There is a neighborhood not far from downtown Toronto where cracked sidewalks meet murals painted on brick walls. People of all ages and cultures cross paths on the open streets between coffee shops, secondhand clothing stores, and organic restaurants. Welcome to the famous Kensington Market. This unique community’s mellow vibes and vintage aesthetic set it apart from typical downtown scenes, harkening back to the free-love days of the ‘60s and providing a refreshing change of pace for you and your friends to embrace on an afternoon outing.
Some of the boutiques lean toward modern trends, but shops such as Bungalow and Model Citizen encourage a real “come as you are” philosophy, selling quirky trinkets, handmade jewelry, and one-of-a-kind furniture. After more than a century, the area’s still a functioning food market, with fresh, organic produce, meat, and international delicacies, so your gang can gather all you’ll need to cook up a perfect meal after your day in the sun. Put a flower in your hair and take a stroll through Toronto’s diverse and welcoming history.