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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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Street Hiking to Lunch

Best spot to find excellent food with tons of healthy and/or cultural options. It's about a 25 minute hike from CN Tower, but well worth it you love authentic food. Ate at 4Life... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

After walking from down near Lake Ontario to the market we were very disappointed and wished we hadn't wasted our time. Didn't find anything we even were tempted to explore more

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Victor, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Best spot to find excellent food with tons of healthy and/or cultural options. It's about a 25 minute hike from CN Tower, but well worth it you love authentic food. Ate at 4Life Natural Foods and would highly recommend this spot for lunch. Flavors of entree salads are perfect! Honestly, it's amazingly good. The vibe of this marketplace feels great.... More 

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

Lots to see and do with lots of different places to eat. Very interesting stores with a diverse background, you can find almost anything there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent street with eclectic shopping, dining and people watching. Thai, Mexican, Hungarian, Peruvian, Vietnamese, and vegan dining bump up against art, craft, trinket, incense, vinyl record, clothing, and shoe stores. Add a dollop of ice cream and froyo stands and that about describes this 5-6 block long market. While dining outside, Spiderman on a skateboard whizzed by exhorting the kids... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of the places that you should visit being in Toronto and it is worthwhile. It is colorful and authentic

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There's no place like the Kensington Market is a must-see. We had a good time exploring all it had to offer and all the different cultures that are represented

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is amazing, definitely must see it!! Very nice vendors, good vibes, street art everywhere, organic food, organic market. I love this place, is like a hippie town. Different nationalities. I would recommend to take a nice fresh cane juice with ginger with the Jamaicans friends, very nice people.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately it was raining which kept our walk short but I always enjoy shopping, people watching, etc here...a must visit for visiters.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well as my title says, Kensington Market area is a different place to see. I would not recommend this area for the uppity, snotty person. They will find the place dirty. I have to say that if you like to walk around and see many different cultures and different ways of life, then this is the place to see. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Kensington Market is an interesting place to visit. There are many different shops in the area to browse through. There is great Street art and interesting murals along the way. If you are going to eat here I would really recommend Burgernator it is unbelievable!

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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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