I live in the vibrant and diverse neighbourhood of Toronto known as Kensington Market. I moved here almost 5 years ago and still love it. For those visiting Toronto it’s hard to describe the ‘hood in few words. It has an interesting history with roots as a Jewish market, slowly turning into more of a hub for Portuguese immigrants and today is diverse with influences from all over the world. You are guaranteed to see a few characters if you sit with your coffee and people watch on a Saturday afternoon and there’s no shortage of shopping from food markets, vintage shops, ethnic restaurants, spice shops, paper shops, art galleries and a bunch of places to sit and have a cold beer. The Market is bustling most weekends but the most popular are the Pedestrian Sundays at the end of each month from May – October. The streets are closed to cars and fill up with live music, buskers, street games, dancers, food vendors and more.
“By regularly reclaiming our streets from the mess of traffic and parking, our neighbourhood enjoys the opportunity to express its character. It’s simple, we remove the automobile and the streets become a cultural playground – an expression of our community’s diverse ethnicity, age and interests.” – pskensington.ca
This Sunday I brought my camera with me to capture a few moments. If you’re in Toronto or not far, make it a day trip on the last Sunday of the month. See you there!
Some kids with serious style and serious dance moves.
Lots of characters, and lots of interesting fashion.
The food! This is about 1% of what you can find to eat in the market. Come with an empty belly. (wood burning oven cooked bagels from Nu Bagel)
Leave a pair, buy a pair. Lots of vintage shopping to help you stay cool.