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Reviewed June 19, 2013

If you love vintage clothes then take a trip to Kensington Market. I bought a vintage,bad-#ss motorcycle jacket for $40. (We bartered for a lower price too). A great place to buy leather boots, old bowling shirts with retro names on the front, cheap sunglasses, and imports from Asia.

Then relax with a draft beer on one of the many cool patios and people watch for a few hours. We went to "The Last Temptation" patio/ pub. You will hear regae music in the background, see some skateboarders and vintage vehicles pass by as you sit outside on the patio.

Kensington is a one of a kind, unique place! This is true Toronto culture.

Date of experience: June 2013
2  Thank Lisa B
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Kensington Market is a hipster-ish zone tucked just out of plain sight near Chinatown. It is not as much of a "market" as it is a few blocks of bargain shops, vintage clothing stores, and a wide variety of food choices - all of which would be found in a typical market.

There is no one spectacular thing about Kensington Market, but all of the sights, sounds, and smells together are nearly brilliant.

Here are my suggestions...

1. Have a food competition with friends. See who can eat the most cool, tasty stuff for like $20. Or just eat your way through the place. You can find fresh oysters, produce, great $10 burgers, churros, and on and on and on.
2. Check out the Vintage clothing shops. If you are into vintage sports jerseys, Lacoste, or other old iterations of still-relevant brands, Kensington Market has some cool shops.
3. Check out the street performers. Not always, but on most good-weather weekends you can find street artists, local bands, and other street performers working for tips.

Parking can be a bit tough, but you can usually find spaces on the main boundary streets. Be sure to pay for parking at a machine and display your ticket on your dash. (remember your time.) The city of Toronto needs to make $9,000,000,000,000,000 a week off of parking tickets to support local politicians habits, so don't say you weren't warned!

Date of experience: May 2013
4  Thank mbc421
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Great mixture of ethnic food and clothing fixed in with restaurants and a wide variety of people. It is not a place for the snobby lots of vintage clothing and people with tons of tattoos and piercings and a lingering smell of pot but a fun place if you want to explore it.

Date of experience: June 2013
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

I had so much fun traipsing around this neighborhood. It's colorful with all the food shops and vintage stores. Yummy empanadas easily found! I stopped and had a square shaped one filled with corn, basil, onion and spinach. Kensington Ave. is chalk full of vintage resale shops with eclectic windows and displays. There are endless amounts of wall murals in this area and they're so fun to see. Lots and lots of eateries. This is definitely a fun part of town and worth the visit!

Date of experience: June 2013
1  Thank OBD2142
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

I had the best chicken burger ever at st. Andrews BBQ last weekend in Kensington market (st Andrew street) It's was in an amazing bun with tahini sauce- the chipotle chicken burger. They're having it all summer-Kensington market is a great spot to visit if you're in toronto this summer and this was a very tasty BBQ!

Date of experience: June 2013
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