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Kensington MarketToronto

Wander the narrow streets of this lively district to discover fashion and home décor stores, festivals, cafés and restaurants.

Visit Kensington Market to shop at fashion boutiques, sample food from around the world and enjoy free cultural events. The district started out in the 1920s when Jewish families would sell goods from stands set up outside of their homes. Walk along the narrow streets today and you’ll find influences from Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America, among other regions. You will also find elaborate street art and quirky humor on shop signs.

Vintage clothing lovers will enjoy shopping for alternative clothing with original prints on Kensington Avenue, where colorful Victorian houses double up as independent boutiques. Along nearby Augusta Avenue you’ll find more vintage shops as well as one-off jewelry items and home décor goods.

You can also visit Kensington Market to sample food from a range of cultures. Find everything from Mexican burritos and Indian tapas to Italian ice cream and coffee. Experience the sights and smells of exotic spices, fruits and vegetables in the covered fresh-produce market.

Go to Bellevue Square Park to truly appreciate the diversity of the district. Don’t be surprised to see an aging hippy chat to a Rastafarian while street performers execute their daily routines and children play on the swings and slides. Take a seat on a bench and enjoy this cultural melting pot.

Come back for cultural events such as free concerts and dance performances. Take cooking and yoga classes on Pedestrian Sundays, when culture spills out onto the streets without the disturbance of traffic. Dance to the beat of a samba parade during Kensington Karnival’s celebration of the winter solstice. Art enthusiasts will enjoy Nuit Blanche, an all-night contemporary art festival that takes place in October. Find full event details on the market’s official website.

Located just west of downtown Toronto, Kensington Market is a 20-minute walk from the CN Tower. Parking is limited in the neighborhood, especially on weekends. Public transport, such as the bus and streetcar, is a more convenient option.

The Kensington Market is open daily, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Visit the market’s official website for the opening times of individual businesses.


Popular places to visit in Kensington Market

CN Tower
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CN Tower

4.5/5(2,239 reviews)

Take the glass elevator to the lookout points on Toronto’s iconic landmark to enjoy views as far as Niagara Falls or have dinner in high style.

Toronto Eaton Centre
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Treat yourself to a shopping trip in the stores and boutiques of Toronto’s largest mall, which is housed under a striking glass ceiling.

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Rogers Centre
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Royal Ontario Museum
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Royal Ontario Museum

4.5/5(897 reviews)

Canada’s biggest dinosaur, Egyptian mummies and ice-age mammals make this museum one of Toronto’s most popular attractions for the whole family.

Toronto Zoo
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Toronto Zoo

4/5(648 reviews)

A zoological wonderland with animals from all over the globe.

Top things to do in Kensington Market

Kensington Market 'Taste the World' Food Tour
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Kensington Market 'Taste the World' Food Tour

CA $89
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Old Chinatown - Get a Local Chef's Exclusive Perspective.
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Old Chinatown - Get a Local Chef's Exclusive Perspective.

CA $89
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour
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Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour

CA $93
Per adult
Plaza Premium Lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
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Plaza Premium Lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

CA $56
Per adult
Royal Ontario Museum Admission Tickets
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Royal Ontario Museum Admission Tickets

CA $23
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame Tickets
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Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame Tickets

CA $20
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend

Top Hotels in Kensington Market

Toronto Travellers Home
Toronto Travellers Home
1.5 out of 5
588 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $35 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Chinatown, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Spadina Avenue Shopping District, Queen Street and Art Gallery of Ontario. Princess of Wales ...

2.4/5 (388 reviews)

"Central location convenient. Friendly and affordable."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 10, 2020

Toronto Travellers Home
Kensington College Backpackers
Kensington College Backpackers
2 out of 5
280 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON
The price is CA $75 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Kensington Market, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Spadina Avenue Shopping District, University of Toronto - St. George Campus and Queen ...

3.1/5 (273 reviews)
Ill be back!

"Very accommodating and peaceful atmosphere ."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 8, 2020

Kensington College Backpackers
Kensington Apartments
Kensington Apartments
2.5 out of 5
Dundas St. West at Denison Ave., Toronto, ON

Located in Kensington Market, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of Toronto - St. George Campus, Rogers Centre and CN Tower. Ryerson ...

3.1/5 (44 reviews)

"The stay was convenient and affordable. I would stay again when I need a room. John,"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 5, 2020

Kensington Apartments
Dundas Guest House
Dundas Guest House
2 out of 5
292 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON

Located in Chinatown, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Spadina Avenue Shopping District, Art Gallery of Ontario and Queen Street. Princess of Wales ...

1/5 (2 reviews)

"so at this property I attempted to check in on June 30th and was unable to do so after prepaying something in the neighbourhood of 900 American dollars and when I asked about getting a refund as I was unable to check in due to the property owner not allowing me access I was refused my refund being ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2020

Dundas Guest House
Kensington Suites
Kensington Suites
3.5 out of 5
102 Bellevue Avenue, Toronto, ON

Located in Kensington Market, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of Toronto - St. George Campus, Royal Ontario Museum and Ryerson University. ...

Kensington Suites
Toronto Rooms and Suites
Toronto Rooms and Suites
3.5 out of 5
357 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON
The price is CA $69 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Kensington Market, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Ontario Museum, Ryerson University and Toronto Eaton Centre. Metro Toronto ...

3.6/5Good! (215 reviews)

"A great area to stay at if you want to be close to mini stores and eatery’s easy to get in and out and nice to walk around."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 5, 2020

Toronto Rooms and Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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