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
Accommodations near 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 cool meeting place and local foodie shopping experience in Toronto. Some good eating and quality ingredients on site. Live music adds to the experience. As markets go its not the most diverse in terms of the types of shops but if quality and freshness are what you're looking for it's here.
wcboys North - 22 days ago
It was Saturday and the place was packed. But what can you expect when the vendors deliver some of the best meats, cheeses, fish, seafood, breads, baked goods, fruits and vegetables and other prepared foods to enjoy as you’re walking around. We ended up buying a freezer bag so we could pick up goodies that would be cool and safe until we arrived home. If I lived in Toronto I would definitely live close to this very special shopping experience. Be sure to go hungry because there are so many one of a kind options for you to enjoy before you head home
Elisa Simpson - 22 days ago
Excellent market! Nice place to wander through on a Saturday morning. There were so many people offering a taste of their product, I almost felt like I was at Costco but it was all local and delicious. The fresh pasta was amazing and if I wasn't travelling with just carry on I would take so much home. I did pick up some dried okra and garlic. Both so yummy, and only found BC the taste testers! Picked up some funky cards downstairs too. Would have liked to see a local artist or two. I was keeping an eye out for fun prints!
Lindsey Ross - 23 days ago
I really love the st. Lawrence market there is a lot to do here in a lot to see. However most of the food products here are quite expensive so be prepared to pay the extra fees. You might be able to find a few still here in there so I would keep your eyes open, I would highly suggest more free tastings (samples) for your customers. Brings in a lot of traffic. Overall of fun experience and anyone who visits Toronto should probably check this place out.
Aimee Ruggeri - 1 month ago
Best place for many different types of food in Toronto! I can't recommend the handmade pasta enough at the small Italian place in the back, plus tons of different types of honey at Honey World. Very easy 10 minute walk to get here from union Station and you can spend hours looking at all the different shops. Come hungry!
Tim McKeoun - 1 month ago