Concierge.com's insider take:
This lively neighborhood situated just west of Chinatown is an ongoing street-level festival of ethnic food and shopping. Legend has it that no other market on Earth offers the same variety of produce, and a five-minute amble down its streets can take you past everything from West Indian mangoes to Portuguese salted fish, Chilean empanadas to Mexican-style tacos. Try to catch the Kensington Karnival, a colorful pageant on December 21 that celebrates the winter solstice, complete with a candlelit mummers parade. At any other time of year, grab a burrito at Big Fat Burrito, head to the Embassy Bar for a pint of local draft, or check out the second-hand duds at Courage My Love.