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
Currently ClosedHours 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
A must visit market if you want to to visit some local and specialty food shops. It has a unique and vibrant atmosphere and a good place to take friends from out of town or tourists. You won't find a MacDonald's or burger king here. Tons good good places to grab a some delicious food for lunch as well. There are many stores on the bottom level so don't forget to check them out as well. The market is very busy on weekends with not much walking space so be prepared to move around people who are looking at items or ordering food from the stores. Its not the best place to come with large strollers or motorized scooters. Make sure to check the hours before you visit as it closes early relative to normal store hours and is not open on sundays.
Adriano N - 4 days ago
I love St. Lawrence market! There's so much to explore. Various different vendors, from food to clothing to everything in between. I've bought meat veggies fish and bread products here and have always been very happy with the quality. The vendors are always so nice and happy to answer questions and give out samples. I love the mustard shop. Great way to spend a sat morning while getting some shopping done.
Marjan Jackman - 6 days ago
I always love going to the market. Even when I don't need anything, I just love going and seeing everything. They have foods that I can't find elsewhere. And the prices are fair. In some cases I've found items cheaper at the market than at the grocery store. You can get cuts of meat that you can't easily find elsewhere. The product quality is also great. In some cases I'm happy to pay a little more for a superior product. The people who work the stalls are proud of their work and what they produce. They have an abundance of knowledge and love to answer any questions.
Christine Loucks - 18 days ago
Our favourite activity on the weekend. So many great places to get such a wide variety of food. Also so many good food stands to get a bite to eat during the process. All vendors I have been in contact with have always been pleasant and helpful. My favourite grocery areas are on the main floor north east corner and 2 downstairs options. Favourite eats are the famous meatball sandwich a snack the churrasco chicken sandwich. The cheese shops are great most of them even have non pasteurized options if you are intolerant. Look at this salad I made with all market ingredients....
Ari Holtzer - 1 month ago