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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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Feels like international travel without leaving the city(Toronto)

Chinatown has your typical shops with Chinese kitch but also has some of the best cheap eateries of Chinese food from fast food style to classy sit down. Kensington has great... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Living in downtown Toronto this place is great. Very eclectic, small food shops, great for all eaters, vegans, meat eaters. Types of food, juice, bakeries, excellent Mexican, great clothing shops. Fresh fish, butchers, cheese fine foods. Fresh veggie and fruit markets. Go. Always go. It's a great spot. Always something to eat and see!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Chinatown has your typical shops with Chinese kitch but also has some of the best cheap eateries of Chinese food from fast food style to classy sit down. Kensington has great eclectic shops & eateries as well as great little produce stores. Feels like you are travelling.

Thank Diane K
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The restaurants are fabulous, the shops are original, the vintage clothing shops are a staple. Go prepared to walk, and bring cash for vendors that don't take debit including food and beverage stalls.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been going to the market since I was a child. It has changed over time but still has the basic feel one expects. The market has been a place where new Torontonians have lived, worked and visit through the ages. Culturally diverse with all sorts of wonderful shops, markets and restaurants. A jewel of Toronto. It right beside... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Kensington Market (or K-mart?) covers a number of streets in the old historic Spadina-Kensington area of the City with a long variety of interesting street market stalls, good for bargains or just a scenic stroll. We also like to have coffee at some of the local bakeries with samples of the nice local pastries. Another interesting feature is that this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Arrived by rail bus trolley. Bus stopped a block away on edge of China Town. Loved the variety of shops and eateries. Found prices quite reasonabke, some were great deals. Vendors extremely friendly and helpful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Love, love, LOVE Kensington Market. There's so much to do and see! All these little bohemian shops and hidden gem restaurants. Its right by Chinatown too so the restaurant choices are endless. The streets were bustling with activity and music. We even saw Spiderman dancing to hip hop lol definitely my favorite spot in Toronto.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

always love visiting kensington even if i dnt even by anything its all about its vibe. you have veriaties of places to shop at its one of torontos unique gems. you can find reastraunts, clothes , tattoos and food markets I love buying tshirts n dresses there

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A loose collection of shops and food places in a locale which is cross between new grundge and up student. odd. Has lots of different new food type places, cheese, butcher, drinks, muffins, bar, etc.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

All the streets in Kensington market are a fun experience . Lots of local small great restaurants and shops. You can get great fresh produce , cheeses, fish and meat.Good bakeries.Fun to just sit and have a snack or a coffee. Nice day out.Close to China town and downtown Toronto.

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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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