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Toronto Kensington Market Tours

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Toronto Kensington Market
Eclectic, diverse, and graffiti-slathered, Toronto's Kensington Market neighborhood is one of the city’s most distinctive enclaves. The district is packed with produce vendors, food sellers, vintage clothes shops, bric-a-brac boutiques, buskers, cafés, and restaurants, and attracts a steady stream of bohemian types.
 
The Basics
Kensington Market is Toronto at its vibrant, multicultural best. While the neighborhood can be explored independently, going with a tour guide can be helpful. Not only can they point out the best spots for cheap eats, but they can also elaborate on the history and evolution of one of the most fascinating parts of Canada’s largest city. Toronto food tours, which also often cover spots in neighboring Chinatown and Little Italy, frequently visit the market.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kensington Market is a must for foodies, bargain-hunters, and people-watchers.
  • Bring cash. While many vendors accept credit cards, not all do, and there is often an extra charge for purchases under a certain amount.
  • Try your hand at haggling. Not all vendors’ prices are fixed.
 
How to Get There
With limited parking and heavy traffic, driving is not advised. The best way to get here is by public transit. Take the Spadina or Bathurst streetcar to College Street, or the College or Dundas streetcar to Spadina Avenue. Both will put you just a short stroll from the market.
 
When to Get There
In the summer, on the last Sunday of the month, Kensington Market goes car-free, and pedestrians rule the roads, making it a particularly nice time to wander around on foot. The market is pretty much always busy, but never more so than on weekends. If you want a little extra elbow room while you browse, go midweek. Expect a reduced level of street activity in winter.
 
Navigating Kensington Market
For vintage shopping, browse the secondhand stores occupying the brightly painted Victorian buildings along Kensington Avenue, between Dundas Street West and Baldwin Street. Augusta Avenue, between Dundas and College streets, is the market’s bustling main strip. Turn off here onto side streets, such as Nassau Street, to find some hideaway cafés in which to rest and recoup.
Address: Bordered by Spadina Avenue, Dundas Street, Augusta Avenue, and College Street, Toronto, Canada
Admission: Free
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Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and ChinatownCultural Tours

Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown

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Discover two of Toronto's most colorful and multicultural neighborhoods — Kensington Market and Chinatown — on this guided, 2-hour, small-group walking tour. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Toronto’s legendary Chinatown. Then explore the unique, bohemian atmosphere of Kensington Market, one of Toronto’s most popular and eclectic neighborhoods. Learn about the history of these areas and visit the locally-owned and operated eateries, unique shops and produce markets while wandering the hidden lanes and alleyways, whose brick walls are filled with stunning graffiti and street art.
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Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food TourWalking Tours

Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour

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Taste your way through Kensington Market, home to one of the most diverse food scenes in Toronto. Visitors are often overwhelmed by choice if exploring alone. Instead, join a guide and head straight to the area’s best eateries, where you skip notoriously long lines to sample at least 6 international cuisines—from Tibetan momos to Jamaican patties.
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Downtown Toronto Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Downtown Toronto Bike Tour

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Get to know the best of Toronto on this guided, 3.5-hour bike tour. Learn about the history, culture and architecture of the largest city in Canada, along with some of its fascinating stories and facts. Ride through the bustling downtown district as well a few scenic areas off the beaten path. This tour includes the sights and sounds of the CN Tower, Chinatown, Kensington Market, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto City Hall and much more. Use of a bike and helmet, plus granola bars and water are included.
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Exploring Kensington Market, Chinatown and the Art Gallery of Ontario audio tourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Exploring Kensington Market, Chinatown and the Art Gallery of Ontario audio tour

Explore the colourful streetscape of two of Toronto’s most popular neighbourhoods with Jane Herman of On the Town Tours. Start in one of the most “Instagrammable” spots: the south side of the Art Gallery of Ontario and end the tour at Kensington Market. Along the way, you'll pass by the iconic OCAD University and Chinatown. Jane expertly helps you navigate your way through the proliferation of street artists, vintage clothing stores, speciality markets, and unique eateries, providing invaluable suggestions about where to stop along the way. The tour is ready whenever you are. It plays audio automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smart phone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline. Start the tour in the app and put your phone in your pocket. The directions are clear and easy to follow and are great for both tourists as well as locals looking for a fun afternoon. The tour takes about an hour without stopping, but you can pause anytime!
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Small-Group Toronto Kensington Market and Chinatown Walking TourCultural Tours

Small-Group Toronto Kensington Market and Chinatown Walking Tour

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Canada is often described as a “Cultural Mosaic,” and Toronto exemplifies its diversity. Booming Chinatown, with its novelty tea shops, ethnic markets, and stunning street art. Continue through Kensington Market, the definition of the Canadian melting pot. Explore and taste more specially food stops than you can count. Fall in love with the eclectic shops through diverse authentic streets. If you are a curious local, a “New Canadian” or just a visiting for the day, let TopDogTours take you on the walk of a lifetime.
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Private Toronto Kensington Market and Chinatown Walking Tour in EnglishPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Toronto Kensington Market and Chinatown Walking Tour in English

