Kensington Market is a truly unique neighbourhood in Toronto. One of the oldest areas, it is the definition of urban multiculturalism. You’ll find Caribbean patties, Mexican tacos, spices, vegetables, fish, cheese and great cafes. Not just food, though, the area has the best vintage shopping in the city and a large selection of contemporary crafts shops. The neighbourhood is congested, noisy, smelly and lively. You’ll see great street art and people from every walk of life.
Kensington Market is located west of Spadina Avenue, east of Bathurst Street and south of College Street, north of Dundas Street West. The area is very congested especially on the weekends and there is very little-to-no street parking. There is a parking garage on Baldwin Street and a parking lot on Bellevue Ave.
Some of the highlights include the following:
Longboard Living 202 Augusta Avenue Cruising on a skateboard says freedom. 416 901 7787 www.longboardliving.com
Kid Icarus 205 Augusta Avenue I found a true treasure trove of map inspired items (my obsession) among the range of really great crafts, sources are primarily Canadian. The real stand-out are the silkscreened prints and cards, the majority of which are printed by them. They also do custom design work for invitations and event posters. 416.977.7236 www.kidicarus.ca
Blue Banana Market 250 Augusta Avenue It’s a department store of interesting finds, a fantastic mix of crafts. 416 594 6600
Good Egg 267 Augusta Avenue There are some things that are made for each other… peanut butter and jam, eggs and bacon… the food metaphor is intentional and appropriate when describing Good Egg. A quirky, lovely store dedicated to food in a quirky, lovely neighbourhood. No food just food stuff and books. 416 593 4663 www.goodegg.ca
Bungalow 273 Augusta Ave. One of the best vintage stores in an area lousy with vintage. Not just clothes but furniture and housewares. 416 598 0204 www.bungalow.to
Fresh Collective 274 Augusta Ave. Looking for a special dress that you won’t see on everyone you meet? FC is the place to go for pieces that are for the most-part locally designed and truly unique. 416 966 0123 www.freshcollective.com
Model Citizen 279 Augusta Ave. Silkscreening on-site, clothing, accessories, local designers. 416.703.7625 www.modelcitizentoronto.com
Lettuce Knit 86 Nassau Street Inspiring little knitting shop with a range of supplies. Look for the yarn wrapped fence posts outside. 416·203·9970 www.lettuceknit.com
Tom’s Place 190 Baldwin Street One of the best kept secrets of well-heeled Bay Street types. Discounted high-end business attire in Kensington since 1958. 416 596 0297 www.toms-place.com
Hooked 206 Baldwin Street This seafood market was named in the “Best of the City” 2012 issue of Toronto Life magazine. They hold seafood prep and cooking classes including Sunny Dreams of Sushi, Summer Starters and Fish cooking. One of two locations, see the Riverside guide. 647 925 1835 www.hookedinc.ca
Army Navy Deals.ca 199 Baldwin St. Great, sliding piles and stuffed racks of camo, uniform pieces, bags etc.
By far the best vintage shopping in the city is on Kensington Avenue. There are so many shops on this street that naming them will take us a bit longer – vintage store after vintage store lines the street. The grand old dame of vintage in Toronto Courage My Love is located here.