Everything You Need To Know About Food & Drinks In Kensington Market

Kensington Market is one of the oldest and most diverse neighbourhoods in Toronto, stacked with cafes, restaurants, bars, vintage stores, and more. It’s the type of place you can discover new things every time you visit, with their ever-changing shops and graffiti-marked alleys.

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Location:

Kensington Market is situated just to the west of downtown Toronto, bordered by Spadina Avenue, Dundas Street, Bathurst Street and College Street. It’s extremely accessible by public transit.

From Bloor-Danforth Line (Line Two): Take the 510 Spadina Streetcar West south, get off at College or one stop further south.
From Yonge/University Subway: Take the College/Dundas Streetcar West, get off at Spadina or the next stop.
From Union Station: Take the Queen’s Quay/Spadina streetcar. Ride along the lake, where it turns north on Spadina and get off at Dundas or the next couple of stops.

Walking is definitely the easiest way to get around if you’re already in the downtown area. Parking is very limited.

 

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When To Visit:

The best time to shop is between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm, even though a bunch of grocery and fresh vegetable stores open before. Obviously, bars and restaurants open later. The market is open seven days a week except for New Years and Christmas.

What To Eat & Drink

While there are TONS of places to eat and drink in Kensington Market, we’re going to break down our favourites for you. Due to the multicultural vibe of the area, you can find almost any type of cuisine here, you can expect to find any kind of food here from Mexican to Salvadorian and Portuguese. Whether you’re looking for a snack, sit down or takeout meal, we’ve got you covered.

There are a mind-boggling array of places to eat and drink in Kensington Market, whether you’re looking for a quick snack, takeout, or a sit-down meal.

Nu Bügel: If you’re looking for some Montreal-style bagels, this spot is for you.

 

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Seven Lives: Known as one of the best taco spots in the city, this cash-only taqueria fixes up Baja-style tacos and seafood.

 

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Otto’s Berlin Döner: Bright counter-serve style with patio serving Berlin-style kebabs & currywurst. It’s greasy and delicious.

 

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Torteria San Cosme: This casual spot won’t disappoint with the variety of tasty Mexican sandwiches (one of my personal favourites).

 

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Jumbo Empanadas: An authentic Chilean eatery offering meat and vegetable empanadas, along with corn pies.

 

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Pizzeria Via Mercanti: A classic small family-operated Italian restaurant offering thin crust pizza, homemade pasta and paninis at lunch.

 

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Hibiscus: If you’re searching for something lighter, you can enjoy an organic and gluten-free buckwheat crepe (sweet or savoury).

 

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Pancho’s Bakery: Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Indulge in the most mouthwatering churros.

 

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Wanda’s Pie in the Sky: Known as a historical landmark in the city, the bakery is filled with freshly baked cakes, pies, tarts and lots more you’ll want to devour immediately upon arrival.

 

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Blackbird Baking Co.: This adorable bakery sells the freshest baguettes, bread loaves, cakes, tarts, buns and more.

 

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Cheese Magic: This sample-generous cheese shop offers some of the most delicious variety in the city.

 

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There are obviously lots of other incredible places but these are our go-to spots. Make sure to stop by Moonbeam Coffee Company or FIKA Café, if you want to stop at a cozy cafe to enjoy a warm latte. If you’re looking for an alcoholic beverage, check out the semi-hidden cocktail bar called Cold Tea or grab a craft beer from Kensington Brewery Company.

 

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