Kensington, also known as Kensington Market, is one of the most fun and eclectic neighbourhoods in the City of Toronto. Located within the city’s downtown core, Kensington borders Spadina Avenue to the east, Bathurst Street to the west, College Street to the north, and Dundas Street West to the south. This makes it one of the smallest villages in Toronto, and yet, it packs in so much. From quirky record stores and indie coffee shops, Kensington Market is characterized by its off-the-beaten-path vibe. Extremely walkable, Kensington Market is best explored on foot and can be easily accessed thanks to the TTC streetcars and buses that serve it. The closest subway stations, St. Patrick and Queen’s Park stations are also only a short walk away. The bohemian neighbourhood has a reputation for being an artist’s haven, so it’s no surprise that you will find street art almost everywhere you look. Meanwhile, it earns its name from the fact that it has nearly 250 independent businesses that operate within its small borders. Businesses range from cheese shops and bakeries to clothing boutiques, specialty grocers, and more. Kensington’s market origins date back to the 1920s when residents began setting up stands and stalls outside their homes to trade goods. The tradition has continued today, which is what gives the neighbourhoods its eccentric, slightly chaotic feel. Outside of the main market area, the neighbourhood features residential streets with Victorian-era homes. Diversity is the name of the game in Kensington market, which means whether you’re an aspiring artist, young professional, student, or family, you can find a place to call home here.