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Toronto Kensington Market Tours and Activities

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Toronto Kensington Market
Eclectic, diverse, and graffiti-slathered, Toronto's Kensington Market neighborhood is one of the city’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.
Address: Bordered by Spadina Avenue, Dundas Street, Augusta Avenue, and College Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Admission: Free
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18 Tours and Activities to Experience Toronto Kensington 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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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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  • 2 hours
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Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour

Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour

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Taste your way through Kensington Market, home to one of the most diverse food scenes in Toronto. Visitors are often overwhelmed by choice if exploring alone. Instead, join a guide and head straight to the area’s best eateries, where you skip notoriously long lines to sample at least 6 international cuisines—from Tibetan momos to Jamaican patties.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$74.52
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Downtown Toronto Bike Tour

Downtown Toronto Bike Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Luxury Small-Group Toronto City Tour

Luxury Small-Group Toronto City Tour

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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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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kensington Market By The Sidewalk Food Tour

Kensington Market By The Sidewalk Food Tour

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The historic Kensington Market in Toronto is home to an eclectic mix of businesses and vendors. This walking tour gives you a taste of some of the delicious spots to fill up. An international mix of flavors is on the menu as you explore the streets of Kensington with your guide.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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Small-Group Toronto Kensington Market and Chinatown Walking Tour

Small-Group Toronto Kensington Market and Chinatown Walking Tour

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Canada is often described as a “Cultural Mosaic,” and Toronto exemplifies its diversity. Booming Chinatown, with its novelty tea shops, ethnic markets, and stunning street art. Continue through Kensington Market, the definition of the Canadian melting pot. Explore and taste more specially food stops than you can count. Fall in love with the eclectic shops through diverse authentic streets. If you are a curious local, a “New Canadian” or just a visiting for the day, let TopDogTours take you on the walk of a lifetime.
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  • 2 hours
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Toronto Great Canadian Food Tour

Toronto Great Canadian Food Tour

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Taste your way through one of Toronto’s most popular neighborhoods on a Canada-themed food tour of Kensington Market. In addition to gaining a local perspective on the eclectic National Historic Site, going with a guide enables you to try a variety of classic dishes, from First Nations cuisine to French-Canadian poutine. Bring an appetite: Food tastings on the 3-hour itinerary equate to a hearty dinner.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Toronto Kensington Market and Chinatown Walking Tour in English

Private Toronto Kensington Market and Chinatown Walking Tour in English

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Canada is often described as a “Cultural Mosaic,” and Toronto exemplifies its diversity. Booming Chinatown, with its novelty tea shops, ethnic markets, and stunning street art. Continue through Kensington Market, the definition of the Canadian melting pot. Explore and taste more specially food stops than you can count. Fall in love with the eclectic shops through diverse authentic streets. If you are a curious local, a “New Canadian” or just a visiting for the day, let TopDogTours take you on the walk of a lifetime.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Toronto Bike Tour: The Essentials

Toronto Bike Tour: The Essentials

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This bike tour shows you both essential sights and hidden gems of Toronto, and the whole experience feels like you are on a casual ride with a local friend that loves telling stories. We even keep the groups sizes small for a more intimate, personalized experience. This intro tour covers awesome must-see spots - we ride along the Lake Ontario waterfront, past the CN Tower, through the University of Toronto, and down Graffiti Alley, home to almost a mile of murals and artworks where you'll want to snap lots of photos. We'll also visit Kensington Market, a bustling neighbourhood of ethnic food and vintage clothes shops! Everyone has been loving our Norco Scene bikes - they are super comfortable and so much fun to ride! A refreshing drink will be offered. If you've never taken a bike tour before, you are more than welcome. We stop every 10-15 min or so to hear local stories & info, check out public art, or snap photos. Join us to learn all about Toronto's multicultural success story!
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  • 3 hours
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Exploring Kensington Market, Chinatown and the Art Gallery of Ontario audio tour

