It’s a National Historic Site and the locals fight hard to keep it that way. There are no big box stores here. The multicultural neighbourhood occupies a large tract of land from College Street to the north, Spadina on the east, Dundas on the south and Bathurst Street to the west.
The area is filled with food stores of every kind, a variety of upscale & downscale restaurants, nightclubs, coffee bars, vintage clothing shops, two synagogues, and re-jigged architecture of every description. Bellevue Park (now undergoing a complete renovation) is, without a doubt, TORONTO’s finest place to people watch.
Kensington’s long history as an immigrant working-class neighbourhood is changing into a more expensive place to live and do business. Don’t let the facades fool you. The Market’s shops and houses aren’t cheap to come by.