St. Lawrence Market, Toronto

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    St Lawrence market

    by kemisteryoso Updated Jan 17, 2013

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    This is a fun filled market to visit whenever in Toronto. It is open 5 days a week( Tuesday to Saturday) and it is the biggest market in the city. The south part houses fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and meet products also baked goods and non food items. The North part is for exhibitions, gatherings, meetings and displays. It also holds special and creative events and performances sometimes.

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    Foodie Heaven!

    by clareabee Written Dec 6, 2011

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    This place was buzzing - it had a great vibe about the place, with locals and tourists rubbing shoulders in this place where you could just about get anything you wanted!
    It was busy, noisy,smelly - just what I like when visiting a food market! All the produce looked excellent and there were plenty of places to grab a good value lunch - just try a peameal sandwich - gorgeous!
    We bought some excellent portuguese custard tarts - the best I have ever tasted - just wished I had bought more!
    Work a visit near lunch time - to sample an excellent cheap lunch

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    Enjoying in and out of St. Lawrence

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Sep 17, 2011
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    Over 120 specialty merchants and vendors are located at Toronto's premier market. It is located at Front and Jarvis Streets, in the centre of the historic Old Town Toronto and is comprised of 3 buildings.

    It is one of the 25 best markets in the world, according to Food & Wine magazine!

    The main and lower levels of the South Market contain over 100 specialty vendors, known for the variety and freshness of their fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, grains, baked goods and dairy products, as well as for the uniqueness of the non-food items for sale.

    The second floor of the South Market is home to the Market Gallery, an exhibition space for the City of Toronto's Cultural Services.

    The North Market is primarily known for its Saturday Farmers' Market, a tradition begun on this site in 1803 and continuing today, as the producers of Southern Ontario bring their seasonal produce to market in the city.

    On Sundays, over 80 antique dealers fill the North Market and the surrounding plaza, displaying their wares from dawn to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

    Every other day, the 10,000 square feet of modern showroom space in the North Market is available to rent for promotional functions, flea markets, displays, large social gatherings, meetings and exhibitions. Rental information is available here.

    St. Lawrence Hall, built in 1850, today houses retail businesses on the ground floor and City offices on the second floor. The third floor, restored in 1967 as the City of Toronto's Centennial project contains the Great Hall which, with the ancillary rooms, is available for rent.

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    Enjoying Busker Fest near St. Lawrence Market

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Sep 17, 2011
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    Toronto's Scotiabank BuskerFest is 4 days and 4 nights of continuous non-stop, side-splitting hilarity. One can witness comedians, contortionists, musicians, magicians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists and a few other feats, no words can describe. In 2011, it was held on August 25th to the 28th, in the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood.

    BuskerFest itself kept us involved. However, we were able to take time off a number of time to make forays into Toronto's Entertainment District.

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    St. Lawrence Market Complex

    by sunnywong Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Since 1803, the St. Lawrence Market has provided Toronto's residents with the best selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese and delicious baked goods.
    During its 200-year history, the Market has also served as Toronto's seat of government, a police station and a jail. It has witnessed the city's evolution from a colonial outpost into a vibrant city.

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    Basking (Busking?) in a Crowd of Delicious Eats

    by ellyse Written Jan 4, 2010

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    Couldn't resist doing some wordplay on the title of this tip! :)
    Busking: I found a busker playing the violin at the entrance to the south building, and another playing a guitar inside the south building, next to the famous Carousel Bakery. The violin guy was actually surprisingly good. An unexpected spot of artistic culture at such a local, down-to-earth location.
    Crowd: St.Lawrence Market is popular with locals and sightseers alike. On my visit on a Saturday morning there was a healthy amount of crowds at the market, though nothing compared to what I see daily on Chinese city streets.
    Delicious Eats: Need I say more? :P Two of the best representatives of unique local food that I found in the south building would be the peameal bacon and the Canadian mustard.
    I first went into the south building, which houses various stalls selling mainly food (raw, semi-processed, processed or even ready-to-eat) such as peameal bacon, bagels, meat, cheese, pasta, seafood, staples, vegetables and even Canadian mustard! Carousel Bakery here is renowned for their peameal bacon sandwiches, though they also sell other food. The place felt clean and tidy, unlike most markets in Asia which're busier and more chaotic.
    I was lucky enough to catch a farmer's market in the north building. There you can find fresh farm produce ranging from more run-of-the-mill stuff like honey, apples, plums, grapes, bell peppers, brussels sprouts, cauliflowers, eggplants, pumpkins, potatoes etc to more exotic (and frequently, splendidly colourful) fare such as kumato tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, apple cider and even whole dehaired pig carcasses strung up from their back trotters, tails waving at passer-bys.
    All these made for excellent photo opportunities and I had a field day clicking away. Highly recommend that you get a peameal bacon sandwich from above-mentioned Carousel Bakery for breakfast.

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    St. Lawrence Market

    by PinkFloydActuary Updated Jun 23, 2009

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    Since the early 1800s, the market has been here supplying those in Toronto with fresh foods. Today, the building on the southern side of the market is still open five days a week with a number of fascinating food stands. The upper level houses a few restaurants, seafood and butcher counters, breads, fruits, etc...much like a boutique grocery store! The bottom level of the market had more focus on specialty and ethnic proprietors. The south market is open Tuesday - Saturday, while the north market, which concentrates on antiques, has more limited hours and open days.

