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
Open Now: NoHours 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
National Geographic named this market the best in the world. And I can totally see why. It's really two places in one. One is an AMAZING place for people who live in the city (I live close by). You can get pretty much any meat product you can imagine. And it's all fresh. Great bakery inside (Futures bakery). A couple of competing fruit and veg shops that have great produce. Secondly it's a great place for tourists. Busters sea cove on the first floor has surprisingly great seafood considering there's no ocean for 1000's of miles. Try their crab cakes. Yum. In the basement there are a bunch of little shops and places serving food. Amongst them is Uno Mustachios. A little Italian grub shop. Their Godfathers spaghetti and meatballs are the best I've ever had.
Rob Baumgarten - 6 days ago
I'd easily give the market 5 stars if it wasn't for their inaccessible hours. Great selection of meats, produce, bread, cheese, etc. Really fresh, really delicious. There's a shop in there that sells cheese, and in the back they have some other things. One of those things is the best Greek yogurt I've had in my life. No joke. It's unlabeled, from some local farm, and to be honest, it's hit and miss. But when it's hit, it's so freaking hit. Totally worth the gamble. They also have a good selection of premade meals, like a burrito place, sandwich shop, etc
Shadi Bakir - 1 month ago
The market is a great stop to pick up fresh cheese, meat and fish. I love checking out White House Meats for some weird meat or another (kangaroo sliders anyone?). The biggest issue is that the market is popular with locals and tourists alike so it's always crowded shoulder to shoulder and the washrooms seem to think one stall is sufficient. Despite the washroom and crowds, I think everyone needs to grab a bite here at least once.
Lori Zwicker - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago