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Inside the St. Lawrence Market picture in Toronto
St. Lawrence Market picture in Toronto
St. Lawrence Market picture in Toronto
Inside the St. Lawrence Market picture in Toronto
St. Lawrence Market picture in Toronto
St. Lawrence Market picture in Toronto

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Located in Toronto's historic Old Town, the St. Lawrence Market has seen many faces since its construction in the 17th century. Along with being a marketplace, the St. Lawrence Market has served as the city's social center, as well as its City Hall. Today, the market sells goodies galore, from gourmet cured meats on one end to handcrafted jewelry in the other. The St. Lawrence Market is divided into three buildings: the South Market, the North Market and St. Lawrence Hall. The South Market features 120 vendors that sell a mix of food and retail items. There are also cooking classes held at the Market Kitchen as well as exhibitions on the city's art, culture and history held in the Market Gallery. The St. Lawrence Hall houses retail businesses, while the North Market is famous for its historic farmers market. Every Saturday since 1803, purveyors from Southern Ontario gather at the North Market to sell their seasonal produce. On Sundays, the farmers market converts into a flea market, where more than 80 vendors sell antique items.

The St. Lawrence Market is often regarded as one of the best food markets in the world by foodie experts, and travelers couldn't agree more. Not only were recent visitors impressed by the overwhelming amount of delicious food under this market's one roof, but they also loved how reasonably priced items were. According to some visitors, the food is only half the fun. Many strongly recommended holding out on a visit for Saturday, when the market truly comes alive with vivacious vendors hawking their fare to both hungry tourists and locals. If you're not one for big crowds, make sure to get there really early. Some visitors say you cannot leave the market without getting a peameal bacon sandwich at the Carousel Bakery. A signature dish in Toronto, the sandwich is simple – Canadian back bacon stuffed between a Kaiser roll – but packs a flavorful punch.

The St. Lawrence Market is open throughout the day from Tuesday through Saturday. Hours vary by day but admission is free. You can find the St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto, less than a mile from the King subway station. For more information, visit the St. Lawrence Market's website

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