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

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Toronto, Canada

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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.
  • 2-hour small-group walking tour of Kensington Market and Chinatown
  • Learn about these two eclectic neighborhoods from your professional local guide
  • Explore unique shops; visit historical sites; and admire stunning graffiti and street art
  • Small-group size with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience
  • Check out locally-owned and operated eateries, shops, and produce markets and make sure you keep a tally of all the places you’re going to want to come back to later (trust us)
  • Stop for a coffee or tea in one of the local cafes and sample one of the many international foods available in the neighbourhood at a local shop
This walking tour begins at the southwest corner of McCaul Street and Dundas Street West beside the Art Gallery of Ontario. Meet and greet the guide and the rest of the small group and prepare for two hours of adventure around the Kensington Market and Chinatown neighborhoods.

Together, Chinatown and Kensington Market are often bustling, friendly places to visit. Each has its own distinctively different reputation for local and international delicacies, unique vendors and specialty shops — like nowhere else in Toronto. Because they are located right next to one another, it provides a perfect opportunity to explore both in a relatively short amount of time.

Kensington Market is a distinctively multicultural neighborhood, evolving from a working-class Jewish market into a working-class bohemian market. With so many different immigrants settling here over the past century, there is now an ample variety of colors, sounds and flavors from all over the world. Witness the vintage shops, cafes, bakeries and bars, plus the plethora of bare brick walls that have been artfully covered with stunning graffiti murals and street art.

One street over is Chinatown, an area that was first developed in the late 19th century. Enjoy learning about the local stories and interesting history of Canada's largest Chinese community and one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. It’s also one of the busiest areas of the city, with shops, restaurants, historic monuments and more extending along Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, located to the west of the center of the city.

The tour ends at the Dragon City Shopping Centre.
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Toronto Urban Adventures
Ask any local and they’ll tell you – one of the best things to do in Toronto is to explore two of the city’s most colourful and multicultural neighbourhoods – Chinatown and Kensington Market. On this Toronto walking tour you'll have the chance to get up close and personal with both of these local favourites, experiencing the rich history, vibrant cultures, and iconic uniqueness both Chinatown and Kensington Market are known for. The streets around Chinatown and Kensington Market are often crowded, but always friendly. With a reputation for local and international delicacies, unique vendors, and specialty shops, there really is nowhere else like this in Toronto. Distinctively different, yet undeniably and inherently similar, these two neighbourhoods sit right next to each other, offering both a wonderful juxtaposition, and interesting compliment to one another – perfect for exploring together on this unique tour of Toronto.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kensington Market
In Kensington Market, over a coffee or tea at a local cafe, you’ll learn how the neighbourhood has evolved from a working-class Jewish market into a working-class bohemian market. Several waves of immigrant settlement over the past century have splashed colours, sounds, and flavours from the four corners of the earth throughout Kensington Market, and yet there is not a McDonald's or Starbucks to be seen. Large multinational corporations are decidedly unwelcome, and unlikely to migrate their way in anytime soon. One of the many highlights of this tour is a visit to a local food vendor to awaken your taste buds to Kensington Market’s international flavour. Aside from its aversion to corporations, the neighbourhood is known for its festivals (Pedestrian Sunday is a favourite), vintage shops, cafes, bakeries, hole-in-the-wall bars, and the many, many bare brick walls that have long been covered with graffiti murals (often at the request of the buildings’ owners). These murals are nearly all stunning, and have become one of the iconic features of the neighbourhood. Your local guide will be happy to elaborate on any element of the neighbourhood you find particularly interesting on this Kensington Market tour in Toronto – we all love this area a lot!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Chinatown
As we said, right next door to Kensington Market is Chinatown, one of Canada's largest Chinese communities, and one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. One of the busiest areas in the city, there’s always something happening, and always tales to tell. On this part of your Toronto tour, your guide will enlighten you with some favourite local stories and intriguing history surrounding Toronto’s Chinatown. Along the way, you’ll also likely get restaurant recommendations, which can really come in handy for after your Toronto Chinatown tour – trust us, there are a lot of places to eat around here.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown.

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Fun and extremely educational!
vicki561
, Oct 2019
Awesome guide and delicious (lots of them) snacks along the way. Our day had rain but didn't interfere in the least.
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Informative and fun.
zMelz
, Sep 2019
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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a day packed into 2.5 hours
Mike B
, Sep 2019
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.
star-5
Excellent!
Sightsee139777
, Jul 2019
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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Excellent tour !!
patsinton
, Jul 2018
I lived in Toronto for 40+ years before I moved to Florida. Mike, our tour guide was excellent and I discovered many new things about my home town!! I would highly recommend this tour.
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We thoroughly enjoyed learning about...
Tracy L
, Apr 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the history of Kensington Market and Chinatown. Well worth the tour!
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A fairly long walk through two...
Paul K
, Oct 2017
A fairly long walk through two adjacent areas of Toronto. Guide decided to meet about 100 yards away from the advertised meeting spot which added to my stress if not his. View of the Grange, its surrounding architecture and the development of the park a good start. History of immigration into Canada and Toronto fascinating and the views of the Graffiti alleys interesting. Not much specific history about China Town apart from the Lucky Moose legal precedent. Kensington Market a more amenable subject for a tour and the guide warmed to his theme. Pleasant group to walk with and worth the cash and effort but more background colour and some effort from the guide would have been welcome.
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Highly recommended and loved this...
Leah
, Aug 2017
Highly recommended and loved this walking tour. I went to Toronto to attend a conference and found this walking tour on viator. I heard other people talking about this tour, at the conference. Try it - you will not be disappointed. Kensington is amazing. My only suggestion is that the tour company may get a few samples or discounts along the way through Kensington. But don't let my suggestion stop any one from trying out this walking tour.
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Mike was very friendly and...
Robert K
, Jun 2017
Mike was very friendly and knowledgeable. I enjoyed this tour.
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This was a great experience! Our...
Adam K
, May 2017
This was a great experience! Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. My children were engaged the whole time and they learned so much about the history of both Chinatown and Kensington market! I highly recommend this tour!

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