Exploring Kensington Market, Chinatown and the Art Gallery of Ontario audio tour

Explore the colourful streetscape of two of Toronto’s most popular neighbourhoods with Jane Herman of On the Town Tours. Start this self-guided GPS audio tour in one of the most “Instagrammable” spots: the south side of the Art Gallery of Ontario and end the tour at Kensington Market. Along the way, you'll pass by the iconic OCAD University and Chinatown. Jane expertly helps you navigate your way through the proliferation of street artists, vintage clothing stores, speciality markets, and unique eateries, providing invaluable suggestions about where to stop along the way. The tour is ready whenever you are. It plays audio automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smart phone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline. Start the tour in the app and put your phone in your pocket. The directions are clear and easy to follow and are great for both tourists as well as locals looking for a fun afternoon.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Food Tour, Toronto Chinatown with A Food Writer/Chef

Food Tour, Toronto Chinatown with A Food Writer/Chef

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Let Us Feast Together! Insider Food + History Tour + Foodie Tour + Walking Tour + more food with a Local Food Writer/Tea Sommelier/Chef Insider We will walk historical Chinatown & explore the sights and sounds enroute to eat traditional barbecue, bone broth, steamed buns, hand pulled noodles, meat prepared with spices,seafood, desserts.... I am a chef, food lover & tea sommelier who grew up in Toronto's original Chinatown in my Chinese grandfather's rooming house, where we ate from-farm-to-table, including raising live chickens in the basement. I am a world traveler- from Afghanistan to the Yucatan- using inspirations from my Canadian-Chinese roots, I fuse the flavors of both East and West in my culinary adventures. I have been featured at supper clubs & chef talks.I have written a series of e-cookbooks and a magazine celebrating tea and culinary foods. Be Hungry!
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  • 3 hours
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Tasting Foods Tour International Bites Through Kensington Market

Tasting Foods Tour International Bites Through Kensington Market

Find your adventure by experiencing Toronto's amazing diversity through food Adventure through the most eclectic and unique neighborhood in Toronto Enjoy delicious tastings (vegetarian and no pork options available) Leave feeling like you've been taken around the world
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Toronto Guided City Tour

Private Toronto Guided City Tour

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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.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Toronto: Book a Local Host

Toronto: Book a Local Host

Your local host will lead you off the tourist trail to discover the best kept secrets in Toronto that your guidebook doesn’t even know about. See the art hub and best hipster hangout of the city while learning about the history. Discover the unique personality of the city through the best food spots and peculiar shops loved by locals. Explore markets, where growers, butchers, and fishmongers display their best produce. Relax on one of the beaches and discover quirky buildings while you walk through some of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Price varies by group size
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Toronto Walking Tour: Hidden Gems

Toronto Walking Tour: Hidden Gems

Your local host will lead you off the tourist trail to discover the best kept secrets in Toronto that your guidebook doesn’t even know about. See Toronto’s art hub and hipster hangout of the city. Learn about the history of the city, and discover the unique personality of the city through the best food spots and peculiar shops loved by locals. Explore markets, where growers, butchers, and fishmongers display their best produce. Relax on one of the beaches and discover quirky buildings while you walk through some of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host who will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$104.55
Price varies by group size
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$104.55
Price varies by group size
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Must See Toronto With A Local Host

Must See Toronto With A Local Host

Your local host will lead you off the tourist trail to discover the best kept secrets in Toronto that your guidebook doesn’t even know about. See Toronto’s art hub and best hipster hangout of the city. Learn about the history of the city, and discover the unique personality of the city through the best food spots and peculiar shops loved by locals. Explore markets, where growers, butchers, and fishmongers display their best produce. Relax on one of the beaches and discover quirky buildings while you walk through some of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host who will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible so during the experience you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.46
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Market2Market

Market2Market

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This tour ticks off many of the boxes of the locations which tourists love to visit when in the city. You will learn about the culture of the city while walking through both historic neighbourhoods and ultra modern sky-scrapers. During this 3 hour tour you will walk from the east end of the city to the west end and on the way get to see many of the city's most interesting landmarks. The tour has been designed to hit many of the main locations that guests ask about when visiting the city.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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$29.30
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Toronto Food Tour: Taste the World in Kensington Market

Toronto Food Tour: Taste the World in Kensington Market

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Savor multicultural cuisine on this 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, exploring the area's best vendors, stores and bakeries. Sample frybread from Canada's Indigenous people, Syrian hummus, and a special sweet concoction the melds some of Canada's favorite flavors. 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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.65
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