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The top 15 cheap eats in Kensington Market

Kensington Market is full of delicious treasures. Whether you're craving a mid afternoon snack or a full meal, there's a spot for pretty much all your cravings.

Here are my picks for some of the best cheap eats in Kensington Market.

Fish tacos at Seven Lives

You can find the best tacos in Toronto on Kensington Avenue. While prices have gone up over the years, the taqueria is still as busy as ever cooking up fish and seafood tacos done SoCal or Tijuana-style. Get the Pulpo or the Gobernador.

Photo by Hector Vasquez at Otto's Berlin Doner.

Doners at Otto's Berlin Doner

This German-style sandwich shop brings a taste of Berlin to Toronto. Doners come with chicken, veal, lamb, fried halloumi, or gems. They're all topped with a yogurt sauce and a harissa-like hot sauce and veggies.

Moo Frites Toronto

Photo by Jesse Milns at Moo Frites.

Belgian-style fries at Moo Frites

Belgian-style frites are delicious with only a bit of salt but here you can opt for more unique offerings like the War Frites topped with peanut butter, mayo and onion.

El Arepazo Toronto

Photo by Hector Vasquez at El Arepazo

Arepas at El Arepazo

This is where to go for a traditional Venezuelan lunch. Arepas comes with a variety of different meats, veggies, cheeses and sauces.

Cosmic Treats Toronto

Photo by Hector Vasquez at Cosmic Treats.

Tofu at Cosmic Treats

This all-vegan restaurant dishes out an array of vegan comfort foods. A must-try is their southern fried tofu and mixed root vegetable fries. The tofu is seasoned with southern spices, coated in panko breadcrumbs and served with BBQ sauce for dipping.

Fresco's Toronto

Photo by Jesse Milns at Fresco's.

Fish and chips at Fresco's

If you're a fan of traditional fish and chips, then a visit to Fresco's is in order. While the restaurant also serves up great poutine and po'boys, the star of the show will always be the fried to perfection fish and chips.

San Cosme Toronto

Photo by Hector Vasquez at Torteria San Cosme.

Tortas at Torteria San Cosme

This colourful Mexican-style sandwich shop at the corner of Baldwin and Kensington serves a variety of tortas including their Cubana loaded with smoked ham, adobo pork, gouda, sliced avocado, tomatoes, chipotle sauce and spicy dijon.

Mare Pizzeria Toronto

Photo by Jesse Milns at Mare Pizzeria.

Pizza at Mare Pizzeria

Kensington's biggest slice can be had at this Baldwin St. pizza parlour. Chow down on a slice of pepperoni on one of the few bar stools or if it's nice outside walk around Kensington 'za in hand.

Rasta Pasta Toronto

Photo by Hector Vasquez at Rasta Pasta.

Jerk chicken at Rasta Pasta

Locals know to come here for their fill of homemade jerk chicken. All jerk is served alongside rice, beans and coleslaw for a complete meal.

The Dirty Bird Toronto

Photo by Jesse Milns at The Dirty Bird.

Chicken and waffles at The Dirty Bird

Order up The ODB and you'll get boneless dark meat piled on top of a maple buttered waffle and dressed in a sweet and tangy sauce.

Hibiscus Cafe Toronto

Photo by Hector Vasquez at Hibiscus Cafe.

Crepes at Hibiscus Cafe

This favourite for gluten-free, vegan and organic eats is best-known for their sweet and savoury crepes, all made with homemade vegan buckwheat batter.

Emporium Latino Toronto

Photo by Ike Ford at Emporium Latino.

Pupusas at Emporium Latino

>Those in the know head to the back of this Latin American grocery store on weekends to find ladies making cheap and tasty El Salvadorian street food. A freshly made pupusa filled with pork, cheese and refried beans will set you back a mere $3.

wafels and more

Photo by Hector Vasquez at Wafles & More.

Waffles at Wafles & More

Authentic Belgian waffles are the speciality here. Sweet and savoury waffles fill the menu and they can all be had for under $10.

Pow Wow Cafe Toronto

Photo by Hector Vasquez at Pow Wow Cafe.

Frybread tacos at Pow Wow Cafe

Choose between beef or veggie chili, pork and jerk chicken on your frybread taco along with optional taco-y toppings at this Indigenous cafe and restaurant. 

North Poke Toronto

Photo by Jesse Milns at North Poke.

Poke at North Poke

Hawaiian-style poke is what's on offer at this tiny Baldwin St. restaurant. Poke bowls come in three sizes, from small for a snack to a large you can barely finish. There's also the option to get three snack-size poke bowls for $15.

Lead photo by

Jesse Milns at Seven Lives


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