Toronto audio tour: Exploring Kensington Market, Chinatown and the Art Gallery of Ontario

Exploring Kensington Market, Chinatown and the Art Gallery of Ontario

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

Explore the vibrant streetscape from the Art Gallery of Ontario through the adjacent Chinatown, and concluding in Kensington Market, an eclectic and historic neighbourhood that is a National Historic Sight. Learn about the history of Chinatown and check out some of the best spots to grab a bite. Take in unique architecture, fascinating history and culture, as well as great local shops and eateries along the way.

Tour Producer


Jane Herman

I'm the founder of On the Town Tours in Toronto. Since 2013 we've offered an eclectic menu of tours that highlight Toronto's history, architecture, and culture. 50% of Torontonians (including me) were not born here. As a non-native, I've always been driven to understand how Toronto became the city it is today. My curiousity and love of learning have led me to study our city's history, architecture and culture in a deep and serious way, and in turn share my passion for our urban fabric and its treasures with visitors and curious residents alike. Come join me!

Major Landmarks

  • Art Gallery of Ontario

  • OCAD University

  • Chinatown

  • Kensington Market (National Historic Sight)

Directions to Starting Point

Grange Park on the south side of the Art Gallery of Ontario

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Places to stop along the way

Art Gallery of Ontario, Dragon City Mall, various specialty food shops including bakeries, coffee shops, cheese shops, and ethnic eateries

Best time of day

When you are hungriest in order to enjoy sampling from the multitude of restaurants and vendors along the way! Sunday during July and August is a great day for exploring the market area, when some of the streets are closed to vehicular traffic.


Be mindful of the weather and dress appropriately


Great walk through Kensington. I enjoyed the narration, learned something new and will try a couple of the suggested places. Would recommend to anyone visiting the area. Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 3 years ago

Great audio guide tour. Very easy to follow, with clear directions throughout the historic neighbourhoods. Shares interesting facts and stories about China Town and the Kensington Market area, with a lot of great recommendations for local, delicious eats. Would recommend for both tourists and locals who are looking for a fun afternoon learning about the city.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 4 years ago
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Exploring Kensington Market, Chinatown and the Art Gallery of Ontario