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St. Lawrence Market & Old Town Toronto

The Highlights

Check Bubble What’s Featured: Visit one of Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods

Food The Food & Drink: Enjoy 14 tastings at 12 different shops and eateries

Map Marker Meeting Point: Inside the main market doors, 93 Front St. East

Calendar Time: Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Clock Duration: 3.5 hours


Tour National Geographic’s “best food market in the world”

Taste where Toronto began! Over 200 years ago, indigenous people traded goods from canoes and fished for salmon on the shores of Lake Ontario, just behind where the market stands today. St. Lawrence Market has been around longer than Canada and the city of Toronto itself. In 2012, it was named best market in the world by National Geographic.

Our tour begins with a visit to one of the six original coffee roasters in the city for a cup of wake-up juice followed by a visit to the market’s most famous organic bakery for some freshly baked goodness. Next we head out for a short walk and a brief history lesson through Old Town before we duck back into the market to sample Portuguese treats, authentic Jewish bagels, candied salmon (sometimes referred to as Indian candy), local Ontario cheeses and charcuterie, wild game, mustards, genuine Ukrainian perogies, and butter tarts. Of course, we can’t forget the iconic Peameal bacon sandwich, enjoyed by chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Anthony Bourdain, and Guy Fieri when they visit “The Six.” Follow our guide behind the scenes to see some of the oldest origins of the market and hear the story of how one of the richest, most powerful and famous women in the world earned her business acumen selling carrots in the basement of the market.

If you love food and you love history, this tour is for you!

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