Kensington Market ‘Taste the World’ Food Tour

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Tasty Tours Toronto

Hey there! Tasty Tours is Toronto’s award-winning food tour and chocolate tour company. But more importantly, our mission is to share the city with you like how we would with our best friends – treating you to the best food experience in Toronto, and leaving you with memories to savour for years to come.

On each tour, your guide will take you on a walk around a Toronto neighbourhood. You’ll be introduced to various eateries, feasting on a variety of edible delights while learning tidbits of food and Toronto history. Yum, please!

  • 2.5 Hours
  • 5 people maximum, to ensure safety and quality
  • Toronto

COVID-19 update: In keeping with the current government restrictions, our tours are closed at the moment. Buy an e-gift certificate instead and give yourself or someone else a delicious present they can ‘unwrap’ at any time. It’s the perfect holiday present for the adventurous foodie in your life, and will give them something to look forward to after the craziness is over!

COVID-19 notice: For your safety, we are going above and beyond the government guidelines and are capping our tours at a maximum of 5 participants! All guests are required to wear masks and we strongly recommend each group bring their own hand sanitizer. 

Tasty Tours has been hosting food tours for 9 years and this is the worst we’ve seen. But Kensington Market, like it’s immigrant heritage, is full of survivors. Find out what makes Kensington so special, and let’s support them together! We may not be able to travel internationally, but still we’ll travel:

1. Around the world, locally – we’ll sample a variety of ethnic eats in the multi-cultural enclave of Kensington Market, including a stop in Chinatown. In between bites, feast your eyes on the mom-and-pop businesses, brightly coloured graffiti murals and gourmet food shops that lure locals and visitors alike. Come with an appetite, as you’ll have enough samples for lunch!

2. Through time – we’ll trace the history of the market from its origins as a Jewish market to hip neighbourhood to the current coronavirus challenges, weaved through the stories of the stores we visit, from Alan’s cafe to Aunty’s bakery.

3. Through perspectives – we’ve got the insider edge, from special foods made just for our group, to secret photo spots in the market. After our day together, you will become an insider too!

Plus, taste the famous Toronto Truffle™ (Toffle™), an exclusive dessert invented by us. Inspired by the flavours of Toronto and Canada, the Toffle is a decadent cross between a maple butter tart and a chocolate truffle. You can only get this on a Tasty Tour!

“This tour was great! I am from the Toronto area but wanted a unique birthday gift for a friend. I googled and found this tour and the amount of great reviews was what sold me on it and I couldn’t be happier! We had an absolutely great day. The food was AMAZING, it was a great mix of sweet and savoury and you learned about the area, the market, food origins, how they are made, about the restaurants and about the owners. I would recommend this tour to anyone and I would do it again! You get great portions and feel like you got what you paid for. Amazing tour!” – 5-star TripAdvisor Review

(All participants will receive a complimentary neighbourhood e-guide with their ticket, as well as access to our exclusive Food Concierge service)

Location

Kensington Market
(exact location given upon booking)

Departure Time

Daily, 10.30am – 1pm

Walking Difficulty

Easy, 2 – 5min walk between stops. End point is a 1min walk from start point.

Dietary Restrictions

The tour can be made vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. Nut-free samples are available at all locations but may contain trace amounts of nuts. Other restrictions may be accommodated on a case by case basis. Please mention any dietary restrictions in the ‘Dietary restrictions’ field when booking a tour.

Highlights

  • Introduction to a variety of multi-cultural food stores
  • Samples from each location (enough for lunch)
  • Guided tour on the history of the neighbourhood, stores and food
  • Bring home the famous Toronto Truffle™, a unique Toronto dessert only available on a Tasty Tour (Tasty exclusive!)

Please Note

  • We are a food tour and not a historical tour.
  • It might be a little crowded in some of the smaller stores and on afternoon tours.
  • Tours run in all weather conditions short of life-threatening inclemency. Please always check the weather forecast beforehand and come prepared.
  • Bring an appetite and some extra cash if you’d like to buy more yummies.
  • If you enjoy the tour, please tip your tour guide to thank them for their hard work!
FAQ

What stores will I visit on this tour?

We’d really rather surprise you, but if you insist, contact us. (stores subject to change at our discretion)

What will I eat on the tour?

It takes too much of the fun out of the tour to tell you everything you’re eating, but if you really must know, contact us.

Where does the tour begin and end?

It begins and ends in the heart of Kensington Market on Augusta Ave. The start and end stops are a few minutes walk from each other. You will receive the address of the starting point once you’ve signed up for the tour.

How do I get to Kensington? Is there parking?

Please refer to this useful resource on directions to Kensington Market by car and public transit. 

Are there any washrooms?

There are washrooms at multiple locations throughout the tour, including the start and end point. Your guide can direct you to the best option.

 

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