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: 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
|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
It's not a bad market, worth visiting if in Toronto for the architecture of the building. The food isn't bad, but much better food can be found elsewhere. It's fairly pricey too, considering what you get. A few vendors sell typically Canadian fare such as ham and peameal sandwiches. Definitely more for tourists than locals.
Bianca Nix - 3 days ago
Don't go for chinese downstairs as food quality can be had better elsewhere which they will also allow you to use credit without a surcharge. Everything else is delicious and fairly priced. For groceries and provisions, best to shop around for deals and talk with vendors to know what you are paying extra for.
michael truong - 3 days ago
The market has a wide range of foodstuffs. You can also eat there. I had fried calamari from Buster's Sea Cove and they were as fresh as you could get them. Very very good. Cakes are good too, we tried the cheesecake.
Emanuel Turchetta - 6 days ago
A must-see if you are visiting Toronto. Awesome market, with food of every variety! Plan on spending a few hours here for sure! Highly recommended it. There are also restaurants inside that you can eat at, some vendors have food as well.
Robert S - 7 days ago
This place has absolutely everything you could possibly need! A chefs paradise! I mean, camel burgers, ostrich thighs, crocodile sirloins? Where else can you find that in Toronto? Love coming to this place and I always have so much so fun trying different things. Best market ever!
Meghan T - 1 month ago