it is a great place to pend your sunny Saturday afternoon.

Visited June 2012
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Innisfil, Canada
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“lots of variety”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

went down to Kensington market to find a store that specializes in mexicain cuisine, ton of different shops down there, something for everyone and well priced also

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