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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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good for hipsters

This market is very close to China Town and it has very diverse coffee stores and cheaper clothes and accessories....you see some busking on every corner always busy and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Several blocks of shops spilling into the street, originally mostly Jewish, then Portuguese, now heavily Asian. All kinds of food, goods, souvenirs.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good meal at Chinese vegetarian restaurant, called Buddhas. Otherwise rather uninspired collection of facilities, and no real market.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My daughter and I spent a few afternoons in the Kensington area, and we found it very exciting and full of life and energy. We even ran into a set up for a movie. Our favourite coffee place was FIKA cafe which is Swedish inspired with baked ginger cookies shaped like horses. Behind the house there is a garden, and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As others have noted, this is more of a place for the "hipsters." Lots coffee shops and restaurants and some out of the ordinary shops. A short walk from Chinatown so if you are there, stop over to Kensington and check it out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots of different little shops line these streets, so be prepared to browse and enjoy the eclectic choices. Food ranges from a delicious pizza spot to items we'd never heard of before, but might be worth a try. Also, don't miss the jazz clubs. This was a morning walk and then a return trip later in the evening for music... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Kensington Market is located in the China Town area but is different. There are both produce and restaurants and clothing stores. A cheese, seafood and meat store are well-known in this market. It has a unique culture of its own (including pot shops). It is an old part of town -- and it shows. Interesting for a look-see but I... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love markets and having read the report on Kensington Market in the Union Peason Free Magazine on the train I got really excited about seeing this place but I was thoroughly disappointed today. It is a very run down district with lots of dubious people hanging about. Certainly I would recommend that no one visits here at night.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This market is very close to China Town and it has very diverse coffee stores and cheaper clothes and accessories....you see some busking on every corner always busy and fun...loved it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was out of curiosity that I went looking for the pot stores and quickly found two of them conducting business with all manner of clientele lounging outside. A shopkeeper told me that they no longer sell brownies and candy like before because children mistake them for what they look like. There are all sorts of shops offering a wide... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very hippyish with lots of good ethnic food. Some shops sold very good items, some were a bit junky. Just walking around is fun.

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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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