Of all the neighbourhoods in Toronto, Kensington Market has always stood out as a great place to explore. Whether you’re looking for thrifty finds, your fortune to be told, or a diverse range of food, you’ll come to discover what you’re looking for in the market. Speaking of food, we know that with all the variety offered here it might be hard to choose what to opt for. That being said, we’ve put together a list of must-eats in Kensington to help fight the analysis paralysis and get you on your way to some stellar dishes. Keep reading for some delicious options found only in this bohemian neck of the woods.
Otto’s Berlin Döner – The Chicken or Halloumi Döner
From Berlin to Kensington comes the döner. At Otto’s, donör is made from scratch using fresh ingredients. The chicken and halloumi donör rank high with us and are stuffed with leaf lettuce, red cabbage, tomatoes, onions, and cucumber. For sauce options, we’re looking at garlic sauce, yoghurt, and hot sauce and you can add feta and a side of fries for 99 cents each.
Egg Bae – Eh Bae Bae Sandwich
Eggs before anything else is the motto at Egg Bae and we can get behind that! Try the Eh Bae Bae sandwich which is made with a fluffy in-house egg bun and filled with soft scrambled eggs, sweet and spicy bacon, muenster cheese, tomato, arugula, pickled shallots, and bae sauce.
Moo Frites – Kimchi Frites
The Belgian-style kimchi frites are a must-try at the Moo Frites takeout spot in Kensington Market. These fries, or frites if you will, are decked out with a pile of kimchi, scallions, and spicy mayo. Highly addictive.
Latin Taste – Peruvian Ceviche (only on the weekend)
Offered only on weekends, the Peruvian ceviche at Latin Taste is worth putting in your schedule. The ceviche is presented as a well portioned plate of fish, sweet potatoes, Peruvian corn, and plantain chips, topped with some pickled vegetables. It has won awards for best ceviche in the city.
Seven Lives – Baja Fish Taco
Seven Lives is known for its Baja-style tacos and it’s easy to see (and taste) why. The Baja-style taco is filled with deep fried mahi-mahi, pico de gallo, and cabbage and is quite frankly scrumptious. It’s a popular spot and cash only, so go prepared.
Rasta Pasta – Jerk Lasagna
If you want something hearty, the jerk lasagna made with jerk chicken at Rasta Pasta can do you no wrong. This comforting dish is great to share and can either be made with alfredo or rose sauce.
Fika – Swedish Semla and Cardamom Spiced Cinnamon Buns + Cardamom Spiced Latte
The “fika” in Fika Cafe literally translates from Swedish to “to go out for coffee.” This cafe is a great spot fika and cozy up with a latte and sweet. A pairing we find quite appealing is the cardamom spiced latte and either a Swedish semla or cardamom spiced cinnamon bun.
Wanda’s Pie in the Sky – Rainbow Cake
Something to put a smile on your face is the Rainbow Cake at Wanda’s Pie in the Sky. This cake is made of colourful layers of sponge cake stacked high between pillows of buttercream. It’s picture-perfect and tastes pretty awesome too.
Film Cafe – Gold Foil Soft Serve or Cheesecake
The gold foil soft serve or gold foil cheesecake from Film Cafe are great picks if you feel like splurging. Interestingly enough, the custom originates from Kanazawa, Japan, the largest producer of gold leaf in the country, and charmingly preserves samurai villages and geisha culture.
Nu Bügel – Smoked Trout Sandwich
Voted at one of the Top 20 Best Sandwiches by Toronto Life magazine, the Smoked Trout Bagel Sandwich at Nu Bügel is a tried and true favourite among Kensington patrons. And if trout isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other sandwich options that are sure to strike your fancy.
Dipped Donuts – London Fog Donut
After a nice savoury meal it’s time for something sweet! To nip this craving we recommend no other than a dipped donut. You’re in for a treat no matter what you pick here, but we think the London Fog donut is something truly unique. To create the glaze, they steep earl grey tea for 24 hours, so the flavour really comes through.
Pizzeria Via Mercanti – Via Mercanti Pizza
It’s best to take this pizza on with an empty stomach. Or maybe a couple of friends. The namesake Via Mercanti pie is two layers and stuffed with ricotta, prosciutto cotto, mixed mushrooms, hot soppressata, and topped by their famous margherita. Double the pizza, double the fun!
Lots to try eh? And the recommendations don’t stop there! Check out our Kensington Market Neighbourhood Guide Video for more food + drink spots, sweet treats, shopping, nightlife, and places of interest in this beloved cultural village. And tag us in your adventure @eatingthroughto on Instagram! We’d love to see where you end up!