The next time you visit Toronto, don’t skip Kensington Market. This is an eclectic neighbourhood, spanning between Spadina and Bathurst, and College and Dundas. While it’s a longer trek from Anndore House, it’s a diverse, vibrant place where you can spend the day sitting in local cafés or shopping at the many one-of-a-kind boutiques.
Pro-tip: on select Sundays, Kensington Market hosts ‘Pedestrian Sundays’, where the streets are closed to vehicles and taken over by artists, musicians, and local vendors showcasing their wares.
Come with us as we spend a perfect day at Kensington Market!
We recommend starting your day at Egg Bae to fuel up for your adventure. They serve deliciously crafted items that are, obviously, egg forward – from a classic breakfast burger to a cured citrus lemon salmon burger and prime rib burger. Once you’ve had your fill, it’s time to hit the shops!
If vintage is your vibe, head over to CrazyLoko Vintage, where you’ll find thoughtfully curated vintage garments, from band tees to designer brands to denim.
Now that you’ve found that perfect fit, you may want to check out some of the unique and delightful food shops. Global Cheese, the Coral Sea Fish Market, House of Spice, the Kensington Fruit Market, Perola’s Supermarket, and Sanagan’s Meat Locker are just some of the many grocers where you’ll find locals picking out the perfect ingredients for their next culinary creation.
After all that shopping, it might be time to relax for a bit in one of the cute cafés – we recommend Cafe Pamenar. They have trendy coffee and small bites to delight and reinvigorate. During the evening, they shift to more of a bar-feel, and often feature live music and dancing!
Finish off your adventure with delicious cocktails and Latin-inspired dishes at El Ray Mezcal Bar, and be sure to follow Kensington Market on Instagram to stay up to date with all of the upcoming festivals and ticketed events!