The St. Lawrence Market was named in 2012 as the world’s best food market by National Geographic. For us Torontonians, it’s just a little slice of foodie heaven.
The St. Lawrence South Market is a 19th century brick building which is home to the city’s largest market. Open every day except Sunday and Monday, it houses 120 vendors, merchants and artisans. There’s meat and fish stands, produce, cheese and dairy, baked goods plus a few tacky tourist shops thrown in. And there’s lots of sampling to be had. If you really wanted to be cheap, you could just stroll the market sampling everything in sight. But beware, if you go on a Saturday, you’ll have to fight your way through the crowds as this place is insanely busy.
Tip #1: Go on a week day, so much less stressful. Friday night, even better.
If you just want to come for lunch, head to the Carousel Bakery for their famous Peameal Bacon Sandwich. My non Canadian friends always ask what the heck is peameal? Originating in Toronto, it’s pretty much the loin of park rolled in cornmeal. Serve it up on a kaiser roll and you’ve got Toronto’s signature sandwich. In the market just look for the huge line and the smell of bacon.
If antiques are you thing, head over to the North Market on Sundays, where over 80 antique dealers fill the surrounding plaza from dawn to 5pm.
Tip #2: If you do go on a Saturday, some vendors start to give discounts around 3:30-4pm
St Lawrence Market 92-95 Front Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada;