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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
Fee: No
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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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Kensingtom Market

One of the most culturally diverse, funky, artful and interesting neighbourhoods in Toronto. Worth seeing for both historical context and progressive shops and initiatives.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Eileen S
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Toronto, Canada
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Bradenton, Florida
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Food is varied, abundant and affordable. If you love thrifting, visit Kensington as well! Spend the day meandering the streets and mingling with the people!

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place to wander around, shop for cool vintage clothing or fresh vegetables and funky decor items. Small, local businesses that are family owned. Lots of local culture and colour too. A true Toronto experience.

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One of the most culturally diverse, funky, artful and interesting neighbourhoods in Toronto. Worth seeing for both historical context and progressive shops and initiatives.

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Toronto, Canada
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It is nice to walk around on the weekend where you get a variety of food and clothing. Lots of restaurants in the area.

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You can travel the world without leaving Toronto - visiting cool neighbourhoods like Kensington - take an afternoon and wander the cafes, Jamaican shops and unique shops.

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I had already read something and watched a couple of documentaries about this corner of the world. But nothing compares to the real stuff when the opportunity arises to check it live in its true colors. And indeed, the district is everything described on books, films and magazines. And much more. The wealth of trendy attractions, ranging from cafes and... More 

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It is always worth it to take a stroll through Kensington Market. There is a shop/restaurant for everyone in your party. The independent bakeries and small boutiques immediately draw you in, and the thrift/vintage stores that crowd the neighbourhood often offer wonderful finds! One of my favourite activities is to grab a drink and a baked good (ex. Wanda's Pie... More 

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Enjoyed walking around this area. Very laid back place. It reminded me of Camden Town in London. Worth spending a couple of hours here. Plenty cafes and eating places. Street art is good fun to look at.

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Kensington Market is teeming with people from all walks of life, all cultures, races, ages with a wide variety of inked bodies. A wonderful several blocks to walk and appreciate all the differences that make Toronto such a special place. Places to eat from dives to sit down table cloths. Funky stores to places of art. Social service agencies to... More 

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Kensington Market is a must to visit when in a Toronto. There are food venders to many restaraunts. Fun to sight see with all the activity and people.

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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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