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“The Hippie place to be”

Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue
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Kensington Market Food Tour
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Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown
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Ranked #29 of 529 things to do in Toronto
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 10 March 2012

For a laid back and relaxed atmosphere with lots of vintage, retro, nature-loving, down to earth crowd and places, no better place than Kensingtom Market. Try out the small cafe at the corner for an amazing espresso. Great bakeries and eateries. And you cant go wrong with a piece of Vinatge cloting or accessory.

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Reviewed 9 March 2012

This place is [--] amazing. Awesome shopping. It may be hard to find if you're a newcomer and it's quite smaller than you may think.

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Reviewed 9 March 2012

Everything you need is at this Market--several streets with all sorts of food, clothing and music shops. Prepare to stay for half a day as you pass music, retro clothing, meat, fish, bread/baked goods and other speacialty shops. The prices are much cheaper than St. Lawrence and the crowd tends to be younger and hipper. We always make this our first stop off the Gardener--just ext Spadina and go north until you hit China Town. Turn left after you see the big dragons and make a right--parking is tough. If you make a left onto College from Spadina, turn left when you see the house with the moose on the front porch roof. On the left you will see a public parking lot.

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Reviewed 8 March 2012

I live on the edge of Chinatown (Spadina Ave.) and Kensington Market. Both are quaint and quirky. Kensington Market is old school Toronto with it's many mom and pop unique stores. There are no box or brand name stores in the area. Kensington has a new large store called Banana and it has multi little shops inside and you pay at one cash. They carry things you would not find elsewhere from kitchen utensils to clothing to imported teas to jewellery. All very reasonable priced. There are vintage clothing stores along the "strip" in Kensington as well as meat market stores and fruit and vegetable stores run by hard working locals. There are also designers that carry their own line of clothing and also a store called Bungalow with 2 locations in the market selling new and used clothing and furniture. A safe area to be in and many teens frequent the area. Chinatown is restaurants and fruit and vegetable stores as well as clothing and we carry everything stores. Many display their wares on the sidewalks. Open early to very late. A safe area as well although West of Spadina on Dundas is not recommended at night but still fairly safe compared to most large Cities. Worthwhile going through both areas. Good local coffee shops who roast their own beans. Don't expect a Starbucks. Plan to spend a good couple of hours between the 2 places that are almost intertwined.

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Reviewed 8 March 2012

A walking tour of the 60s!! Great fun! Mid-Century furniture and a real-life "head-shop!"

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