Kensington market © Accordion Chick
A National Historic Site, Kensington Market embodies Toronto's multicultural society. Founded in the early twentieth century by eastern European Jewish immigrants and Italians, the area was renowned for its open-air market, reminiscent of those found in Europe. Home to immigrants from the Caribbean, China, East Africa and Vietnam War veterans, Kensington Market is an infusion of world cultures, all of which have left an imprint in the music, shops and restaurants of the area. A hybrid of cheap eclectic clothing retailers, fresh produce stores, cheese merchants, fishmongers, cafés and general bric-a-brac stores, the Kensington Market area offers a rambunctious downtown atmosphere. The most prominent streets are Augusta Avenue and Kensington Avenue.
Address: Area bordered by Spadina Avenue, Dundas Street, Bathurst Street and College Street
Transport: The market is served by streetcar stops College, Spadina and Dundas
Opening times: Open seven days a week. Most opening hours are from 11am to 7pm, although fresh produce stalls usually open earlier, and restaurants usually close later