Kensington Market Toronto

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Mural at Kensington Market Toronto

The Kensington Market Toronto

We visit Kensington Market Toronto. There is no city in Canada that is home to more cultures from around the world. Multiculturalism is very important in the metropolis on Lake Ontario. As Canada's hotspot, Toronto attracts more immigrants than any other city in the country. The Greater Toronto Area's population of over 5,5 million speaks more than 140 languages ​​and dialects. Over 30 percent of the city's residents speak a language other than English or French at home. Around 30 percent of new immigrants to Canada live in the city. That's around 20 percent of all immigrants to the country. Half of Toronto's residents were born outside Canada. This results in a colorful mix of peoples in Canada's largest city. Reason enough for us to take a closer look at the diversity of cultures in Toronto. This makes the Kensington Market a place where you can easily experience Toronto's multicultural mix.



Thrift shop
Thrift shop

Kensington Market Toronto is a culture market

The Kensington Market is adjacent Chinatown. It is located between Spadina Avenue, Dundas, Bathurst and College Street. However, on Spadina Avenue you can't see much of what makes up the market. To do this you have to go a little into the side streets. We choose Bathurst Street and end up in an area that overwhelms us with its mix of shops. These offer goods from all over the world. On the one hand, there is Dickey's boutique, which sells fashion from Tibet, silver jewelry and incense, as well as pashmina and silk scarves. On the other hand, there are second-hand clothes in the shop next to it. These remind me a lot of the flower power era. In any case, Bob Marley, Indian elephants, octopuses and a bird of prey are emblazoned on T-shirts hanging above the door.

The people we meet on the way, are also unmistakably from all parts of the world. A young woman of Arab origin in a long skirt with a headscarf crosses the street. A family with Asian facial features strolls down the street. The fruit-seller, who is filling up his boxes in front of the shop, is of Caucasian descent. A mixture of people from all over the world, whom we meet here.


Mexican Tamales and Flautas at Kensington Market Toronto
Mexican Tamales and Flautas at Kensington Market Toronto


Products from Jamaica, Mexico and the Caribbean at Kensington Market Toronto

Shops and stalls also testify to the diversity of people who have chosen Toronto as their home. Patty King, for example, offers pastries and specialties from the West Indies, including, for example, ground beef on coconut bread from Jamaica. A few steps away, a Mexican offers hazelnuts, poppy seeds, dried peppers, and Mole Verde, the mild-grained sauce you like to serve with meat in Mexico. The next Mexicans, on the other hand, are a little bit sharper. He praises tamales and flautas (tortillas) with the hellishly sharp mole rojo. However, he also has dulces (sweets) on his blackboard in front of the shop. Maybe to reassure the palate of his guests? Finally, Le Ti Colibri offers French-Caribbean cuisine.


Fruit from around the world at Kensington Market Toronto
Fruit from around the world at Kensington Market Toronto


At Kensington Market Toronto there's fruit, cheese smoothies, ice cream - and fashion

Between these specialty shops we find fruit stalls that overflow with tomatoes, peaches, apricots, plums, limes, pineapples and lemons. A cheese shop, on the other hand, promises "Cheese Magic", and in the fruit shop next door, melons are already hanging ready to go in nets above the fruit crates. Murals that are so beautiful that I don't want to call them graffiti are eye-catchers. Discounters like Tom's Place offer "Designer Fashion to Discount Prices". A tattoo shop hides between a butcher and a cafe. A health food store, a shop that sells smoothies and ice cream, and a shop that sells vintage items make for a mess of goods, customers, and sellers. This makes our visit to Kensington Market an experience that brings the diversity of the city up close. Fascinating!


The Market Bakery at Kensington Market Toronto
The Market Bakery at Kensington Market Toronto


Anyone who wants to experience the population of Toronto in everyday life, which is just right on Kensington Market. It's definitely fun to browse the cultures of the world that have found a home in the metropolis of Ontario.


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Kensington Market Toronto

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

2 thoughts too "Kensington Market Toronto"

  1. Thanks for participating in the blog parade! Sounds really interesting the kensigton market, I definitely remember.

    Lg Ina

    1. Dear Ina,

      we love to do it. Kensington Market is very typical of Toronto with its colorful mix of ethnicities. He is a real experience.

      Best regards,

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