After experiencing Game On 2.0 at the Ontario Science Centre Amanda and I checked off another item on my Toronto Bucket List. We went to meet Amanda’s friend Nicola for dinner in Kensington Market! From their website they describe Kensington Market as the following:
Located in the heart of Toronto, Kensington Market is Toronto’s most vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods. So come by for the afternoon, the evening or even longer. You won’t be disappointed!
After visiting and checking around the area, I would have to agree! The atmosphere of the area is extremely diverse, and it has a very unique feeling to it.
The most prominent aspect of the neighbourhood your senses instantly notice is the murals, and colourful shop fronts. Graffiti in a city can be extremely off-putting to me, but Kensington Market does it right and even embraces it. They turn graffiti into art, and it really makes a statement for the community in my opinion.
To look at this from a marketing perspective, Kensington Market does an incredible job of branding its community. The design of the neighbourhood, the murals, the way storefronts display their goods is all very unique. It’s the way they stand out against other communities. It’s no surprise that Kensington Market became a National Canadian Historic Site in 2006.
For dinner we went to a restaurant called El Trompo . It had just finished raining earlier, so we decided to risk the weather and went to sit on the patio. It was a good call as the weather was kind to us and didn’t rain after that. We ordered guacamole as an appetizer and Amanda and I both ordered their Al Pastor tacos as well. It was all very delicious! I’m glad we got to sit on the patio as I enjoyed people watching as the three of us chatted. It was cool to see how many people in the community were good friends as they walked down the streets.
It’s a great Toronto community to check out and explore!