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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
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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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Chinatown and is collective joys, Latina Foods, European foods, gifts, bars, everything is here! Wander the streets and admire the artworks, engage with the locals, either way you... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Chinatown and is collective joys, Latina Foods, European foods, gifts, bars, everything is here! Wander the streets and admire the artworks, engage with the locals, either way you are almost guaranteed to enjoy the Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue area of Toronto.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're looking for a shopping or dining experience that's a little different in the city, this is the neighbourhood. Very bohemian, with lots of street food type kiosks, lots of vegetarian and vegan options, lots of vintage clothing shops and generally a fun, quirky place to spend an afternoon. All independent shops -- no chains!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Markets are always fun, if you like markets that is. This one is particularly cool: it has a variety of different foods and things to buy and it's a great spot for pictures. I wouldn't say it's a MUST but definitely worth going if you like markets.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this area once during our stay and the small shops were ok but the whole area looked a bit run down.

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Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sorry to say but true. This market used to be so great to visit but now it is too pricey and too many modern things. Kinds of feels boho which is ok but it used to have such a european feel. Not now. Plus the restaurants are getting boring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this is an absolute must-see in the city! during summer there are parades and many people walking the pedestrian street.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is where you go to find, unique, amazing dining experiences. Everything from latin, american, chinese american food as well as many novelty boutiques and foods.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Forget Queen West, Forget Riverdale. Kensington Market has everything a traveller would want, on a budget. And the unique and authentic cuisine will keep you coming back for more. This is the coolest, most interesting neighbourhood in Toronto.

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I love this market when w my parents when I was young it is so full of interesting smells sights a must visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Kensington Market area is a place I frequently bring visitors to see because it has much to offer. The streets are a mix of interesting old architecture and whimsical paint jobs. There are many one of a kind eateries and bars with a wonderful mix of eclectic and friendly people. Bring a camera with you as there will certainly be... More 

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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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