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Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue

Bounded by Dundas St., Spadina Ave., Baldwin St., and Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
+1 855-472-8687
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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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  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Bounded by Dundas St., Spadina Ave., Baldwin St., and Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Chinatown
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+1 855-472-8687
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"vintage clothing"
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"blue banana"
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"global cheese"
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"churros"
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"street art"
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"food shops"
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"cheese shops"
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"walk around"
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"augusta"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I’ve watched this area evolve and transition over 50 years growing up in the city. It continues to reflect the ever changing core of the city. Great shops, second hand stores, cafes, markets and people watching.

Thank Edward J
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

been here both times during winter. still worth a stroll. apparently saturday is the day to check this area out during lunchtime. love the old buildings. small shops. there is even a Swedish Fika cafe 👍🏼

Thank Nathalie V
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice local village-style neighborhood with only privately owned shops and food joints. No franchise or mainstream chains!!! There are a good selection of shops for souvenirs and clothes, and also a variety of foods representing different cultures from all over the world. This is why...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place has THE BEST sweet potato soup!!!! Went there 5 times in a month and couldn't get enough of it. Highly recommend it!!!!!!!

Thank Naama R
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Fun place to walk around even in February. I was surprised at the run down feel of it and the closed stores among the more happening establishments. Lots of peeling paint and even garbage in some fronts, but I suppose in the summer it is...More

Thank A B
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Not sure I need to go back, but glad I can say I saw it. It was very eclectic with the types of stores and characters that were there. Not my style--but OK. Lots of market type places again to see,

Thank MBSpit
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lots of delicious food to try and offers more than your standard market. Would recommend the Syrian coffee house. Popcorn company and plenty of tasty vegan places to eat.

Thank Benvoa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the best day ever with my BFF's, shopping for thrift store treasures, so many shops, so much fun! Ate the best tacos at Seven Lives where there's usually a big line up but for some reason I walked right in and ordered, had octopus...More

Thank conniey228
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Kensington is loud, edgy, chaotic, and fun as heck! You can hear a hundred different languages spoken on the streets and in the shops and have, in a small three-by-four block square, a tremendous variety of experiences, from shopping for clothing, cheeses, meats, fish, to...More

Thank Rob Q
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This area is full of shops. Its a cool area to explore and style inspiration. Look up the cool overpriced vintage cloths, and then go buy them half-priced at Value Village.

Thank Sunny_g1234567890
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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
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xxarg2016
15 February 2017|
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Response from Loverofnaturalfood | Reviewed this property |
always have cash, as you often get better deals
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2 September 2015|
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Response from CubawithLove | Reviewed this property |
Kensington Market is a neighbourhood and it is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It is a Bohemian place where you enjoy musical groups at night in the cafes.
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16 July 2015|
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Hi there, I believe there are in the park but I am not sure I would want to really use them. The park tends to be frequented by shady people and I have seen cops ticket people for drugs there on several occasions. I imagine... More
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