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Located just behind Chinatown (incidentally, the largest collection of people from China outside of China), Kensington Market is a fresh breath of (almost fresh) air and an escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto business life. Personally, I actually enjoy a bit of hustle and bustle (I lived in Seoul, South Korea for six months, which makes Toronto look slow). However, the diverse collection of cultures and foods that I could find in Kensington Market was something I’ll never forget.
My favourite part about Kensington Market, and the area in general, is this stat: 34.59% of the residents in the Kensington walk to work, compared with only 7.10% of Torontonians from neighbourhoods elsewhere. Some may argue that this is because the residents are too poor to own a car (definitely possible), but I will always remember the freedom I felt when I could walk down the middle of the street without having to watch for oncoming cars. It felt good.
From my experience, the Market area seems to be mainly a large collection of hippies – determined to keep the Kensington Market from ever being especially profitable for anyone, hipsters – determined to pay too much money for new clothes that look like they’re old, yuppies – responsible for driving the rental prices too high, and everyone else. The “everyone else” was my favourite part. You can get food from Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean all in the same block. It’s an experience unlike any other.
When you’re in Toronto, make sure you check out the Kensington Market. I guarantee you’ll find something you like.