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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
Fee: No
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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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Canadian Camden

Has the same vibe as Camden in London. Friendly relaxed attitude, greet people and great food. The place is cosmopolitan with a different culture on almost every block

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After a CN tower visit, we walked to Kensington Market, pass the China town. This place has a Bohemian vibe, on the day we were there, there were litters on the streets.... I would say there are many other more pleasant place in Toronto for a stroll. However, if I'm a Toronto resident, I would probably, eventually find many interesting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Has the same vibe as Camden in London. Friendly relaxed attitude, greet people and great food. The place is cosmopolitan with a different culture on almost every block

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyable rows of shops, restaurants, and snacks. A diverse neighborhood for getting to know the city.

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was so hot the day we were there we hit a few grocery stores, ice cream and lunch. Would like to explore more when it was a bit cooler. Very unique part of Toronto.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This neighbourhood is a lot of fun with eccentric shops and ethnic markets. We found a terrific Mexican food store where we could get all our favourite salsas and unique Mexican food products. There are also a large number of small restaurants for breakfast, lunch or supper. This neighbourhood is worth a wander.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I grew up in Toronto, but never visited the Kensington Market, a well-known city attraction for many years. Now a senior (!), I visited the area this past weekend with three others, despite mixed reviews. We all left very happy for the experience and wondering why the negativity we had read from other reviewers. The area is more than we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Different little restaurants of every cuisine imaginable. Vendors selling the cheap Chinese stuff, as well as some fun/different things. Very diverse. Smell of pot was strong as we walked down the street. Asian rolled ice cream joints are a must do. Delicious and fun to watch!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Expect all kinds of surprises in Kensington Market besides specialty cheese, bread, meat, fish, produce and dry goods. Cool restaurants....delicious food... ethnic diversity...patios....bars....old architecture .....and beautiful graffiti.....so bring your camera. Ignore the unfriendly cheese sellers. They have "millions" of choices, so I guess they get impatient with indecisive shoppers. Just have fun picking cheese and trying new tastes...Go to Cobb... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An eclectic place with lots of great eats and shopping. Fun on the weekends in the summer in Toronto. Usually pretty busy with fresh cheese, fish and beef market. Just around the corner from Chinatown.Big Fat Burrito, Pie in the sky and ultimate custom grill cheese sandwiches and so much more. Lots to do and see, great to sit and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lots of things to see and places to eat. Has something for everyone. Our cousin from Australia was able to find an addition to her collection from one of the stores here.

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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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