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Review of Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue

Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue
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$75.83*
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Kensington Market Food Tour
Ranked #28 of 500 things to do in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
San Antonio, Texas
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Diverse”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

The title says it all. We visited the market on a Sunday and pretty much stayed the entire day. Lots of local artist ranging from reggae, pop, jazz, and Spanish. Dress comfortable-you will spend some time walking.

Visited August 2013
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
toronto
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167 reviews
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“Funky, early market”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

Small, narrow streets with shops and small restaurants. Bohemian area. It near Spadina and College with many Chinese restaurants on Spadina. It is just fun to wander for an hour or so.

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Never miss it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

Kensington Market feels like home to me. I have my favourite coffee shop, favourite bakery and, of course, there is Global Cheese in a newly renovated shop worth walking in just to smell! This area of town has no high rises and no chain stores/restaurants. Vintage galore. Tibetan crafts. Fresh fruits and veggies. A wall of candy in old fashioned jars! It even has one of the oldest synagogues in Ontario. Is it crowded? Sometimes. Can it get dirty? Yes. Is it somewhat uncomfortable in the middle of the afternoon on a hot July day? You bet. However, it is unlike anywhere else in this metropolitan city. It is going back in time where you wander aimlessly and eat delicious, cheap food as you go. Or drop by the Hot Box café to experience their patio (warning: this cafe is NOT a place for kids) and eat your way through the neighbourhood afterwards! A cast of more colourful characters is not to be found anywhere else. Highly recommended.

Visited July 2013
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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“Sunday afternoon at the market”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Went to the market with my friend who had grown up near there, after arriving as in Canada as a young child from Eastern Europe. Much has changed, she says. There are still some of the old bakeries and food markets, however there seems to be store after store that is the same old same old. Names on the store front is different but prices the same. We did enjoy the spice store and the Jamaican patties. I personally enjoyed more than St. Lawrence Market which ee did yesterday.

Visited August 2013
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Columbus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

If you're looking for something completely eclectic then this is your place. Restaurants look fun and are very different from one another. However my kids were NOT interested in this area of town at all. It was crowded and dirty.

Visited August 2013
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