St Lawrence Market


Toronto’s St Lawrence market reminds me of Ottawa’s Byward market: an oasis of fresh products right in the heart of the city.

Most of the market is nested inside a two-storey brick building, between King Street East and the Esplanade. We went there on Saturday morning, and boy it was busy! About half of Toronto seemed to have gathered around the baker, and the other half was queuing for meat, fish or appetizers, such as fresh olives, red pepper and feta cheese or artichokes. People were on top of each other — but of course in a very Canadian way: politely queuing, apologizing if they stepped on your feet and saying “please” and “thank you”.

However, like at the Byward Market, food isn’t cheap. Fresh products are still okay, but eating from one of the tasty food stall can set you back a few dollars more than you would have expected. Yet, the food is pretty good!

You can see the full set of the pictures taken in Toronto here.

Market Street

Cinnammon Buns

Grabbing Cheese




Meat Shop

Red Pepper and Feta


Sundry Tomatoes and Artichoke


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  1. @Beth – Especially when the weather is nice… you don’t really want at the usual shops, right?

    @Agnes – Sorry 😆

    @Ryan – You are right! Plus, it’s very central. And let’s face it: once you start browsing the food, you get hungry and just want to buy everything!

    @Gledwood – That’s too bad it got closed. Markets are a great alternative to large supermarkets. Products are so much fresher!

    @Graham – It’s goo to see you back blogging, and I love your new blog idea. I’ll be watching you and doing the count down with you! Hell, I may even suggest some items to add on your list 😆

    @Khatia Caroline – I always like taking pictures of signs!

    @micki – I know, it did make me think of it, especially I had just read your post about it. I really like Toronto’s skyline.

    @Sidney – Yes, it’s a fun way to shop.

    @Seraphine – I know! I don’t eat much meat either and I find it unfair veggie options are almost the same price. Seriously, how expensive can eggplants and peppers be???

  2. It’s so interesting to see everything you see in these markets. I think something like what you see here is very hard to come by and way too much money.. Food here on the Island is also more expensive..

    By the way, have you seen prices go up recently? I sure have. With our new HST going into affect, I think it will be scary loose more money…
    .-= expatraveler´s last blog ..Touring Victoria =-.

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