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St. Lawrence Market
Type: Food / Gourmet Stores, Gift Stores, Markets, Public Markets, Specialty Shops
Normally food isn't included in a best shopping list, because grocery shopping is often seen as a chore and not pleasure. That is not true at "the world's best food market", in operation since 1803 on... Read More
Normally food isn't included in a best shopping list, because grocery shopping is often seen as a chore and not pleasure. That is not true at "the world's best food market", in operation since 1803 on what was then "Market Block." It was the first permanent farmer's market, and insightful tours can keep you abreast of this important part of Toronto history. In 1834 it became a temporary office for the local civic government. It was rebuilt after the Great Fire of Toronto but continues to be a hub of Toronto activity. Most importantly, it has everything delicious under one roof, from locally aged cheeses to the best peameal bacon sandwiches in town.
- Best Shopping: "If you can go during the week, do so. You won't miss the Saturday crowd."
- Shopping Malls and Centers: "Everything needed for a great picnic can be found at the market. Bring a cooler, visit the market vendors and head out to Toronto Island for the perfect picnic spot."
- Gourmet Stores: "Come in the morning and nosh on a peameal bacon sandwich at the Carousel Bakery, which is a Toronto institution in itself. You'll see."
- Recommended as Best Shopping Because: St. Lawrence Market has all the food you have ever craved under one roof.
- Best for Shopping Malls and Centers Because: Antiques, collectables and fresh flowers. But let's be honest, you're really there for the food.
- Best for Gourmet Stores Because: This is the mecca of Toronto foodie experiences. It wouldn't be hard to spend an entire day eating your way through the market.