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Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown

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Discover two of Toronto's most colorful and multicultural neighborhoods — Kensington Market and Chinatown — on this guided, 3-hour, small-group walking tour. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Toronto’s legendary Chinatown. Then explore the unique, bohemian atmosphere of Kensington Market, one of Toronto’s most popular and eclectic neighborhoods. Learn about the history of these areas and visit the locally-owned and operated eateries, unique shops and produce markets while wandering the hidden lanes and alleyways, whose brick walls are filled with stunning graffiti and street art.
  • 3-hour small-group walking tour of Kensington Market and Chinatown
  • Learn about these two eclectic neighborhoods from your professional local guide
  • Explore unique shops; visit historical sites; and admire stunning graffiti and street art
  • Small-group size with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience
  • Check out locally-owned and operated eateries, shops, and produce markets and make sure you keep a tally of all the places you’re going to want to come back to later (trust us)
  • Stop for a coffee or tea in one of the local cafes and sample one of the many international foods available in the neighbourhood at a local shop
  • This tour is carbon neutral, operated by the world’s largest travel B Corp accredited company.
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Local English-speaking guide
Stop for a coffee or tea in one of the local cafes
Sample a snack at a local food vendor
Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Toronto’s legendary Chinatown
Explore the unique, bohemian atmosphere of Kensington Market
Walk the hidden lanes and alleys to discover amazing graffiti art
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional snacks and beverages
Dundas St West at McCaul St , Toronto, ON M5T 1G4, Canada

Meet at the SW corner of McCaul St and Dundas St West, beside the Art Gallery of Ontario

10:00 AM
Spadina Avenue , Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada

Dragon City Shopping Centre (SW corner of Spadina Ave. and Dundas St. West)

This walking tour begins at the southwest corner of McCaul Street and Dundas Street West beside the Art Gallery of Ontario. Meet and greet the guide and the rest of the small group and prepare for two hours of adventure around the Kensington Market and Chinatown neighborhoods.

Together, Chinatown and Kensington Market are often bustling, friendly places to visit. Each has its own distinctively different reputation for local and international delicacies, unique vendors and specialty shops — like nowhere else in Toronto. Because they are located right next to one another, it provides a perfect opportunity to explore both in a relatively short amount of time.

Kensington Market is a distinctively multicultural neighborhood, evolving from a working-class Jewish market into a working-class bohemian market. With so many different immigrants settling here over the past century, there is now an ample variety of colors, sounds and flavors from all over the world. Witness the vintage shops, cafes, bakeries and bars, plus the plethora of bare brick walls that have been artfully covered with stunning graffiti murals and street art.

One street over is Chinatown, an area that was first developed in the late 19th century. Enjoy learning about the local stories and interesting history of Canada's largest Chinese community and one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. It’s also one of the busiest areas of the city, with shops, restaurants, historic monuments and more extending along Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, located to the west of the center of the city.

