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“Wonderful Time” 5 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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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.
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“Wonderful Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Hosting a plethora of shops and restaurants, kensington market was one of my favorite places in Toronto to visit. About a 30 min walk from the strip, kensington market makes a great day trip, and is right next to Chinatown. We walked around for hours, and visited many shops before wandering into Chinatown. There is graffiti, but it is a lot more like street art than actual graffiti. there was a lot of fair trade, organic, and local merchandise, and the prices were generally very good. We had a wonderful time and would recommend you go there and spend at least a few hours.

Note: This is not really a market as one would think of (like St. Lawrence market) but rather a section of the city where there are many shops, restaurants, and small produce vendors. This is not to say that it isn't fun or incredible. Many shops take American cash and credit.

Visited August 2013
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Scotland
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“eclectic and amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Something for everyone. Good food shops, supplies, army trench coat, no problems, On Spadina you want mushrooms that you cant pronounce, Stinky Durian friut, refreshing sugar cane drink, I know where you can.

Visited August 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Diverse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

The title says it all. We visited the market on a Sunday and pretty much stayed the entire day. Lots of local artist ranging from reggae, pop, jazz, and Spanish. Dress comfortable-you will spend some time walking.

Visited August 2013
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toronto
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“Funky, early market”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Small, narrow streets with shops and small restaurants. Bohemian area. It near Spadina and College with many Chinese restaurants on Spadina. It is just fun to wander for an hour or so.

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Never miss it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Kensington Market feels like home to me. I have my favourite coffee shop, favourite bakery and, of course, there is Global Cheese in a newly renovated shop worth walking in just to smell! This area of town has no high rises and no chain stores/restaurants. Vintage galore. Tibetan crafts. Fresh fruits and veggies. A wall of candy in old fashioned jars! It even has one of the oldest synagogues in Ontario. Is it crowded? Sometimes. Can it get dirty? Yes. Is it somewhat uncomfortable in the middle of the afternoon on a hot July day? You bet. However, it is unlike anywhere else in this metropolitan city. It is going back in time where you wander aimlessly and eat delicious, cheap food as you go. Or drop by the Hot Box café to experience their patio (warning: this cafe is NOT a place for kids) and eat your way through the neighbourhood afterwards! A cast of more colourful characters is not to be found anywhere else. Highly recommended.

Visited July 2013
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