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Canada is often described as a “Cultural Mosaic,” and Toronto exemplifies its diversity. Booming Chinatown, with its novelty tea shops, ethnic markets, and stunning street art. Continue through Kensington Market, the definition of the Canadian melting pot. Explore and taste more specially food stops than you can count. Fall in love with the eclectic shops through diverse authentic streets. If you are a curious local, a “New Canadian” or just a visiting for the day, let TopDogTours take you on the walk of a lifetime.
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  • Free Cancellation
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Toronto Walking Tour - Arts, Food & Culture (GROUP TOUR)Architecture Tours

Toronto Walking Tour - Arts, Food & Culture (GROUP TOUR)

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Dive into the beating heart of Toronto on a 2-hour walking tour through the city’s most popular neighborhoods. Going with a guide eliminates the stress of planning and leaves you with an in-depth overview of each trendy area on the itinerary, including Queen Street, Chinatown, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Kensington Market. Bottled water is provided for your comfort and convenience.
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Half Day Best of Toronto by UberBLACK (Private Tour)Half-day Tours

Half Day Best of Toronto by UberBLACK (Private Tour)

We follow the lead of Toronto’s laid-back attitude on this three hour privately guided tour that uses Uber Black to take us between sites. Rather than having a car and driver at our beck-and-call, We’ll combine walking with hopping in one of Uber’s premium vehicles when distances are too far. The result is a tour that has a more go-with-the-flow vibe, where we show you our favourite city highlights and go in-depth on our two feet without sacrificing convenience. Think of it as an Anthony Bourdain-style tour, where you’re not on a tight schedule and get a truly local experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Bikes, Bites & Toronto's Gems!Mountain Bike Tours

Bikes, Bites & Toronto's Gems!

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While other bike tours focus on Toronto's main attractions, this tour goes off the beaten path to display Toronto's many forgotten charming neighbourhoods and local haunts. To push the envelope further, this is the only bike tour that offers guests a glimpse into Toronto with a food element. On tour there are a few stops at local vendors where snacks will be given to add another dimension to the tour.
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Luxury Small-Group Toronto City TourHalf-day Tours

Luxury Small-Group Toronto City Tour

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Discover the sights and sounds of downtown Toronto and beyond on this guided, 6-hour sightseeing tour. Visit some of the city’s most popular locations as well as a few hidden gems on an exciting, small-group adventure. See the iconic CN Tower and Rogers Centre, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto City Hall, Queen’s Quay and the Harbourfront neighborhood, plus the historic Distillery District, multicultural Kensington Market, Chinatown, and much more. A local hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this comprehensive small-group tour.
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Full Day Private Guided Toronto Vehicle Tour Half-day Tours

Full Day Private Guided Toronto Vehicle Tour

Our signature six-hour curated day tours bring together everything that makes Toronto great. The city's most dynamic neighbourhoods, iconic landmarks, cultural site, culinary treasures and more await. From Parkdale's west-side grit to the Junction's eclectic charm, from swanky Yorkville to easygoing Riverside, the 'Best Of Toronto' itinerary is continuously updated to reflect the city's ever-changing character. An excellent option for the travellers looking to experience authentic Toronto's highlights and good food & drink. With luxury private transportation we will pick you up from your hotel and include coffee/tea, lunch and a selection of tastings and bevy’s from some of Toronto’s great gems.
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Chinatown & Kensington Market Food TourHalf-day Tours

Chinatown & Kensington Market Food Tour

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On our 3-hour guided tour of Kensington Market & Chinatown, we visit seven unique tasting locations. We begin our tour in Chinatown where we visit small businesses operated by families who serve a variety foods from across China before entering into the heart of Kensington market. The food is vibrant and exciting and bolstered by the fascinating stories of how they arrived in Toronto. You’ll have enough to eat for a hearty and satisfying lunch with dishes that include dumplings, Dan Dan Noodles, fish & chips and a Jamaican Patty plus more. All food and drink tastings are included in the ticket price. We even throw in a water bottle to keep you hydrated!
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Great Canadian Food TourWalking Tours

Great Canadian Food Tour

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Taste your way through one of Toronto’s most popular neighborhoods on a Canada-themed food tour of Kensington Market. In addition to gaining a local perspective on the eclectic National Historic Site, going with a guide enables you to try a variety of classic dishes, from First Nations cuisine to French-Canadian poutine. Bring an appetite: Food tastings on the 3-hour itinerary equate to a hearty dinner.
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Private Toronto Guided City TourFull-day Tours

Private Toronto Guided City Tour

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Explore Toronto’s history, culture and top attractions like a VIP during this 2.5-hour private sightseeing tour by luxury sedan or SUV. Sit back and relax in your high-end ride as you visit top Toronto sights including the CN Tower, one of its six Chinatowns, the Harbourfront, the Hockey Hall of Fame and historic Fort York, plus much more. As you travel, enjoy fun Toronto commentary and trivia from your guide, along with tips on where to eat, drink and hang out during your stay. Please note: Tour is priced per group. Choose between a luxury car that seats up to 3 people or a luxury SUV that seats up to 6 people.
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Full Day Private Guided Toronto Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Full Day Private Guided Toronto Walking Tour

