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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
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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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Market is actually all storefronts with all sorts of flea market type items, souvenir stores, restaurants, and veggie stands. Worth checking out the neighborhood for its... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Seal Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Located right off of Chinatown, Kensington Market is really made up of a couple of streets that are lined with small vendors and restaurants. It was kind of an extension of Chinatown, without the Asian theme. It was just ok to me.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Market is actually all storefronts with all sorts of flea market type items, souvenir stores, restaurants, and veggie stands. Worth checking out the neighborhood for its originality and authentic flare.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went on a sat afternoon and this place was packed. Many vendors with meats, cheeses, seafood, vegetables, bakery items and others.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unfortunately not what we were expecting - just a couple of streets mainly selling food. Seemed tired and rundown rather than vibrant. Visit though as it might be your thing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

well the area has a difference from most of the areas I visited, there is a lot to explore, with plenty of restaurants small shops selling various arts and crafts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lot to explore in here. Good snacks and food. It's a place better for a group of friends to go and enjoy different kinds of food.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We've been there before noon, when lots of restaurants and shops were still closeds. The density of restaurants, shops, and street art is impressive; seems a bit touristy, though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We love coming here for the bars and restaurants. The area is constantly in transition with new cafés and shops. Unfortunately at night some very intoxicated and sometimes aggressive people appear. It's not usually dangerous but there has been some violence late at night. The best time to go is pedestrian Sundays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was staying in the Planet Traveller hostel located around the corner and found it a great place to explore, lots of quirky shops and cafes lots to see and do. Great to get a coffee and stroll around and people watch. Really cool part of the city would highly recommend a trip here, you never know what treats you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago 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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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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