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 MarketMap of nearby accommodations:
|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
One of Toronto's truly unique hidden gems. Located just east of the Downtown core you will find endless culinary options. Great selection of fresh food, meats, cheeses, baked goods and everything in between. This landmark building is synonymous with Toronto's diverse and rich cultural diversity. No visit to Toronto is complete without visiting St. Lawrence Market.
Rohit Malik - 4 days ago
Loved this place!! Its a wonderful market for all your fresh goods, meat, cheese, pickles, fish, pies,bread ... the list goes on. And it also has some souvineers shops and a wonderful kitchen and home shop.Parking is not easy, but again it's down town Toronto, so better to be reached by train or bus. You MUST eat there as well, lovely selection of simple.restaurants. we tried the Italian pizzeria and their pasta was one of the best we had.
Hala Sabri - 7 days ago
Nice market, nice culture, definitely a highlight! Very good things to eat for good prices. The general produce and meats etc are not cheap at all, but they sell generally higher quality and more artesanal, local source food. So it's not as much a people's market but rather a tourist's and people-who-work-close type of market. Would definitely recommend to visit it when passing through, visiting downtown, or just in the vicinity looking for something good to eat for a good price.
Uriel Trahtemberg - 10 days ago
A historic location in Toronto. Lot's of shops selling fresh items like meat, fish and seafood, cheese etc. There are also some good eating places for a quick bite. Overall it is a busy and exciting place, full of energy! However, one may feel it is a bit on the touristy side. Still would recommend a visit from to soak in all the sights and sounds and then grab a bite to eat! Ate at an Italian Pasta place on level 1, just beside the stairs.
Tausif Hossain - 14 days ago
It was the first time Ive been to the market and I loved it. I'm mainly plant based and at first glance there's lots of meat and cheese which I wouldn't purchase. There are other little shops though that sell interesting house items as well as lots of healthy living store. I was able to come home with lots of herbs, spices and other grocery items that I can't find at established health food stores. I would definitely make an effort to visit once a year.
Jessica Chan - 1 month ago