The Best of Toronto

Canada, Toronto Guide (B): The Best of Toronto

Kensington Market is Toronto’s most diverse and fascinating neighborhood. This means a lot considering that Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The city has many ethnic neighborhoods like Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Italy, and Little India. While these enclaves are mainly occupied by a specific ethnic group, in Kensington Market they all mix together resulting in a weird and unique place.

The history of the neighborhood starts in the 1880s when small houses were built to accommodate Irish and Scottish immigrants. In 1910, the area received a massive wave of Jewish immigrants. The area became known as ‘The Jewish Market’ because people used to sell things in front of their houses. After World War II, the Jewish population was replaced by immigrants from Caribbean, the Middle East, South America and Asia. Each wave of immigrants contributed to add more color and diversity to the area we see today.

Kensington Market is a celebration of Toronto’s multicultural heritage. Its charm derive from its chaotic scenery. The remaining Victorian houses are painted in vibrant colors. There’s beautiful graffiti everywhere. Second hand clothes stores, burger joints, organic fruit stands, vegan ice creams, and tattoo shops coexist side by side. The area is filled with strange and wonderful shops, cafes and restaurants. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: The Best of Toronto
Guide Location: Canada » Toronto
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Kensington Market   Chinatown Centre complex   Casa Loma   CN Tower  
Author: Ligia Pereira
Read it on author's website: http://lilyoverseas.com/kensington-market/

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