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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

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

Toronto's Kensington Market

This walking tour begins at the southwest corner of McCaul Street and Dundas Street West at the large Henry Moore sculpture 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.

Customer Reviews

Renee L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Charming and well informed guide. We loved the tour.

Jonna H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our guide Matt was wonderful. He was knowledgeable, interesting, and funny. I would recommend anyone take the tour.

Mathona A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our guide Mike was excellent as his commentary had just the right mix of facts and humour. I would highly recommend this tour.

Carrie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was excellent! Highly enjoyable and informative. Mike was funny and interesting and cool. My 14yo son had been unsure about sticking out the whole 2 hours, thinking it and #39;d be boring. But he enjoyed it too, and was amazed at how fast the time flew. Definitely recommend to anyone.

oren t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

wonderful.
great balance between joy and knowledge:

Natalie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had an excellent time as one half of a 4 person tour during our recent stay in Toronto. This was the only walking tour I booked, but it has very much sold me on booking Urban Adventures tours for future city breaks. Having already covered a large amount of downtown Toronto during our holiday, Kensington and Chinatown were completely different than anywhere we'd already been. The history component of the tour gave us a great background for what we were seeing and Mike made sure we experienced first hand the modern sights, tastes and smells of the areas. We made sure to go back to the excellent bagel shop for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed our wood fired bagels. Make sure to ask him about his illustrious acting career!

lawrence p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Ask for Ted. He's THE BEST!!! Great tour...as simple as that!!!

msd2doc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Mike was a great tour guide. He was very informative and knowledgeable about the area and its history. I would highly recommend this tour with Mike.

greg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a small 4 persons but very interesting group with an excellent tour guide: Mike. Mike lives in one of the neighborhoods we visited and knew the area history, local architecture, and many of the store owners. I can highly recommend this tour and Mike as a tour guide.

loretta c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I Very much enjoyed the tour of Kensington, and Chinatown, it was nice to have a small group o people.
the tour guide mike had a great deal of historical knowledge. learned a lot of local history and colour
well worth the time and money invested.

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