Kensington Market is one of the oldest and most diverse neighbourhoods in Toronto. This bohemian area is known for international cuisine, trendy bars, and vintage shops that could easily fill an afternoon of exploring. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite places in Toronto’s Kensington Market.
Where is Kensington Market in Toronto?
In the centre of Toronto is Kensington Market, one of the oldest and most diverse neighbourhoods in the city. Kensington is located just west of the downtown core and is a designated National Historic Site of Canada. The district is bordered by Bathurst Street, Dundas Street, College Street, and Spadina Avenue.
The easiest way to get around Kensington Market is to use Toronto’s public transit system on one of the four direct-access streetcar lines. Get off at the College, Dundas, or Spadina stops. Parking areas are limited, especially on weekends. If you’re downtown, walking is the ideal way to explore the area.
What street is Kensington Market on?
The main streets for shopping and dining are along Augusta Avenue, Nassau Street, Baldwin Street, and Kensington Avenue.
Is Kensington Market pedestrian-only?
If you’re booking a weekend break in Toronto, remember that several Sundays during the year parts of Kensington Market are closed to traffic. The area becomes a pedestrian-style mall, affectionately known as ‘Pedestrian Sundays’.
What to Do in Kensington Market
Kensington Market is a favourite amongst residents and visitors to Toronto when it comes to a diverse selection of shops, bars, and restaurants. The prime time for shopping is between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. although some of the stores open earlier. A variety of stores sell vintage clothing, artwork, furniture, jewellery, and decorative accessories for the home. Here are some of the best stores in Kensington Market.
Enjoying your favourite beverage and dining out is always a treat in Kensington Market. The district has plenty of patio dining options and an interesting atmosphere. Bars and restaurants can be casual, romantic, formal and upscale, or just fun, and a lot of the restaurants and entertainment venues are open until late in the evening. The market is also home to the largest cluster of coffee shops in Toronto. Everything from Fair Trade to in-house coffees is served. Here are some of the best spots to dine or drink in Toronto’s Kensington Market.
Where to eat in Kensington Market
- Seven Lives
- Rasta Pasta
- Jumbo Empanadas
- Last Temptation
- El Trompo
- The Burgernator
- Otto’s Berlin Doner
Where to drink in Kensington Market