Things to do in Kensington-Chinatown

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Kensington-Chinatown, Toronto

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  • martingerardkelly
    Burnfoot, Ireland234 contributions
    We visited here today. Very impressed indeed. There is great support for local (Canadian) and indigenous artists. Some of the work is highly impressive. Lots of prolific work from folks, particularly documenting the early dawn of Canada as a nation in the 19th century. Beautiful work indeed. And the wonderfully named Group of Seven in the 20th century were similarly impressive. Well done AGO! The exhibited work by KAWS was also impressive & we'll worth seeing.
    Written December 6, 2023
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  • Aerowing
    Monee, IL5,039 contributions
    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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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK2,704 contributions
    Chinatown in Toronto is quite a cool area. There are lots of shops selling all sorts of things. It may be memorabilia, food or restaurants and cafes.

    Spadina Avenue is definitely a focal point and where this road meets Dundas it is a big crossing. Watch out for traffic, cyclists and streetcars if you are on foot!
    Written November 11, 2023
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  • Stefan Overton
    Colchester, UK168 contributions
    Split into two, divided by a road, this is a fun area of Toronto with statues for Kings and Queens in the parks.

    Notably Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II statues with plaques.

    Fun to explore if visiting.

    Fun Fact: QV never actually visited Canada ever!
    Written February 11, 2024
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  • Nkem O
    Bexleyheath, UK81 contributions
    This was a lovely little museum, and my experience was greatly enriched by the personalised tour guide. The history over the years is amazing. Unfortunately there wasn’t much furniture at the time I visited, but it is a nice place to spend about an hour or so.
    Written September 25, 2021
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  • Christoph B
    Hamburg, Germany13 contributions
    Native Canadian art is certainly something o e would need to delve into in order to gain an understanding. While the galeries in Yorkville seem to specialize in high-priced canvas painting, the Bay of Spirits has prints, watercolours and originals. And, of course, soapstone carvings. The owners are very accomodating and friendly. It goes without saying that they are not pushy at all. I had a great time there and I am happy with what I chose.
    Written October 2, 2018
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  • trainfan2000
    Hamilton, Canada2,590 contributions
    The design of this college is really quite unique. It appears to be a large box supported by pencils - very unique. You can wander inside and check out the interior design but it is a working art school so be prepared to mingle with the tattooed and coloured hair sported by quite a few of the students. Worth checking out if you are in the area.
    Written October 4, 2018
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  • Keenomanjaro
    Croydon, UK181 contributions
    If you're moving between Downtown and Chinatown/Kensington Market, try to route your walk through this smart little park. The park itself is well maintained and a nice green spot in the heart of the city with plenty of people relaxing in the grass and kids enjoying the play facilities. It is however, greatly enhanced by the neighbouring Ontario College of Arts and Design building, which has a highly unusual annex called the Sharp Centre which stands on tall stilts and dominates one end of the park. Also of note is a fantastic Henry Moore sculpture (Two Large Forms) at the West side of the park.
    Written September 2, 2019
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  • aspoe093
    Pierre, SD622 contributions
    The beer here was awesome. Loved the atmosphere here and even got to watch some of Spiderman!! I really enjoyed this place and had a great time here.
    Written July 29, 2022
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK2,704 contributions
    My family was taking me on a tour of Kensington Market and we had a very enjoyable time exploring the area and going in shops and checking out some of the street art.

    Close by is Bellevue Square which is a small park on the edge of the market. It is a nice area with benches.

    There were a few tents there when we visited so some people have used this area to set up temporary home. It's so sad that they have to sleep on the streets. I hope they will be able to get some help from the authorities.
    Written November 18, 2023
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  • ConnorYM
    Edmonton, Canada264 contributions
    I viewed the relaxed performance of Bug, a deeply personal and current story told by Yolanda Bonnell. The space was very conducive to her presence while allowing the audience to connect with each other across the surrounded stage, and I truly felt comfortable even while being drawn into such a wrenching tale.

    A great thing about TPM: they are aiming to make 50% of their productions in 2021 relaxed! This will open up the space to so many more audiences who otherwise are excluded from these kinds of artistic events. You’re encouraged to spend an evening here and show your support!
    Written February 22, 2020
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  • david n
    Manchester, UK4,729 contributions
    Whilst the church is quite large, it does not have the "wow" factor of other but there are some lovely stained glass windows and the whole interior is nicely painted in gentle pastels.
    Written January 13, 2023
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  • Barbara E
    Toronto, Canada174 contributions
    This is my second visit to the gallery and I am as impressed this time as I was the first visit. The paintings by Sylvia Tait are stunning-brilliant blues and their complementaries in blocky compositions. Really wonderful.
    Written November 19, 2019
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  • Shai & Huvi
    Israel344 contributions
    We went on a weekday and the doors were locked but the outdoors was very nice and telling of the Jewish community of the area and era.
    Written February 29, 2016
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