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Toronto: Small-Group Kensington Market & Chinatown Tour

By Urban Adventures
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Highlights

  • Cultural exploration of two distinct Toronto areas

  • Bohemian atmosphere of eclectic Kensington Market

  • Discovery of sights, sounds & smells of legendary Chinatown

  • Check out locally-owned and operated eateries, shops

  • Stop for a coffee or tea in one of the local cafes

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided walking tour of Kensington Market and Chinatown

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English

  • What's included

    Coffee or tea at a local cafe

  • What's included

    A snack at a local food vendor

Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 5 and younger are not allowed.

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.


What you can expect

Ask any local and they’ll tell you – one of the best things to do in Toronto is to explore two of the city’s most colourful and multicultural neighbourhoods – Chinatown and Kensington Market. On this Toronto walking tour you'll have the chance to get up close and personal with both of these local favourites, experiencing the rich history, vibrant cultures, and iconic uniqueness both Chinatown and Kensington Market are known for.

The streets around Chinatown and Kensington Market are often crowded, but always friendly. With a reputation for local and international delicacies, unique vendors, and speciality shops, there really is nowhere else like this in Toronto. Distinctively different, yet undeniably and inherently similar, these two neighbourhoods sit right next to each other, offering both a wonderful juxtaposition, and interesting compliment to one another – perfect for exploring together on this unique tour of Toronto.

In Kensington Market, over a coffee or tea at a local cafe, you’ll learn how the neighbourhood has evolved from a working-class Jewish market into a working-class bohemian market. Several waves of immigrant settlement over the past century have splashed colours, sounds, and flavours from the four corners of the earth throughout Kensington Market, and yet there is not a McDonald's or Starbucks to be seen. Large multinational corporations are decidedly unwelcome, and unlikely to migrate their way in any time soon. One of the many highlights of this tour is a visit to a local food vendor to awaken your taste buds to Kensington Market’s international flavour.

Aside from its aversion to corporations, the neighbourhood is known for its festivals (Pedestrian Sunday is a favourite), vintage shops, cafes, bakeries, hole-in-the-wall bars, and the many, many bare brick walls that have long been covered with graffiti murals (often at the request of the buildings’ owners). These murals are nearly all stunning, and have become one of the iconic features of the neighbourhood. Your local guide will be happy to elaborate on any element of the neighbourhood you find particularly interesting on this Kensington Market tour in Toronto – we all love this area a lot!

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Activity Location

  • Kensington Market
  • Toronto

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • SW corner of McCaul St and Dundas St West beside the Art Gallery of Ontario.
    • Dundas Street West
    • Toronto Ontario M5T

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