Kensington Market – Toronto
Just west of downtown Toronto you’ll find the vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhood of Kensington Market.
Covering an area of about 6 x 2 city blocks Kensington can best be described as an open air market containing an eclectic mix of brightly-decorated shops, clothing stores, and restaurants, mixed in with a number of old Victorian style homes.
Bordering on Chinatown the area has one of the most culturally mixed demographics in North America.
At the beginning of the 20th century it was the starting point in Canada for many Eastern European Jewish immigrants. Then came the Italians. After World War II Spanish and Portuguese newcomers made Kensington their home. In the 70’s and early 80’s the neighbourhood saw an influx of Vietnamese refugees as well as new arrivals from the Caribbean.
Latest census data reveals that the Kensington market area is home to people originating from over 70 different countries.
Each wave of new arrivals brought with them their language, their culture, and most deliciously their cuisine!
The options for restaurants and street food in Kensington market cover pretty much the entire globe.
An abundance of street-art, peaceful cultural diversity, a huge variety of cuisine choices, and an overall bohemian atmosphere are some of the many reasons to check out this accessible neighbourhood the next time you’re in Toronto.
Here’s a few more of the interesting doors we found on our visit.
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