    If you're a big fan of walking around markets that focus on foods, I think you'd enjoy an hour or two at the south market, just to see all of the specialties on sale here. On a weekday, when it isn't particularly crowded, you should be able to take in all the vendors fairly easily in this timeframe.

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    Quick Eats

    by WaRPer Updated Apr 5, 2009

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    Food-wise, St. Lawrence Market has everything you need. From fresh fruits and veggies, seafood stalls, butcher shops, to mini restaurants. It's considered the quickest and (maybe) the cheapest eateries you can find in Downtown Toronto. I, myself, spent almost half a day trying at least 4-5 dishes, and they're all good ;) I personally recommend Buster's Sea Cove (upper level, unit 33)'s chicken and shrimp gumbo, and Crepe It Up on the lower level. *They also have open farmers market every Saturdays on the north side (check their website for more details).

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    The Original Market in Toronto

    by freddie18 Updated Jan 25, 2009

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    Come visit St. Lawrence Market and be a part of the history of the Neighbourhood. It is very accessible to public transport in Toronto that made it easy to locate. The market caters for all consumable food items. There is a big space to have your lunch or dinner with wide array of menu selection. You can sit down and have Greek souvlaki, Korean food, Chinese and Arabic to name a few. You will definitely enjoy the place to eat and have food "to go" at reasonable prices. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always available for you. There is a lot more that you can find in this major market. I invite you to check information at www.stlawrencemarket.com

    Market Hours:
    Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays 8pm to 6pm
    Friday 8am to 7pm
    Saturday 5am to 5pm

    Farmers' Market:
    Saturdays from 5am to 2pm

    Sunday Antique Market:
    Sundays 8am to 5pm

    So, come on and enjoy your meal at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto!

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    Historic St. Lawrence Market

    by meteorologist1 Written Aug 23, 2008

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    The St. Lawrence Market is a major market located in downtown Toronto, specifically the old, historic part of the city. Inside the building you will find tons of interesting vendors and stands selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables and meats to homemade goods and gifts. You will also notice a lot of ethnic cuisine served here. It is a great place for a meal or afternoon snack just to try out different flavors of the world. The place can be a little crowded sometimes with a farmers market feel. But I would compare this place to Vancouver's Granville Island market or Seattle's Pike Place Market.

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    A Bustling Market

    by nelro Written Jan 15, 2008

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    st. lawrence market is a bustling market, the oldest one in the city. the building dates from the 1800s, and the market from even earlier. it is great fun to go their, as you can see foods that you don't see everyday (example: lemon peper pasta)

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    St. Lawrence Hall

    by mikey_e Written Sep 30, 2007
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    St. Lawrence Hall was designed in Renaissance revival style by William Thomas in 1850, after a fired gutten St. Lawrence Market. This was meant to be the centre of Toronto's social life, and it was, with its large amphitheatre. It was where popular political and cultural figures addressed the city's elite and where important fairs and exhibitions were held. It was gradually overtaken by other gatheringspots, and was briefly occupied by the National Ballet School before being restored for the centennial in 1967. Today it is mainly a place for weddings and exhibitions.

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    The Farmer's Market

    by mikey_e Written Sep 17, 2007

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    St. Lawrence Market is not an actual farmer's market, which is why it may be a bit of a disappointment for anyone looking for specifically local produce. If that's your thing, head across the street to the Farmer's Market building at 92 Front Street. This market is not nearly as upscale as its neighbour across Front, but it is no less trendy with its organic local produce and Toronto takes on such varied goods as chorizos and English baked products.

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    Delicious sightseeing

    by mikey_e Written Sep 17, 2007

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    St. Lawrence market is another one of Toronto's historic shopping experiences but, unlike Kensington market, this is hardly a study of the city's immigration patterns. St. Lawrence market is located very close to the luxury condos that sprung up near Harbourfront and the financial district, which means that many of its clients are among the city's wealthiest inhabitants. The market wasn't always this way - before, when the area was rundown, it was just a regular market with some interesting and neat shops, among them a great churrasqueria and pea meal bacon shop. Today, many of the market stalls offer organic produce, chic takes on market cuisine, products from New Zealand or Japan and some novel forms of jam and baked goods. Some of the original sellers are still in the marketplace, like the cheeseshop at the south end of the building, which always specialized in fancy and imported cheeses. The market can get very busy during the weekends and many who come here are just gawkers and tourists as well (so there's no pressure to buy).

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    by Wendy67 Written Oct 10, 2006

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    In researching which markets to visit in Toronto, I found that most people prefered the St. Lawrence Market. On Sunday we found the usual antique market. Personally, we thought it was a bunch of junk, but junk to us is probably someone else's treasure. You'll have to decide.

    Apparently Saturday is food market of some sort. See www.toronto.com for more details on what the market offers during the week.

    If you can, use public transportation. While there is abundant parking, getting around is difficult in a car.

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