I love the St. Lawrence Market a bustling modern day market that began in 1803 when Lt. Governor Peter Hunter declared that all the land North of Front Street, West of Jarvis. south of King Street and east of Church Street officially became the Market Lands. Around 1803 a wooden building was erected and then in 1831 it was replaced with a brick one, unfortunately in 1845 the structure was destroyed by the great fire of Toronto. The structure was rebuilt and housed the early City of Toronto Municipal council. The St. Lawrence Market Complex today is comprised of three main buildings: The South Market, the North Market and St. Lawrence Hall. Their main purposes are described in brief below.
The South Market is comprised of the main and lower levels of the building, containing over 120 merchants. From fruit and veg dealers, butchers, fishmongers, cheese and bakeries every kind of conceivable fresh food can be found here. The best bagels and baked goods are a real treat. If you fancy some fresh seafood for lunch check out Buster’s Seacove, the lineups for lunch are incredibly long but the efficient staff and order taking process make the line ups move very fast. Buster’s at St. Lawrence Market are famous for their fish sandwiches and Po’Boys at a very reasonable price.
The second floor of the South Market is home to the Market Gallery, an exhibition space for the City of Toronto’s Cultural Services.
The North Market is famous for the Saturday Farmers’ Market, a tradition begun on this site in 1803 that continues until today with farmer’s bringing in locally grown and produced fruits, vegetables, specialty meats and cheese. On Sundays, the North Market is taken over by over 80 antique and vintage dealers.
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