Hippie History in Toronto’s Kensington Market

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Toronto’s Kensington Market is one of the most culturally diverse areas in the city, with people of all origins calling the charming streets of the vibrant neighborhood their home. It may be a melting pot of different backgrounds but the hippie history of Kensington Market is still vividly alive in its daily life.

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The neighborhood is crawling with old hippies and young hipsters, all circling the slightly dilapidated surroundings of Kensington Market. There are organic grocery stores on every corner, next to tattoo parlors, medical marijuana dispensaries and vintage clothing stores. Some of the buildings are beautifully restored, some seemingly deserted. The rough-around-the-edges beauty is weird yet charming.

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The rhythm to life in Kensington is very relaxed

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Traditional Victorian buildings line both sides of Kensington Avenue

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You can find practically anything in Kensington Market’s vintage stores
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kensington market toronto fikaEating in Kensington Market can be a fantastic adventure and a journey around the world. Here you can find Jamaican, Mexican, Thai and Swedish food all in the same block. Many restaurants and cafés also have wonderful patios, great for enjoying a sunny day and some exciting people watching!

Some of my favorite spots in Kensington include:

Fika, 28 Kensington Ave

Seven Lives Tacos y Mariscos, 69 Kensington Ave

Rasta Pasta61 Kensington Ave

The Dirty Bird79 kensington Ave

Otto’s Berlin Döner256 Augusta Ave

Hotbox204 Augusta Ave

Thirsty and Miserable197 Baldwin St

Last Temptation12 Kensington Ave

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