Explore the diverse tastes and flavours of Toronto’s most eclectic neighbourhood
Kensington Market emerged during the early 1900’s, when Jewish immigrants settled in the neighbourhood. Many of the residents began selling their goods and wares from pushcarts and horse-drawn carriages. Within the boundary of a few square blocks located west of Spadina, a bustling area with narrow streets of residential complexes comprising of small stores and colourful awnings was formed to create an open-air market. Throughout the decades, the market gradually evolved and transformed as each new successive waves of immigrants – European Jews, Italians, Portuguese, Chinese, Jamaican – left their mark on the community and added another layer of cultural diversity.
For our “Kensington Krawl” food tour, you will have the opportunity to enjoy select tastings in the market. You will meet with local merchants and shopkeepers whenever possible during your excursion. Your guide will offer you a background on the history and heritage of this vibrant neighbourhood, with memorable stories and anecdotes. You will discover why Kensington Market is truly a one-of-a-kind place!
Start Time: 11:00 am.
Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours.
Capacity: Up to 12 guests.
Physical Demands: Walking at a leisurely pace – total distance is approx. 1.3 km, standing room only for most stops.
Weather Impact: Tour takes place rain or shine (tour will be adjusted to the weather).
Food: 8 generous tastings are done within Kensington Market.
Dietary Substitutions: Vegetarian and a non-alcoholic option are available. Unfortunately at this time no substitutions can be offered for any other food allergies or restrictions such as gluten-free or dairy-free. We sincerely appreciate your understanding in this matter.