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
I love this place it is so fun and there is so much good food and there is so much to sample. When I was a kid I used to go here with my mom, we would go to uno mustachio and we would share an eggplant Parmesan sandwich and then sample food from the market and buy some of it. We would always go to the mustard stand and sample different mustard and ALWAYS buy one, I recommend amazing maple. There is also a candy shop and they have the most delicious home-made Turkish delight, it's very rich don't get more than a square for yourself. Just fabulous!
Heala Mendelsohn aviv - 11 days ago
It was true what the locals and tourists all said. What an amazing market! First time going there during the Canada 150 week. Amazed by the endless selection of meats, fish, cheeses, and other baked goods. We tried many samples, bought cheese, and had some meats sliced for our lunch. This is a wonderful place to visit while in Toronto.
Roman Blevins - 26 days ago
The only thing that has changed over the past decade is the prices. The bacon sandwiches are still the best in the city and there's always fresh pasta and pizza being made. I love going to the market early Saturday morning because the farmers market is open and you can get almost any type of produce you can think of and it's fresh from the farm. The market can get quite busy throughout the day, I'd recommend going early as possible to get the freshest food and best experience.
Anthony Pooran - 1 month ago
Do I need to post about the market; it's freaking St. Lawrence Market. There are so many unique vendors along with vendors you'd expect. Everything is fresh and supported by skilled people in their trade. If you haven't shipped here try it just once and you will immediately remember what shopping for food was like. Oh yeah there are also shops that prepare their specialty on the spot for lunch or a quick snack.
Terry A - 1 month ago