Kensington Market
Kensington Market
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9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
About
Immerse yourself in the heart of Toronto’s bohemian culture at Kensington Market. Restaurants and hole-in-the-wall eateries offering food from all over the world are interspersed with vintage thrift shops, coffee joints, tattoo parlors, bars, art galleries, and Victorian-style houses. The area is part gritty, part chaotic but it has tons of personality. The best time to visit is on Pedestrian Sundays (last Sunday of the month from May to October), when street parties and festivals are the highlights. Take public transportation to get there as parking is hard to come by. You can experience the neighborhood on a food, walking, or bike tour. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • Aerowing
    Monee, Illinois5,968 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Visit
    This is a bohemian style neighborhood in Toronto worth checking out at least once when you’re here There’s plenty of shops and restaurants to see. It’s very close to the Chinatown part of the town too. There’s plenty of thrift shops along the streets as well, but they tend to be a bit pricey. Plan on spending at least 2 to 3 hours here to check out everything.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom3,118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Market for Outsiders
    In the spirit of other markets around the world Kensington Market is a place to visit if you like things a little different. It is reminiscent of Camden Market in London and there are shops and stalls to get things like hats or sunglasses. There are also stores selling vintage clothes and food from around the world too. One thing you will see here that you will not see in London is the dispensaries where you can buy cannabis. It's legal in Canada but make sure if you do want to buy something that you have your ID. One of the things I loved was the street art which is in abundance on walls and also on the roads as well. There is also a car there that has become art. It is covered with different designs and has plants growing out of the windows too. Superb! Go and check it out. You may come away with an opened mind.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 18, 2023
  • Stewarts Vacation
    1,543 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wrong timing!
    Unfortunately we visited the area too early in the day. Most of the shops were closed and the area was pretty deserted with none of the vibe that we had read about. We still enjoyed walking through the eclectic neighbourhood with colourful shop fronts and Victorian row houses. I'd definitely suggest an afternoon/evening visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Ari G
    Rosenberg, Texas9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stores of curiosity in the
    Over the weekend I had chance to finally visit Toronto. I asked some locals about things to do in there and everyone suggested going to Kensington Market. I love this place because it was just average type of flea Market but you had a variety of different stores and restaurants. Rather you are looking for trendy fashion or thrifting. The food restaurants available were all over the place and they had some really great sweet shops. Also enjoy all the street art and murals all around.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written January 20, 2024
  • IAN D
    Wigan, United Kingdom25,831 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very offbeat
    I think Kensington market is an acquired taste. It is home to all kinds of offbeat shops, bars, people and artwork. It reminded me of the Northern Quarter in Manchester and the Baltic area of Liverpool much nearer to my home. I liked the zaniness but not my wifes cup of tea
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 5, 2024
  • Joy V
    Corona, California15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful diverse area
    Loved the area to explore. Was very bohemian like and relaxed atmosphere. Colorful area with many restaurants and beautiful, colorful, prints of clothing for sale. Numerous people selling their very nice made merchandise.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written June 19, 2024
  • Jillian L
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    Tons of little shops food and entertainment to check out. We drive up from Niagara Falls to check out the city and we heard this was a must see. A lot of local vendors and vintage clothing shops. Glad we made the trip!
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2024
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Kathryn V
West Springfield, MA46 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Kensington Market was a bit of a disappointment but I think that may have to do with the time of year that we visited. Lots of cool graffiti and murals but that was about it. A lot of things were closed when we were there (around noon on a Sunday). There did seem to be a lot of interesting restaurants but we weren’t there to eat. Maybe it’s more active and fun in the summer?
Written March 11, 2020
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Abbie S
Leeds, UK308 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
I was expecting something like Camden market in London with small boutique shops and independent businesses.
What we got instead was a run down, dirty, garbage filled, walk with homeless and mentally ill/drug affected individuals all over the place.
Most of the small food places didn't look inviting and we were really disappointed.
Shops are made up of cannabis dispensaries, fabric shops and thrift stores.
Graffiti Alley also a disappointment with graffiti name tags all over instead of real graffiti art

Would not recommend, I felt very unsafe and we quickly got out of there
Written September 19, 2022
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Aerowing
Monee, IL5,968 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a bohemian style neighborhood in Toronto worth checking out at least once when you’re here
There’s plenty of shops and restaurants to see. It’s very close to the Chinatown part of the town too. There’s plenty of thrift shops along the streets as well, but they tend to be a bit pricey.
Plan on spending at least 2 to 3 hours here to check out everything.
Written September 22, 2023
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Maya S
Toronto, Canada31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Love this place, it is open few streets in between China town. there are many restaurants and market places, meat store, clothing stores, vaping stores, sometimes live music and bars and ice cream & coffee shops. What I love about this place the most is the mixture of cultures and verities of kitchen available. The VIBE is such so contagious, happy and fun and taste. If you love crowed and walking and don't mind the smell (marijuana) this is certainly the spot for you. I wouldn't suggest to go with small kids but other than that it is a very chill place to spend few hour at.
Written September 22, 2020
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triphappy07
Raleigh, NC60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
You should experience the market at least once BUT it may not be everyone's cup of tea. Lots of interesting shops and places to eat and a very funky and interesting place to browse. However, it is also somewhat grubby and crowded, and as others have mentioned, there were a fair number of mentally ill people walking around, yelling, etc. No disrespect to the mentally ill or unhoused, just something to be aware of. We enjoyed our multiple visits there, had some tasty empanadas and other treats. Go at least once!
Written August 1, 2022
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J BB
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Stay away from there, there are bums passed out in the park and storefronts are dirty. The park was a mess because the locals don’t seem to keep it clean and ruin it with graffitis, they loiter and seem to enjoy their messiness. Not a good place for children. Give money to hard working people instead.
Written July 12, 2022
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Steph
Toronto, Canada216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Wild and down to earth, Kensington might be the most interesting area to explore in Toronto. The graffiti is colourful, the garden car is such a weird, but fun landmark, and it has many wonderful shops and food options. I'd definitely recommend visiting Bunner's for baked goods and The Beguling for comic books while here. Also, Wanda's Pie in the Sky has delicious pie!
Written April 21, 2022
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JoeRockhead321
Norwood, Canada61 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
If inhaling smoke from all the pot smokers/addicts is your thing then the Kensington Market is the place for you. Two overdosed individual that required naloxone was the highlight. The cat calls and aggressive pan handlers were awesome too. I think there is a homeless shelter where two guys got into an all out brawl after a screaming match was a highlight as well. I learned some new word combinations I had never heard before. The shops are run down, the streets are dirty (watch out for needles/syringes). Lots of places to eat if you dare.
Written October 21, 2023
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Roxanne O
Milton, Canada285 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We stopped by on a Monday and it was obviously garbage night. Even though it was afternoon every single business had piles and piles of garbage out front. The smell was horrible and it obviously looked terrible as well. Did not leave a good impression. I’m sure any other day would be fine.
Written August 11, 2022
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,831 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I think Kensington market is an acquired taste. It is home to all kinds of offbeat shops, bars, people and artwork. It reminded me of the Northern Quarter in Manchester and the Baltic area of Liverpool much nearer to my home. I liked the zaniness but not my wifes cup of tea
Written May 5, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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