The tour ends at the Dragon City Shopping Centre.
Stop At:  
Kensington Market
In Kensington Market, over a coffee or tea at a local cafe, you’ll learn how the neighbourhood has evolved from a working-class Jewish market into a working-class bohemian market. Several waves of immigrant settlement over the past century have splashed colours, sounds, and flavours from the four corners of the earth throughout Kensington Market, and yet there is not a McDonald's or Starbucks to be seen. Large multinational corporations are decidedly unwelcome, and unlikely to migrate their way in anytime soon. One of the many highlights of this tour is a visit to a local food vendor to awaken your taste buds to Kensington Market’s international flavour. Aside from its aversion to corporations, the neighbourhood is known for its festivals (Pedestrian Sunday is a favourite), vintage shops, cafes, bakeries, hole-in-the-wall bars, and the many, many bare brick walls that have long been covered with graffiti murals (often at the request of the buildings’ owners). These murals are nearly all stunning, and have become one of the iconic features of the neighbourhood. Your local guide will be happy to elaborate on any element of the neighbourhood you find particularly interesting on this Kensington Market tour in Toronto – we all love this area a lot!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
As we said, right next door to Kensington Market is Chinatown, one of Canada's largest Chinese communities, and one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. One of the busiest areas in the city, there’s always something happening, and always tales to tell. On this part of your Toronto tour, your guide will enlighten you with some favourite local stories and intriguing history surrounding Toronto’s Chinatown. Along the way, you’ll also likely get restaurant recommendations, which can really come in handy for after your Toronto Chinatown tour – trust us, there are a lot of places to eat around here.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This is a child-friendly tour.Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
  • Summers can be hot and humid, spring/autumn can be cool, and winters downright frigid with snow. Dress according to weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Tour involves a good amount of walking; comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at the website
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Intrepid Urban Adventures - Canada
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the social distancing policy during Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Walking Tour of Toronto's Kensington Market and Chinatown?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Wonderful walking tour....
, Jun. 2022
Wonderful walking tour. Slow paced and never felt rushed. Tour guild bought pastries and drinks in China town for us to try. It was a very nice touch for our small group. Very informative about the areas we covered. Highly recommended.
Very worthwhile experience.
, Jun. 2022
Great introduction to the area with a fantastic guide who had an incredible amount. of knowledge of the history of the area I went back to Kensington Market and Chinatown a further two times in my week there as a result of this tour.
Great time!
, May 2022
Neal our guide was very knowledgeable in all the areas we visited today & he is a. Excellent tour guide! We learned a lot of Kensington market & Chinatown area & would recommend this tour to anyone visiting g Toronto for the first time
Kenningston market
, Sep. 2020
Tim, our guide was quite knowledgeable and friendly. Slow pace which was perfect 😀 he went above and behond. Ended up being a private tour which made the experience even better!
Fun and extremely educational!
, Oct. 2019
Awesome guide and delicious (lots of them) snacks along the way. Our day had rain but didn't interfere in the least.
Informative and fun.
, Sep. 2019
In addition to a great tour, Mike handled a pretty major philosophical difference with incredible tact and good humor. As a bonus, we managed to find a needed replacement men’s jacket for $20 at one of the vintage clothes stores that Mike pointed us to! Very fun hunting!
a day packed into 2.5 hours
, Sep. 2019
our guide, mike, was outstanding !!! we talked,laughed, and ate our way through these historic areas. learned so much from mike and even got a bonus stop at a historic music venue since a was a music nut.
, Jul. 2019
The weather was with us for a wonderful walk and talk by our clear speaking leader. Highly recommended. The Chinese bakery was unique and lots of fun.
Excellent tour !!
, Jul. 2018
I lived in Toronto for 40+ years before I moved to Florida. Mike, our tour guide was excellent and I discovered many new things about my home town!! I would highly recommend this tour.
We thoroughly enjoyed learning about...
Tracy L
, Apr. 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the history of Kensington Market and Chinatown. Well worth the tour!
A fairly long walk through two...
Paul K
, Oct. 2017
A fairly long walk through two adjacent areas of Toronto. Guide decided to meet about 100 yards away from the advertised meeting spot which added to my stress if not his. View of the Grange, its surrounding architecture and the development of the park a good start. History of immigration into Canada and Toronto fascinating and the views of the Graffiti alleys interesting. Not much specific history about China Town apart from the Lucky Moose legal precedent. Kensington Market a more amenable subject for a tour and the guide warmed to his theme. Pleasant group to walk with and worth the cash and effort but more background colour and some effort from the guide would have been welcome.
Highly recommended and loved this...
, Aug. 2017
Highly recommended and loved this walking tour. I went to Toronto to attend a conference and found this walking tour on viator. I heard other people talking about this tour, at the conference. Try it - you will not be disappointed. Kensington is amazing. My only suggestion is that the tour company may get a few samples or discounts along the way through Kensington. But don't let my suggestion stop any one from trying out this walking tour.
Mike was very friendly and...
Robert K
, Jun. 2017
Mike was very friendly and knowledgeable. I enjoyed this tour.
This was a great experience! Our...
Adam K
, May 2017
This was a great experience! Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. My children were engaged the whole time and they learned so much about the history of both Chinatown and Kensington market! I highly recommend this tour!
Thanks Mike for a great day. It was...
Eloise H
, Apr. 2017
Thanks Mike for a great day. It was both informative and fun. I appreciate you taking us to Jimmy coffee to, they have brilliant coffee. I would differently recommend this tour to others.
A very interesting tour with the...
Suzanne C
, Nov. 2016
A very interesting tour with the best guide! We loved Kensington market and even went back the following day to the bagel cafe for their delicious bagels.
Outstanding tour guide Mike who knew...
, Oct. 2016
Outstanding tour guide Mike who knew both history and culture and who answered everyone's questions with patience. Even as the tour was going past the appointed time he wanted to share with us his love of the city.
Initially, the tour was okay but it...
Sarah R
, Sep. 2016
Initially, the tour was okay but it soon went downhill walking through rough ghettos. This is not what I expected and we felt like we were wasting time and money on this tour. Not what I expected at all, it was a tour of people's houses and creepy back alleys. We didn't feel safe. Not recommended!
Charming and well informed guide. We...
Renee L
, Jul. 2016
Charming and well informed guide. We loved the tour.
The tour was excellent! Highly...
Carrie R
, Jun. 2016
The tour was excellent! Highly enjoyable and informative. Mike was funny and interesting and cool. My 14yo son had been unsure about sticking out the whole 2 hours, thinking it'd be boring. But he enjoyed it too, and was amazed at how fast the time flew. Definitely recommend to anyone.

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