As a tour guide from Niagara Falls, I often find myself on my way to Toronto for the day with a busload of travelers, curious to experience Canada’s largest city for a day. Trying to pack as much in as possible during a short time is always a challenge. The St. Lawrence Market packs a whole lot of Toronto into a city block.
Located on the corner of Jarvis and Front Streets, this historic market is a bustling and nostalgic marketplace. In 1803, the block was designated as ‘Market Block’ and has been providing a venue for those seeking fresh fruits, vegetables and meats for many years. Not only can you purchase make fresh market purchases for consumption at home, shoppers and curiousity seekers are inundated with the eclectic meal selections that are offered right on site. During the warm weather, the wrap around balcolny serves as a meeting place and tables are filled with local workers and friends enjoying the food and the sun. Inside, there is a small museum housing historical archives and photos.
I have yet to try a sampling of all the foods offered at the St. Lawrence Market but I’m happily making my way through the list. I always leave with a jar of exotic honey from Honey World. I can’t resist ‘free samples’ and with over 50 different types of honey to try, my tour groups and I can’t resist stopping by for a sweet after-lunch treat. Although cautious not to purchase anything that might go bad on the tour bus before it finds its’ way to my kitchen, I am always drawn to the large selection of olives and I make sure to purchase enough to snack on during the rest of the tour.
On weekends, across the road there is another complex that is home to a busy antique and flea market. Individual vendors display treasures of all kinds.
The St. Lawrence Market is a delectable showcase of Toronto’s multiculturalism and all that wander through the doors are guaranteed to leave satisfied!