|Store Type |||Accessories, Candy, Flowers, Food/Drink|
|Getting There |||King streetcar or Union station|
|Cross Street |||Front & Jarvis|
|Tues-Thu 8AM-6PM, Fri 8AM-7PM, Sat 5AM-5PM, Closed Sun-Mon|
Profile Last Updated: September 23, 2008
Sprawling along Jarvis Street, between King and the Esplanade, the St. Lawrence Market is certainly not to be missed. Along with its historic value for the city of Toronto, it is also a cultural centre, where various vendors and artisans can display their goods and wares. Designated in 1803 as the “Market Block”, St. Lawrence has thrived over the past two centuries as a triad of government works, local commerce, and social activity for residents and tourists alike. Voted one of the top 25 markets in the world by Food & Wine Magazine, the St. Lawrence Market is comprised of three buildings that offer plenty to do and see.
The South Side
The South Market, originally Toronto’s first city hall, is now known for its large open space, where over 60 vendors proffer fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, grains, baked goods, and dairy products. A diverse mix of specialty items, such as handcrafted jewelry, fine caviar, belly dancing apparel, oriental arts, gourmet mustards, and specialty coffees, can be found as you weave through the upper and lower levels. The South Market even has several restaurants and snack bars scattered throughout, so you can sit and relax between the hustle and bustle. In addition to foods and crafts, the Market Gallery on the second floor showcases a melange of paintings, artifacts, and photographs that exalt the protean nature of this vibrant city.
Traditional Farmers’ Market
The tradition of the Farmers’ Market has continued since the Market Block’s inception, located at the North Market. Every Saturday, Ontario growers and producers flock to the site, bringing with them their seasonal produce. Sundays are home to the antique market, where over 80 antique dealers display their collectibles. Every other day, the 10,000 square foot showroom is available for exhibitions and promotions. Sometimes it’s a flea market, and other times a place for music and dance.
Reproduced 19th Century Luxury
Lastly, the St. Lawrence Hall is available to rent for various social and business functions. The Great Hall has been authentically reproduced to its mid-19th century character, with a large gas-lit chandelier, elaborate plaster ceiling, fine paintings, and red plush furnishings. Seating 200 people comfortably, the Hall adds a luxurious touch to any gathering.