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Toronto Kensington Market
Toronto Kensington Market

Toronto Kensington Market

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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$43.89 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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Great experience
Michelle_R, Oct 2021
Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour
Jesup the guide was super friendly, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. We really enjoyed being tourists in our own city and experience a taste of the Kensington market.
star-5
This was a fantastic food...
Mark_H, Oct 2021
Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour
This was a fantastic food tour! Such a nice variety of tastings around the world. Our guide was local and shared great stories about the history of the community. We left FULL!
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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!
star-5
Kensington Market Food Tour...Do it!
James_T, Oct 2021
Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour
Jusep (owner) was our guide and made the tour so much fun. Very knowledgeable, philosophical and funny. Food sampled was amazing and highly recommend.
star-5
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!
star-5
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!
star-5
Excellent tour for both foodies and history buffs.
Joseph_H, Oct 2021
Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour
Friendly tour guide who was very knowledgeable about the history of and culture of Kensington. Wide variety of foods to try.
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Food tour
, Jul 2018
Toronto Food Tour: Taste the World in Kensington Market
My husband and I really enjoyed the tour. The only thing I would change is to provide wet wipes and or hand sanitizer. Also make it known that drinks are not included.
star-5
Highly recommend! Audrey was a...
Susan S, Jul 2017
Toronto Food Tour: Taste the World in Kensington Market
Highly recommend! Audrey was a wonderful guide who presented a wonderful mix of history, fun facts and cultural foods.
star-5
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.
star-5
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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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.

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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