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Toronto Kensington Market
Toronto Kensington Market

Toronto Kensington Market

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533 Reviews
Bordered by Spadina Avenue, Dundas Street, Augusta Avenue, and College Street, Toronto

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.

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Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown
Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown
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$43.51 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fun and extremely educational!
Awesome guide and delicious (lots of them) snacks along the way. Our day had rain but didn't interfere in the least.
vicki561, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Toronto

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Kenningston market
Mabel, Sep 2020
Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown
Tim, our guide was quite knowledgeable and friendly. Slow pace which was perfect 😀 he went above and behond. Ended up being a private tour which made the experience even better!
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Highly Recommended!
Albert_T, Mar 2020
Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour
Very personable and knowledgeable Guide. We enjoyed the tour very much! We would do another tour with this provider.
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My taste buds were happy
JENNIFER_M, Feb 2020
Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour
Excellent day of exploring our taste buds and learning some interesting food and historical facts along the way. A definite must do if you’re a foodie! The tour guide Jusep was courteous, well informed and provided a welcoming atmosphere.
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Informative and fun.
zMelz, Sep 2019
Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown
In addition to a great tour, Mike handled a pretty major philosophical difference with incredible tact and good humor. As a bonus, we managed to find a needed replacement men’s jacket for $20 at one of the vintage clothes stores that Mike pointed us to! Very fun hunting!
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Very pleasant couple of hours
BecM197, Sep 2019
Kensington Market By The Sidewalk Food Tour
Our guide was very knowledgeable. I lived in Toronto a few years ago, and I learnt new things about the city. The food was amazing and plentiful. Don't have a huge breakfast before taking this tour!
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a day packed into 2.5 hours
Mike B, Sep 2019
Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown
our guide, mike, was outstanding !!! we talked,laughed, and ate our way through these historic areas. learned so much from mike and even got a bonus stop at a historic music venue since a was a music nut.
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Kensington Market Tour
leonardd319, Aug 2019
Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour
We toured the Kensington Market with Jessica. She is a great tour guide. My wife and family had a great time. We highly recommend her as a tour guide.
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Excellent tour and perfect guide
StuartA1959, Aug 2019
Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour
Jessica was the perfect guide for this visit to the Kensington market and neighborhood--much more we expected of a food tour. She was able to explain and answer our many questions, whether about the various types of foods and their origins or about the area's culture, politics, history, architecture, and art. Learning so much and getting to know Jessica was definitely one of the highlights of our visit to Toronto
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Excellent!
Sightsee139777, Jul 2019
Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown
The weather was with us for a wonderful walk and talk by our clear speaking leader. Highly recommended. The Chinese bakery was unique and lots of fun.
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Kensington Market
Wander05728962356, Aug 2019
Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour
The tour was great and the food excellent. Glad we got to sample the different cultures in the neighborhood.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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