Chinatown/Kensington Market/Midtown – Toronto







Kensington Market is fun to explore. There are narrow streets with a mix of Caribbean, Latin American, European and Middle Eastern shops and restaurants. There are secondhand and vintage clothing stores, fishmongers, produce and fruits stands and street musicians. I also loved the street art!

While shopping the Kensington Market, stop in for coffee at Café Pamenar at 307 Augusta Ave., a sleek café with outdoor seating.

Art Gallery of Ontario: At 317 Dundas Street West, this is a major art museum with over 80,000 works including many by Canadian artists. It also has the largest public collection of sculptures by Henry Moore. The new wing by architect Frank Gehry is really excellent; Toronto is Gehry’s hometown.

Sharp Centre for Design: Near the AGO is the Sharp Centre for Design which has an amazing design by architect Will Alsop. It is part of the campus of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) which is Canada’s largest and oldest educational institution for art and design. Check out the website for the current schedule of temporary exhibitions.

Textile Museum of Canada: Located at 55 Centre Avenue, this is a small museum housing over 13,000 artifacts from over 200 countries and regions. The collections includes traditional fabrics, costumes, carpets, domestic artifacts, environmental materials, bead-work and basketry. I thought it was well worth the visit.