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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
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

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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Wish I'd had more time!

Due to a lack of time, we only got an hour or two around the markets, and I wish we'd had more! Definitely dedicate an afternoon to wandering around the markets, but be... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
William S
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There is something for everyone. Lots of local fare which is to say anything and everything. Just fun to people watch as well. Check it out as it is a neat place. Where the locals go.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This neighbourhood was declared dead by the Toronto Council three times in a row. But the people didn't concede. They recreated a vibrant, artistic, multicultural and innovative community. Enjoy!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Never disappointed. Cheeses, breads, great coffee. Lots of different food to choose from. Several vintage shops & Courage My Love is always a great place to stop

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Always love coming down to Kensington Market to support my local economy. I always feel like I'm in a different part of the world when I'm there and love all the Chinese food and bubble tea.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Due to a lack of time, we only got an hour or two around the markets, and I wish we'd had more! Definitely dedicate an afternoon to wandering around the markets, but be prepared to spend a lot of money! If you do spend your $, I'd recommend looking out for genuinely unique things, rather than "vintage" things that are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A wonderful market area near Chinatown with heaps of small shops, cafes and bars. We found a great retro shope with masses of vintage clothing at really reasonable prices. The Blue Banana market is a must too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Funky, historic,real. Dont miss it especially in the summer months. If you like food, interesting people fabulous vintage stores this is where to be

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Kensington market is where you go for an eclectic group of things~Vintage clothes and gear (there are loads of second hand shops here), Excellent food from the loads of interesting and varied restaurants, Inexpensive produce from the Asian markets, great quality meats, cheese, breads and pastries from the shops in the lane, and fantastic chinese food (the market is in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A phenomenally diverse, colorful and cool place to hang out. Lots of green/organic markets, fantastic diversity of eateries and shops and a very laid-back feeling. Coming from Belgium we were delighted to find "Moo" a french(belgian ) fry snack inspired by our own favourite Brussels Fritkot. Even got mayo for our wonderful fries!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely loved it! Although we didn't initially realize we were actually in the market, a little more exploration and we stumbled upon countless hidden gems. My personal favorite was the popcorn factory, with every conceivable flavor (and more) on offer. Graffiti and street art around every corner, tons of coffee joints and way to much food to choice from. Our... More 

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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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