Kensington Market is one of my personal favourite places in Toronto. There's always something cool going on no matter what time or day you go. Here's my guide to spending a day in Kensington—food, drinks, and more!
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Okay, so obviously we'll start with coffee. There's Casa Coffee (235 Augusta Ave), Rick's Cafe (281 Augusta Ave), and my personal favourite: The Moonbean Cafe (30 St Andrew St). Moonbean has great coffee, friendly staff, and the atmosphere is very "Kensington."
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So now that you're adequately caffeinated, let's move on to browsing. There's lots of eclectic clothing and accessories to look at. Check out Courage My Love (14 Kensington Ave) for cool vintage clothing, AAA Army Surplus (199 Baldwin Street) for a cool new jacket, or Bungalow ( 273 Augusta Ave) for some cool mid-century furniture!
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You're probably starting to work up an appetite at this point. Let's check out some delicious Kensington food. If you've never been, you've got to try OM Grilled Cheese (66 1/2 Nassau Street). They're serving up a bunch of tasty twists on the classic grilled cheese sandwich. If that's a little too indulgent for your tastes, try Urban Herbivore (64 Oxford St) or Hibiscus (238 Augusta Avenue)!
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And finally, the moment we've all been waiting for. Let's get some brews. I could walk you through the bars in the Kensington area, but really there's only one place you need to go: Ronnie's (69 Nassau St). Ronnie's is a classic, and it's impossible to go wrong. If you're beer-ed out, try their Dark & Stormy.