In Toronto the historic St Lawrence Market is a very friendly and personable place to shop for fresh local produce and many other items in a wide variety of speciality shops. The vendors are really knowledgeable and passionate about their products. This incredible market is over 200 years old and was titled The 'World's Best Food' market in April 2012 by National Geographic.
If you are visiting on Sunday there is an antique market that is a must see if you like collectables, antiques or unusual things with unique character. Such items include a range of expensive antiques to chic retro. The St. Lawrence Market is so large that it is housed in three different buildings- St. Lawrence Hall, the north market and south market.
In the South Market you will see some hand crafted jewellery and other accessories such as beautiful hand-bags, novelty gift items, clothing, flower shops, meat shops, seafood, fruits and vegetables, cheeses and other dairy items, eggs, organic as well as bulk foods, coffee and other drinks all for sale.
This market has a second floor and is wheelchair accessible with an elevator making it possible for everyone to visit. On the top floor you will enjoy viewing the gallery market where you might feel as though you have just stepped into the past. Here you can view City Council Chambers as it used to be as well as the remnants of the City Hall that once stood on this spot between 1845-1899.
The North Market is the location where the farmers market first opened and operated weekly on Saturdays starting in 1803. Now Many antique dealers come and display their goods on Sundays. Admission is free.
The St. Lawrence Hall was built in 1850. This beautiful structure has retail businesses on the main floor and city offices on the second floor. On the third floor there is the Great Hall which with additional rooms that are rented out for special events.
When visiting the St. Lawrence Market it is important to note that most, but not all, vendors accept Interact or credit cards. However, they do all accept cash. There are a number of restaurants through-out the market ranging in a huge variety of different dishes such as fish n chips or other seafood, gourmet dishes containing prime meats or poultry, freshly made sandwiches and pastries, crepes, sushi, pizza and so much more.
Be sure to check out the video near the bottom of the page for a great overview.
Facts For Your VisitFee: No
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Saturday: 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
Address: 93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada
Phone: (416) 392-7219
Official Website: St. Lawrence Market
|TTC Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Yonge-University-Spadina||King Street Station||7 Minutes|
How to get to St. Lawrence Market by TTC Subway
Exit the subway at King Street, walk east along King Street to Market Lane and turn right. St. Lawrence Market is in the large buildings along the left of the lane and on the far side of East Front Street up ahead. If you see an eastbound 504 Streetcar approaching you can take it to Jarvis Street and save a few minutes off your walking time.
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Ratedout of 5
My husband and I come here early every Saturday morning to get our meats. Such amazing selection from so many vendors. There isn't a single vendor here that doesn't have amazing products/produce, and amazing customer service. The steaks from here are always a huge hit at our barbecues.
Jacqueline Strong - 20 hours ago
Well... it's a decent market, decent selection. Comparable to the one in Cleveland. Nothing here stands out for me. I had the breakfast sandwich roll with Canadian pork and it wasn't bad. Freshly made. But I would explore somewhere else. Only came here once and need to explore it more. More reviews pending.
Fulbert Cue - 1 month ago
A "Yummy" Toronto Landmark!!! This market has been operating since 1902... and is made up of three major parts;; the St, Lawrence Market- North and South... and St, Lawrence Hall. Over time,. additional various ethnic vendors located in the market. It now presents varying, interesting foods from around the world... some of which are prepared and one can eat there-- or take less prepared foods which one can take home! The large area covered means that one can take one's times to review the "offerings" or focus on a more limited visit! Whichever the choice it is well worth a visit I hope that this review has been helpful!!
Mark Doctoroff - 1 month ago
A "Yummy" Toronto Landmark... This market has been operating since 1902... and is made up of three major parts;; the St, Lawrence Market- North and South... and St, Lawrence Hall. Over time,. additional various ethnic vendors located in the market. It now presents varying, interesting foods from around the world... some of which are prepared and one can eat there-- or take less prepared foods which one can take home! The large area covered means that one can take one's times to review the "offerings" or focus on a more limited visit! Whichever the choice it is well worth a visit I hope that this review has been helpful!!
mark doctoroff - 1 month ago
I love the St.Lawrence Market. My favorite store by far is the Bakewares place upstairs. I buy a lot of baking supplies and cookie cutters there. Almost all of the vendors are great minus one. There is a bakery in the upper level in the middle (I won't name which one) with the worst customer service. (But I won't dock the market a star for that) Otherwise the outer perimeter bakers or all of the bakeries downstairs are great! The fish looks so good..but I never pick it up because my commute is a little too far. The produce and food court are always great too.
Joanna Montanaro - 1 month ago