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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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Hippie and cool

This place is usually busy with hippies and tourist. Have some great atmosphere going and great for walking around

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This place is usually busy with hippies and tourist. Have some great atmosphere going and great for walking around

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As I mentioned in my other reviews from our weekend in Toronto, it must have been the rain. Not sure what everyone is seeing at Kensington - lots of eclectic restaurants in a rather "worn out" area. Not impressed but others might enjoy the Bohemian atmosphere. Be prepared to spend $1.50/30 minutes for parking.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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Kensington Market is full of locally owned small vintage shops.The prices vary depending on the store, but there is something for everyone. They have some of favorite vegan places: Cosmic Treats, and Bunners. It's a small area so perhaps a bit overrated, but I still love to go.

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Traveled to Toronto with my teenage daughter. She really enjoyed the thrift store/hippy feel and we passed a nice couple of hours checking out the shops and unique merch available. She bought a Tee that was handmade in the store and represented Toronto without being touristy. Sat and had coffee for a bit as well. Lots of street/meter parking was... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

what a quirky little find in the middle of cosmopolitan Toronto. odd and unusual shops and eateries and street people who will hold you attention. be sure to pop into the blue banana for different giflfs

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spadina = China/Vietnamese town. Kensington = Boho/Hipster/Foodie town. We stayed right by this very special part of Toronto and was never short of something to do, see or eat here. We felt very at home here and had some of the most amazing food around here. Spadina is home to very many Asian food joints and bakeries. This is the... More 

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This is a cool hippie neighborhood that you'll love. We found some great pieces of street art, cool cafes and dessert places

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I think Monday was probably a bad day to go, but following various tourist advice it sounded like an interesting place - we were only in Toronto for 1.5 days and no one had mentioned that Monday it was shut. It was like a poor waste land, luckily we found a good café that was open and sat outside in... More 

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You will enjoy walking around, checking all kind of stores, cheap stuff and good quality produce, unique coffee shops, international food, cheese and great people around.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just full of retro clothing, in other words items of clothing that people have thrown away and are being sold to silly people that pay more for the items than they cost new. however some great food shops and friendly people

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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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