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Chinatown and Kensington Market Walking Tour

Where: Toronto, Ontario
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the most eclectic neighbourhoods in Toronto: Chinatown and the Kensington Market. Learn about how this area turned into the bohemian enclave it is today. Tour Chinatown to see where China and Canada collide, then visit the Kensington Market area for graffiti, vintage shops, coffee houses, comic book stores, and everything else decidedly hip.

An unforgettable experience!

On this walking tour, you'll have the chance to get up close and personal with two of Toronto’s most colourful and multicultural neighbourhoods, experiencing the rich history, vibrant cultures, and iconic uniqueness both Chinatown and Kensington Market are known for.

With a reputation for local and international delicacies, unique vendors, and specialty shops, there really is nowhere else like this in Toronto. Distinctively different, yet undeniably and inherently similar, these two neighbourhoods sit right next to each other, offering both a wonderful juxtaposition, and interesting compliment to one another … perfect for exploring together on this unique Toronto tour.

In Kensington Market, you’ll learn how the neighbourhood has evolved from a working-class Jewish market into a working-class bohemian market.  Over the past century, waves of immigrants have splashed colours, sounds, and flavours from the four corners of the earth throughout Kensington Market.  The neighbourhood is known for its festivals, vintage shops, cafes, bakeries, hole-in-the-wall bars, and the many bare brick walls that have long been covered with graffiti murals. These murals are nearly all stunning, and have become one of the iconic features of the neighbourhood.

Right next door to Kensington Market is Chinatown, one of Canada's largest Chinese communities, and one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. During this part of your Toronto tour, your guide will enlighten you with some favourite local stories and intriguing history surrounding Toronto’s Chinatown. 

By the time your Toronto tour is over, we can pretty much guarantee that you’ll want to hang around Chinatown and pop back into Kensington Market on your own for a while to pick up some vintage or one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts, and to devour a truly delicious meal at any of the dozens of tasty spots nearby.  

If you are looking for unique things to do in Toronto, the Chinatown and Kensington Market Walking Tour will show you places to visit in Toronto that you have never thought of or knew were there!

Tour highlights:

  • Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Toronto’s legendary Chinatown.
  • Explore the unique, bohemian atmosphere of Kensington Market.
  • Check out locally-owned and operated eateries, shops, and produce markets.
  • Walk the hidden lanes and alleys to discover amazing graffiti art.

 Season: March to November

Duration:  2 hours approximately

Meeting location:The tour begins at the  the Art Gallery of Ontario, beside the large red "AGO" sign.

Need to know:

  • Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge.

  • Snacks, beverages, souvenirs, and gratuities for your guide are not included.

  • Dress according to weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • Maximum group size: 12

The Chinatown and Kensington Market Walking Tour will show places to visit in Toronto that you would never think of. 

The Chinatown and Kensington Market Walking Tour takes place at Toronto, Ontario. VIEW MAP

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