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: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

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

5 Star Rating Historic spot, one of the best selections of crazy meats and cheeses. I got a freaking camel steak! But there is so much more than just that. It's a great place to take some time and just look at everything.

Cameron Clark - 15 hours ago

5 Star Rating The St. Lawrence Market is ranked amongst the top food markets in world. There's good reason for that. The market boasts quality food vendors which include (but not limited to): fresh produce, butchers, seafood, cheese, mustard, rice, desserts, breads, tea, chocolates, sushi and crêpes. There's also exhibition space and cooking classes offered in St. Lawrence Hall in the same building, upstairs. Advice: Go as early as possible on Saturdays because that's their busiest day!

Stephen Kobus - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating St. Lawrence Market has been ranked as one of the finest indoor markets in the world, and it's easy to see why. Spread over two levels, the airy upstairs portion hosts multiple butchers, fishmongers, bakeries, cheese shops, green grocers, food outlets, a kitchen specialty store, and even an outlet of the most famous Montreal bagel. Downstairs, there are even more specialties on offer: candy, caviar, teas, a booth selling just dried rice, grains, and pulses of all description. There's a big bakery, food court seating, a thriving bulk goods and Italian pantry essentials store, a Ukrainian deli, souvenir shops, more green grocers including an all-organic one... I could go on, but you get the picture. It's a must-see. Closed Sunday and Monday. Very busy on Saturday- and don't miss the year-round farmer's market every Saturday, in the huge tented structure just south of the main building. Both sites are wheelchair accessible.

Kimberley Whitchurch - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating What's not to love they have everything! The fish sandwich place is the best. Love the kitchen store too. In the other building before they closed at 3 they did $1 baskets of veggies which was great!

laura pudlo - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Saturday at the St. Lawrence market is great. The selection of butchers is really good. It's one of the only places that sells quality beef brisket. The fish/seafood vendors are also really good. During the summer months they have the farmers market with fresh local produce. We usually do some shopping and then enjoy a meal.

L P - 2 months ago

Video


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

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