Kensington Market is one of Toronto’s most culturally unique and colourful neighbourhoods that offers a truly original experience.
Explore the market’s enticing maze of alleys and narrow streets. Admire Victorian architecture right next to colourful dwellings from the 60s. Enjoy brightly coloured murals, eccentric stores, scintillating bakeries and atmospheric cafes and restaurants.
Its rich history of blended cultures and flavours, along with its vibrant boho vibe and irresistible charm, have turned Kensington Market into the eclectic and beloved gem it is today.
How to get to Kensington Market
Location: Kensington Market is a neighbourhood bordered by Spadina Avenue, Dundas Street, Bathurst Street, and College Street in Toronto.
By car: Parking is limited near Kensington Market. However, there are paid Green P parking lots nearby.
Know before you go
Though the area is open seven days a week, each shop and restaurant has its own hours of operation. You can find business hours through the market’s directory.
Most of the shops in the market are closed on Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1).
Check with individual retailers for information on accessibility.
Things to do at Kensington Market
Discover more activities and experiences.
Winter solstice festival
Interesting Facts about Kensington Market
The current area started in 1815, when the land was secured for a large estate by George Taylor Denison, one of the wealthiest landowners in Canada at the time. A few decades later, the land was split into small plots and sold to immigrants.
The first wave of immigrants came from Eastern Europe. Throughout the 20th century, a second wave of immigrants came from Italy, Portugal, the Caribbean, Latin America and Southeast Asia. People came to this area to both live and work in the market, creating the iconic street life that continues today.
Last updated: February 14, 2024