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 NowHours 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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If you've never been to St. Lawrence Market before I'd highly suggest your introduction start with Second Harvest's 'Evening at the Market' which is a fun event to be introduced to the various vendors at St. Lawrence Market but really it's an opportunity to eat, drink, be entertained and most definitely be merry! The event also raises funds for Second Harvest, a non-profit organization that rescues fresh surplus food and delivers it to daily to over 250 partner agencies throughout the city. If you have a mind for a great time then come out next year though thankfully St. Lawrence Market is opened all year round and you can visit any time!
Nancy Agbaje - 3 days ago
This is one of the world's best markets that I've visited. Wonderful selection of everything...meats, cheese, breads/pastries, vegetables, Canadian goods, and more. Purchased peameal bacon, the true Canadian bacon, and Portuguese custard tarts (the kind we tasted in Lisbon). Visited off season and on a rainy day so was not crowded and found parking on the street. Allow at least 30 to 60 minutes. Recommend this market as a must see for visitors to Toronto.
Anita Widmayer - 8 days ago
So much variety. Food to take home and prepare as well as food to eat in. Many counties best foods represented. Reasonable prices. We the panel Darrick at Carousel. Delicious. Not too busy on a weekday in October. Only one toilet in the front ladies washroom downstairs. Use the ones at the back.
Wendy Davies - 28 days ago
I love this place is an amazing spot in downtown you can find so many unusual products here. Such a fresh seafood, bright and colourful fruits and veggies, organic ones. Huge international variety of cheese and jam. So many kinds of meats, kangaroo meat, crocodile meat also camel meat. Is a good place to hang out with friends also because is very happy and people there are so friendly. I just love it.
Maria del Rosario Cuenca Lucas - 1 month ago
Comparable to the Forks for restaurants, but also has fresh produce and meats, specialty products. Somewhat pricey. A bit more selection than Granville market overall (food and restaurants) but less attractive environment. St. Jacobs market has better prices and more merchants, but less variety. Worthwhile for the selection if price isn't a big concern and you're nearby (it's a good practical destination, no longer a special experience like long ago).
DL Jacobs - 1 month ago