Kensington Market Tours

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Eclectic, diverse, and graffiti-slathered, the Kensington Market neighborhood is one of Toronto’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.
Location
Address: Bordered by Spadina Avenue, Dundas Street, Augusta Avenue, and College Street, Toronto, Canada
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Ultimate Toronto Tour

Sample the top Toronto sights during this comprehensive 5-hour tour with a small group. Travel with no more than 11 guests as you explore landmarks like the sky-high CN Tower (including an obligatory observation deck visit) and the mysterious Casa Loma gothic castle before enjoying a scenic harbor boat cruise with great views of the Toronto skyline. Visits to other Toronto attractions including Dundas Square, Eaton Centre, St. Lawrence Market and much more are also covered, as well as round-trip hotel transport, and skip-the-line entrance.
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Small-Group Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown

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 Food Tour

Discover the culinary delights of Kensington Market on this 3-hour food walking tour in Toronto. Bordered by Little Italy and Chinatown, Kensington Market boasts a multiculturalism that is reflected in the variety of its cuisine. Follow an in-the-know guide and taste everything from jerk chicken and empanadas to good old Canadian comfort food. You’ll visit eateries popular with locals and learn about the city’s history along the way.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Toronto Guided City Tour

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Toronto Food Tour: Kensington Market Sweet and Savory

Savor multicultural cuisine on this 2.5-hour 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, including a stop in Chinatown, exploring the area's best vendors, stores and bakeries. Sample Chinese dim sum, Mexican sweets and other favorites. 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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Toronto Small-Group City Tour

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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Downtown Toronto Bike Tour

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Toronto Private Tour

When visiting Toronto, enjoy a private, guided, 2.5-hour tour for up to three people. Choose from a morning or early afternoon departure, then explore many of the city’s architectural wonders, like the iconic CN Tower and nearby Rogers Centre; the Royal Ontario Museum of art, world culture and natural history; the bustling Toronto Entertainment District; the affluent Yorkville neighborhood; St. Lawrence Market, recognized as the top food market in the world and much more. Downtown Toronto hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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