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
Lovely market place. Very fresh food and seafood. Cooked food from all over the Globe to represent Canadian multiculturalism at its best is very tasty and flavourful. Lobster is delicious. Great selection of cheeses, fruits, vegetables and meats. This market is unique, almost an attraction with great ambiance and atmosphere. Definitely worth visiting this true Canadian market place.
B. Gold - 9 hours ago
The market has a lot of local produce to offer! Great place for finding fresh ingredients and herbs. You can smell freshly made bread. The bakery shops are also superb. No complaints! Loved it!
Sasiya Supprakit - 22 hours ago
You should visit this historic place if you love old places. The architecture is quite stunning. When it's hot outside, it would be extremely hot inside. Air circulation isn't the best. But the food selection is very fresh here... Worth a try.
L Tang - 2 days ago
St Lawrence Market is a bustling place, full of people, food and variety. The only mistake a person might make is to expect farmers market type prices. The produce is not much of a deal compared to grocery stores. However, the meat and cheese offerings are diverse and competitively priced compared to places outside St Lawrence. It's always packed so a little patience is important in navigating, but there's cool stuff to see and eat so it's worth it.
Hannah Beckett - 4 days ago
You can taste freshest lobster here! I’ve tried lobster in some restaurants before, but I like this way to eat the best. I don’t remember how much this lobster weighs, but it was good enough to eat with 2 people. Price was around $50, so it’s not that expensive considering this quality. Soooo tasty! Also, at first we didn’t know how to order, but friendly staff spoke to me and taught us kindly. It was helpful too.
SAYAKA A. - 22 days ago