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. Is that cod?
    I don’t usu­ally see it like that in Britain.
    Nor­mally freshly packed in plas­tic con­tain­ers, which is very odd.
    Because it’s the most pop­u­lar choice of fish used in fish and chips.

    Cod, tuna, etc are being over­fished these days…

    Peo­ple here still eat cod fish and chips; Japan still con­sumes lots of tuna.
    .-= Lon­don Caller´s last blog ..Ran­goli of beans / 豆子的蓝果丽 / Ran­goli kacang / 豆のランゴリ =-.

  3. 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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