Kensington Market, the bohemian side of Toronto

Kensington Market is a vibrant area, said to be among the best street markets in North America. I loved ambling along, taking the atmosphere in, smelling the smells of faraway places, watching locals go about their business and tourists like me taking photos and window-shopping. Diversity is the name of the game.

This is what you see when you turn right off Dundas St. into Kensington Ave. Row upon row of colourful Victorian homes converted into shops selling everything from Indian silk scarves to second-hand jeans to cheeses from around the world:

Kensington Market

People from all walks of life live and shop at Kensington Market. Like the lady in grey, who happens to be a bloke, doing the shopping:

Kensington Market

Spices galore! The air smelled of exotic spices and delicious foods: Chinese, Indian, Thai, Chilean, Mexican; you name, it’s there:

Kensington Market

Gioconda is eyeing some belts. Which one should she buy?

Kensington Market

Alternative means of transport?

Kensington Market

Kensington Market is one of the most fun areas to stroll and shop in Toronto.

Kensington Market is Toronto's most fun and quirky open air market. The shops sell everything from Indian silk scarves to cheeses from around the world.

About Ana O

Hi, I'm Ana. I'm originally from Argentina but I'm currently living in Dallas (USA) with my British husband. I'd like to share my experiences as an expat and as a traveller.

12 thoughts on “Kensington Market, the bohemian side of Toronto

      1. and I now live in Jersey…so I am an expat too! Great to see your site, really brough back some lovely memories for me!

  1. Funky markets like this one are great for people-watching…oh yeah, and buying stuff. 😉 I wish I could find all those exotic spices here in Necochea!

  2. Hola Ana! I am going here tomorrow and am in Toronto now. Thanks for photos, comments. I would like to see Sud America porque necisito una escuela Immersion para practicar y aprender Español.

      1. Ok, French, Asian, Middle Eastern, Mexican food today- Had some of 1,2,4 but French was just an iced latte. Wish I waited for the crepes. Lots of photos to post later. Need to avoid subway @ rush hr. unless a traveler likes being squished like a sardine- got off a train to wait for a less crowded one. Sent from Droid tablet

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