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Kensington Market Crawl

I can’t believe it’s December. Even though my Christmas tree is up, and I’ve almost completed my Christmas shopping, the lack of snow is really throwing me off. It still feels like October!

But, I’m not complaining. This awesome weather means more outdoor activities without bundling up like a burrito. To take advantage of the mild weather, I’ve continued shopping at my favourite market in Toronto – The Kensington Market. Read on for some of my favourite shops in the area.

Bunner’s Vegan and Gluten-Free Bake Shop

While I’m not a vegan, the cinnamon buns here are delicious. I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first. After all, how can a cinnamon bun without butter and cream cheese taste good? The answer: I don’t know, but trust me, it does. I mean, how could it not be delicious looking like it does here? After biting into its dense dough, with delicious frosting that always gets all over my face, I am instantly happier every time I go.

Sanagan’s Meat Locker

Like I said, I’m not a vegan. Sanagan’s is my favourite butcher in the city. This is the place to come to if you’re a steak snob like me, and if you want good quality meat, period. This is totally Toronto of me to say, but I do like knowing which farm my meat comes from. They also do a mean sandwich here, and they carry a selection of high end condiments to go with your meats.

Global Cheese

If you’ve been following my blog, you probably know that I enjoy a good sample. And Global Cheese always offers the best kind of sample: cheese. The sign really does explain this shop perfectly, as the staff that work here know everything about cheese. And, they do carry cheeses from around the world. They also have quite the selection of crackers and jams to make yourself a great little cheese plate. I’m making myself hungry just writing this!

Kensington Fruit Market

Kensington Fruit Market allowed me to get through my university days with something other than mac and cheese. I’ll routinely fill up an entire basket with fruit and vegetables, and it usually comes to around $30. The best part is, it’s fresh produce that’s almost always better than the stuff I’ll pick up at my local grocery store.

If you’re planning to make a visit to the market, check out this map to visit my favourite shops.

Do you visit the market often? I’d love to hear about your favourite shops that I haven’t mentioned here.

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