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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
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

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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Wish I'd had more time!

Due to a lack of time, we only got an hour or two around the markets, and I wish we'd had more! Definitely dedicate an afternoon to wandering around the markets, but be... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
William S
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Absolutely loved the food and the place, also the neighborhood is a very nice place to walk through. Definitely a place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

II love catching the street car to this neighbourhood then crossing the street and submersing myself into the culture and funk of this thriving area of Toronto. I've eaten in several restaurants in this area and have never had a bad meal, I've bought some fruits and vegetables, bought from a bakery and even purchased some knick knacks. I love... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Some really great food stops and unique shops to visit on this strip! I would highly recommend the award winning burrito joint!

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Bayside, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I really liked Kensington Market. I would say the only better attraction in Toronto is the CN Tower, which ironically you can see from Kensington Market. This area reminded me of Williamsburg, Brooklyn as I am from NYC. It has a real hipster vibe. The food is world class. The best food in the city is probably right there. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There is something for everyone. Lots of local fare which is to say anything and everything. Just fun to people watch as well. Check it out as it is a neat place. Where the locals go.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This neighbourhood was declared dead by the Toronto Council three times in a row. But the people didn't concede. They recreated a vibrant, artistic, multicultural and innovative community. Enjoy!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Never disappointed. Cheeses, breads, great coffee. Lots of different food to choose from. Several vintage shops & Courage My Love is always a great place to stop

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Always love coming down to Kensington Market to support my local economy. I always feel like I'm in a different part of the world when I'm there and love all the Chinese food and bubble tea.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Due to a lack of time, we only got an hour or two around the markets, and I wish we'd had more! Definitely dedicate an afternoon to wandering around the markets, but be prepared to spend a lot of money! If you do spend your $, I'd recommend looking out for genuinely unique things, rather than "vintage" things that are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful market area near Chinatown with heaps of small shops, cafes and bars. We found a great retro shope with masses of vintage clothing at really reasonable prices. The Blue Banana market is a must too!

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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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