Like the rest of these well-known Little Bohemias, Kensington is a district with a remarkably intimate, communal feel against the backdrop of a bustling metropolis. Colorful brick buildings, prayer flags and front lawn kitsch are hallmarks of this unique neighborhood where counterculture runs wild.
Within this neighborhood is the Kensington Market, a collection of shops and restaurants, where the diverse cultures of the community converge. What began in the early 20th century as a Jewish marketplace has developed over time to include strong Rastafarian, Latino and Buddhist influences.
Family-run businesses and open-air produce stands are prevalent as the citizens have managed to stonewall big box stores such as supermarket chains and price clubs. And on Pedestrian Sundays - the last Sunday of the summer months (May thru September) when the market's main roads are closed off to cars - many Kensingtonians take to the streets in front of their homes to sell their wares, be them vintage China or hand woven hemp backpacks.
It's a community effort to keep Kensington cozy for its citizens and welcoming for its fun-loving visitors.
Kensington lives within the borders of College Street, Spadina Avenue, Dundas West and Bathurst. Most of the Market's cafes and shops are located along Baldwin Street, Augusta Avenue, Nassau Street and Kensington Avenue.