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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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Great little area

This is a great little area in downtown Toronto. It has many different little shops and restaurants of all different ethnicity's. Great to spend the day or even just for a stroll... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

always love visiting kensington even if i dnt even by anything its all about its vibe. you have veriaties of places to shop at its one of torontos unique gems. you can find reastraunts, clothes , tattoos and food markets I love buying tshirts n dresses there

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A loose collection of shops and food places in a locale which is cross between new grundge and up student. odd. Has lots of different new food type places, cheese, butcher, drinks, muffins, bar, etc.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

All the streets in Kensington market are a fun experience . Lots of local small great restaurants and shops. You can get great fresh produce , cheeses, fish and meat.Good bakeries.Fun to just sit and have a snack or a coffee. Nice day out.Close to China town and downtown Toronto.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is funky! From art and incense shops through to juicing bars, cool characters to street art, it's the place to be. I live where Banksy is from and we love street art so this is a home from home, like Bristol itself! I found it hard to find vegan food in Canada but this was a little treasure... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great little area in downtown Toronto. It has many different little shops and restaurants of all different ethnicity's. Great to spend the day or even just for a stroll in the summer months.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a different experience all together. We loved the stroll down the street and seeing stuff being sold from different parts of the world. Could pick quiet a few unique things on sale from countries all over the world

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Always amazing. Different shops that you will not find elsewhere. Lots of good restaurants. Reminds me of shopping in the 50"s

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This looked amazing on the maps and a real change to modern shopping. It was not. The shops were not very exciting and the cafe we did eat in was dirty and unpleasant. It seems to make too much effort to be different at the cost of quality of the products. A real shame.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This place has a culture on its own. It is interesting to grab a coffee, get a seat and just observe the dynamics of the people interacting. You can just go to buy your groceries, to eat, have a coffee or find interesting items. I would not go with small children or strollers as the place is usually busy, the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hipster Toronto area, just walk around and enjoy a different part of the city. Stop by any coffee shop, they are good and all natural!

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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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