St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Market is one of the world's most renowned food markets

St Lawrence Market Hall
St Lawrence Market Hall cc licensed photo by Ian Muttoo

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 Visit

Fee: No

Open Now: No

Hours 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

Directions

TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Yonge-University-SpadinaKing Street Station7 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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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5

4 Star Rating This place is supposed to be the largest indoor farmers' market in North America. Two floors of mostly produce, meats, and cheeses with some retail. Food vendors also abound, but if you are looking for a vegetarian or vegan option you will find only slim pickings. Outdoor seating is available and makes for an enjoyable experience when the weather is nice.

Ron Greenberg - 11 days ago

3 Star Rating Decent market with some prices that are lower than, and some that are higher than, Metro across the street and other major grocers. In the summer it is busy as hell with busloads of tourists who block the aisles looking around like they've never been to a public market before. Most retailers are very friendly and can make recommendations to suit your needs. To me, the big downside is that in true 1950s Toronto fashion, they are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Makes me think... if they can make so much money 5 days per week that they can close the other two (unlike every other business in the city) then they are doing just fine.

Kevin B - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating Bought a place at Market Wharf to be across the street from this place. Apart from this market vein rated #1 in the world by National Geographic a few years ago, this market has transitioned this area into a very diverse community. I mean they have everything from camel burgers to crocodile steak, sushi grade fish, to some of the best cheese I’ve ever tasted. It’s perfect for daily shopping so everything is fresh. By small and waste less.

Philip Petroschke - 26 days ago

3 Star Rating I’m not a fan but my neighbors love it and it’s a HUGE tourist attraction. It’s a fresh food market. If you like standing in line over and over to get your food then this place is for you. If you want to get grocery shopping done quickly go to the nearby Metro grocery store. Since it’s primarily a tourist trap the hours are not that great. It’s closed Sundays and Mondays. The best time to shop for the best prices is Saturday and hour or so before closing

Dale Dietrich - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Open air market with quality produce, butcher, fish monger, bakery, cheeses, specialty food shops. It's an old market that has made an effort to retain the market feel of the past when shops specialized, unlike supermarkets of today. Neat and tidy place, in what has become, an expensive area of Toronto. Expect above average pricing. It's a great place to wander with kids to see and speak to merchants. Very personable if you want to make it that way. I like coming here. Parking is not easy on city streets nearby.

Harry How - 2 months ago

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This video gives you a great look into the St. Lawrence Market and surrounding neighbourhood

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