Discover Toronto's roots on this six-hour walking tour that traces the city's beginnings as York, the second capital of Upper Canada, and charts its journey into the multicultural metropolis it is today. Explore the St-Lawrence Market, rated as one of the best market in the World. Then step back in the 1850’s as we wonder the cobble stone streets of the Distillery District. In the Afternoon we will check out Toronto's less buttoned-down neighbourhoods. Hunt for treasures in quirky Kensington Market, explore Toronto trendy art scene and walk hip Queen Street West to colourful Graffiti Alley. Tales of the City's sometimes old past - add a dimension of character to some of the city's unique areas. We include morning coffee/tea, an evening drink as well as lunch and tastings of local delicacies for a complete local experience of the city.
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Half Day Private Guided Toronto Vehicle Tour Half-day Tours

Half Day Private Guided Toronto Vehicle Tour

With luxury private transportation we will pick you up from your hotel and help you discover Toronto's roots on this three-hour tour that traces the city's beginnings as York, the second capital of Upper Canada, and charts its journey into the multicultural metropolis it is today. Explore the St-Lawrence Market, rated as one of the best market in the World. Then step back in time as head over to the Distillery district where you can perfectly imagine thriving the whiskey production of the 1850’s. We will end the tour by hunting for treasure at Kensington Market, one of Toronto's more eccentric neighbourhoods. We include tasting of local delicacies throughout the tour for a complete Toronto experience of the city.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Full Day Best of Toronto by UberBLACK (Private Tour)Half-day Tours

Full Day Best of Toronto by UberBLACK (Private Tour)

We follow the lead of Toronto’s laid-back attitude on this privately guided tour that uses Uber Black to take us between sites. Our signature six-hour curated day tours bring together everything that makes Toronto great. Rather than having a car and driver at our beck-and-call, We’ll combine walking with hopping in one of Uber’s premium vehicles when distances are too far. The result is a tour that has a more go-with-the-flow vibe, where we show you our favourite city highlights and go in-depth on our two feet without sacrificing convenience. Think of it as an Anthony Bourdain-style tour, where you’re not on a tight schedule and get a truly local experience. We will pick you up from your hotel and include coffee/tea, lunch and a selection of tastings and beverages from some of Toronto’s great gems.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Food Tour, Toronto Chinatown with A Food Writer/ChefHalf-day Tours

Food Tour, Toronto Chinatown with A Food Writer/Chef

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Let Us Feast Together! Insider Food + History Tour + Foodie Tour + Walking Tour + more food with a Local Food Writer/Tea Sommelier/Chef Insider We will walk historical Chinatown & explore the sights and sounds enroute to eat traditional barbecue, bone broth, steamed buns, hand pulled noodles, meat prepared with spices,seafood, desserts.... I am a chef, food lover & tea sommelier who grew up in Toronto's original Chinatown in my Chinese grandfather's rooming house, where we ate from-farm-to-table, including raising live chickens in the basement. I am a world traveler- from Afghanistan to the Yucatan- using inspirations from my Canadian-Chinese roots, I fuse the flavors of both East and West in my culinary adventures. I have been featured at supper clubs & chef talks.I have written a series of e-cookbooks and a magazine celebrating tea and culinary foods. Be Hungry!
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Tasting Foods Tour International Bites Through Kensington MarketPorts of Call Tours

Tasting Foods Tour International Bites Through Kensington Market

Find your adventure by experiencing Toronto's amazing diversity through food Adventure through the most eclectic and unique neighborhood in Toronto Enjoy delicious tastings (vegetarian and no pork options available) Leave feeling like you've been taken around the world
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Toronto Food Tour: 'Taste the World' in Kensington MarketWalking Tours

Toronto Food Tour: 'Taste the World' in Kensington Market

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Savor multicultural cuisine on this walking food tour of downtown Toronto’s Kensington Market. Learn about Toronto’s fascinating food history and its influences from around the world. Roam the streets of this eclectic district, exploring the area's best vendors, stores and bakeries. Sample frybread from Canada's Indigenous people, Syrian hummus, and a special sweet concoction the melds some of Canada's favorite flavors. This small-group tour is limited to 10 people to ensure an intimate atmosphere. The series of tastings adds up to a hearty lunch; all tasting fees are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Toronto Arts, Food & Culture Walking Tour - Local Private Guided TourPrivate and Luxury

Toronto Arts, Food & Culture Walking Tour - Local Private Guided Tour

See Toronto from a perspective often missed by visitors on this concise but comprehensive walking tour through Toronto’s hippest neighborhoods. In addition to personal attention from your private guide, enjoy little-known facts and stories about landmarks and hidden gems in Kensington Market, Queen Street West, Grange Park, and Nathan Philip Square. Round-trip hotel transport is included for your convenience.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Kensington Market By The Sidewalk Food TourHistorical Tours

Kensington Market By The Sidewalk Food Tour

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The historic Kensington Market in Toronto is home to an eclectic mix of businesses and vendors. This walking tour gives you a taste of some of the delicious spots to fill up. An international mix of flavors is on the menu as you explore the streets of Kensington with your guide.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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