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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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Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown

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It feels like UK

I love the houses, the architecture and the little old stores with their unique merchandise. It feels like we are in London UK, somewhere like Notting Hill or Camden Town. You... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the most historic spots in the City both from residency to retail. The architecture and culture of this area is amazing. There was a musical group in the 60's that came from this area and ironically the band was called "KENSINGTON MARKET'.

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I like it, it has cheap and modern sunglasses a few bakery shops and a couple of cell phones accessories stores, fresh juice stores and a few places to grab a bite. It's a wonderful experience and my kids bought a few things. We go there every summer to check it out. I recommend a visit to everyone never been... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

At Kesington market you will find a very eccentric mix of heavy Chinese culture and white Canadian life style. Full of beutifull graffiti on the walls smelly Chinese restaurants, art pieces all over. It's very interesting to go for a day walk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The flavour of Kensington has changed over the years. It was at first a Jewish markets where the new immigrants set up shop and Jewish people from every country came to buy foods and goods. As that community moved North in Toronto it has been replaced by several other new immigrant groups with their own cultures and tastes. There is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is a place I go frecuently, love to have coffee in Casa Coreana, walk, buy a sweet bread at Panchos Bakery, or lunch at El Trompo one of my favorites authentic mexican restaurants. Also in the summer Sundays are great, music dancing in the stret , etc!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Filled with great ethnic eateries and shops. A unique neighborhood where you can enjoy great food and people watching. Wander the streets and enjoy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definitely one of my favorite places in Toronto. Go on a day when the weather is warmer because you'll be doing a lot of walking around. If you're into graffiti art, there are tons scattered around. We were told the pho is really good in this area but we never got around to try it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A must see area. It closes in the summer on some weekends and allows no cars in. Great restaurants and Chinese food and Mexican and tapas and many more. Good clothes, meats and cheese as well. Great Jamaican spot- a gem. good patties.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love the houses, the architecture and the little old stores with their unique merchandise. It feels like we are in London UK, somewhere like Notting Hill or Camden Town. You can explore the stores all day, for little treasures and grab a bite to eat, while experimenting with the different local tastes. Chinatown is right next to it so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd read about Kensington Market (which isn't actually a market at all) before our trip. Wow! What a great little part of town. And I do mean little. We're talking only a few blocks. If you love food...yo'll love it. If you love art...you'll love it. If you love old areas being rebuilt/rebranded...you'll love it. It's very unique.

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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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