Exploring Toronto’s Kensington Market with baby

Kensington market, baby travel, toddler travelOn Monday I shared our Danforth birthday adventures, well today I’ve got Kensington Market birthday adventures with baby and friends! Great birthday weekend for sure! We did the same hop around in search of food and drink but what really captured my heart and phone is the graffiti art at Kensington Market. This is one of my most recommended spots for tourists because it captures the artsy, cultural and foodie nuances that is at the heart of Toronto. No wonder it’s one of Toronto’s most photographed areas.





Eclectic is definitely a great way to describe Kensington Market.

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The famous potted car
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Independent stores and market vendors comprise a majority of the businesses here and you’re sure to find a healthy mix of cuisines. On this day we tried to explore some new spots but I have to give a quick shout out to some of my all time faves – Mexican at El Trompo, French at Le Kensington Bistro and Chilean Jumbo Empanadas.

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We started our afternoon at Romeo’s Juice stand and while the wait was long, it was slightly appreciated because it gave us time to absorb the extensive list of options. Basically you can have anything your heart desires. For me it was Romeo’s Wake Up Call with beets, kale, ginger, carrots and I swapped the apples for sweet potatoes. Talk about making your veggies delicious! It is a street side shack with some tables on the curb giving plenty of stroller parking room. Definitely a spot to come back to.




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We then stumbled into a couple mediocre spots that I’m not even going to mention but it did entice us to then return to one of our old music haunts. It has been years since we’d been to the Supermarket. No this isn’t a spot to buy your meats and produce at, but it is a great place to catch young, up and coming artists and have some good food. The hubs had fond memories of the pad thai here ( I know.. say what?) and it did not disappoint! The Little Monkey noshed on half the portion herself. If you’re in the Kensington Market area we definitely recommend checking out the music scene here. 

IMG_20130901_200352We then picked up churros from Pancho’s Bakery (YUM!!) and then ended the evening at Handle Bar where they warmly welcomed the Little Monkey despite it being 9 p.m. Loved it !

Most of the pictures were Instagrams because this is just one of those neighbourhoods that I felt the compulsion to capture on the go. Works well since it’s #IGTravelThursday!




  • Chasing the Donkey
    September 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Ohh that potted car is a hoot! What an idea. And that photos of your little one all tuckered out – yet still wearing her sunnies – priceless!!!!!

    • Yashy
      September 19, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      She loves her sunnies!! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Alison Chino
    September 19, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I agree on the potted car! Such a great idea! Looks like such a fun place!

  • Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog
    September 20, 2013 at 7:18 am

    The street art is amazing. So colorful. The car. Well, that’s hard to beat.

  • Satu VW / To Destination Unknown
    September 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    That is definitely a very picturesque place, I don’t think I’ve ever ventured to the Kensington Market when in London. Next time, next time… 🙂

    • YashY
      September 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      This one is in Toronto, Canada but would be so fun to compare it to the one in London!

      • Satu VW / To Destination Unknown
        September 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm

        Wow, how did I get that so badly wrong! I blame the newborn and lack of sleep 🙂 After reading “Kensington” I suppose I just kept thinking “London, London, London…”

  • Reeta @houseofanais
    September 21, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Wow, looks really interesting there. ANd what a great idea to have a week of birthday festivities. I would love to have some churros now to…

  • Victoria Ess
    September 22, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I love walking in the Kensington neighbourhood, especially during the summer. Did you do any shopping? I always always get churros when I’m there.

  • Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog
    September 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I don’t think my comment went through last week. Sorry about that. I love the car photo. I think the whole area is very neat.

  • Cheryl @ KidsOnAPlane
    September 26, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Oh it’s been a while since I’ve been in the Kensington Market area. Such a colourful place. You had me at churros – may need to visit just for those! 😉

    • Yashy
      September 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      Let me know and we can link up!

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