Everything You Need To Know About Shopping In Kensington Market

Everyone who has been to Kensington Market immediately falls in love with its charming stores, funky vibes and old Victorian buildings. We’ve spent a LOT of time in Kensington and wanted to share some of our insider knowledge as there are so many things to do – it can even get overwhelming.

 

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Where To Shop

One of the best things about Kensington Market is the insane amount of vintage and independent shops all in one neighbourhood. We won’t be able to cover everywhere you can shop, but we will highlight our favourites:

Blue Banana Market

Find speciality items like jewellery, home accessories, books, kitchenware and so much more. Shop here if you’re looking for gifts.

 

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Kid Icarus

Local handmade items like gift wrap, printed items and birthday cards. Sometimes they even offer screen printing workshops!

 

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EXILE

All vintage clothing and accessories – the perfect place if you’re shopping for a Halloween costume.

 

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Courage My Love

 

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One of our favourite places to shop for the most wonderful vintage treasures, vintage cashmere sweaters, $2 rings, and other trinkets. They have tons of beads and stones that allow you to create your own accessories, as well as ready-made pieces.

Bungalow

Shop remade vintage clothing and accessories, as well as new pieces from unique fashion lines. They also have furniture and home decor to peruse.

 

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Essence of Life

The perfect spot to find natural vegan food items and eco-friendly products for your skin.

 

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Anice Jewellery

Browse through one of a kind jewellery, combined with new and old pieces. They specialize in reworking old treasures and creating custom rings, bracelets, necklaces and more.

 

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Cocktail Emporium

If you’re looking to revamp your cocktail bar – you absolutely have to check out this incredible store. It’s the only store of its kind in Toronto, filled with neon colours and vintage aesthetic. The store sells bitters, glassware, bar carts, coasters, accessories, home decor and lots of other things you didn’t realize you need until you’re inside.

 

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Vintage Depot 

Selling a variety of high-end brands like Canada Goose, Burberry and more with MAJOR discounts. The store is small but well organized with a great selection of clothing. This is a great place to go if you need some new fur in your life.

 

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Travel Tips and Mistakes To Avoid

From the Spring to Fall, Kensington Market becomes completely car-free on the last Sunday of every month. These are coined “Pedestrian Sundays” and usually have street vendors, performances, music and more to check out. Kensington also puts on a Winter Solstice parade and festival on December 21 to celebrate the long night of the year.

It’s also good to keep in mind that if you’re visiting on a Monday, many of the smaller stores are closed.

 

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