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There's a reason we have a tour of Kensington Market: it's awesome.
While we don't want to spoil the fun of the tour, we do want to share some of our fave places in Kensington, just in case you don't make it on the tour.
Full of coffee shops, vintage boutiques, bars, restaurants, food shops, street art, and everything and anything you could ever want, Kensington is one of Toronto's most historic and beloved neighbourhoods. It's random, and that's why we love it.
For coffee, you can't go wrong anywhere (all local shops, no chains), but we're partial to new kid Fika (28 Kensington Ave) for their stellar back patio (with a hammock!).
Pop your head into Sanagan's Meat Locker (176 Baldwin St) just for a look-see (they also have sammies, soups, and salads on order), and for a unique local souvenir, check out the poster prints in Kid Icarus (205 Augusta Ave) - they frequently have ones of Bellwoods Brewery's beers (another place in the app). Dinner at Pizzeria Via Mercanti (188 Augusta Ave) won't disappoint.
When it's time to get your drink on, just because Kensington quiets down, doesn't mean there aren't plenty of places to hit up. A wicked beer selection awaits at Thirsty & Miserable, funky jazz and a great patio are hidden away at Poetry, and if you can find it, secret bar Cold Tea (and its dim sum lady) will keep you entertained long into the evening.
FYI, the last Sunday of every month (May - October) is Pedestrian Sunday, with all streets closed to traffic, and food stalls, performers, bands, etc. cropping up and entertaining everyone all afternoon.
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