St. Lawrence Market is a central and large public market in Toronto, Canada, mainly known for its fresh, high-quality produce. Over two centuries old, St. Lawrence Market consists of several prominent and cultural buildings such as St. Lawrence Hall, St. Lawrence Market North, and St. Lawrence Market South, each a distinct example of stylized architecture.

St. Lawrence South was Toronto’s first city hall and jail, whereas St. Lawrence North is connected to the meeting place St. Lawrence Hall. On the southwest corner of Front and Lower Jarvis Streets, the market is also popular for its location in Toronto’s historic Old Town.

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What are the highlights of St. Lawrence Market in Toronto?

A farmer’s market is hosted by the North building every Saturday, with 43 vendors inside the building and many cart vendors outside the building. On Sundays, there’s an antiques market instead, often displaying an even greater variety of goods.

On the west side of St. Lawrence Market North and St. Lawrence Hall, Market Lane Park’s gardens, flowerbeds, and landscaping features are additional testaments to the area’s history, converted to pedestrian use only in 1967. St. Lawrence Hall is also a 1,000-seat amphitheatre, which hosted public gatherings, concerts, and many other events as the social centre of Toronto before other businesses outgrew its venue.

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What else is good to know about St. Lawrence Market in Toronto?

St. Lawrence Hall features defining traits of 16th-century Italian Renaissance architecture, with a Roman temple, Corinthian columns, three Classist arches, and a purely decorative cupola on top of its main hall. The hall still regularly hosts art shows, weddings, and different kinds of conferences.

St. Lawrence Market is open every day except Mondays, Sundays, and certain holidays. Christmas trees and other holiday decorations are offered in the late fall to early winter season. The South building offers Wi-Fi free for public use. People usually visit the market for approximately 2 to 3 hours at a time.

St. Lawrence Market in Toronto

Location: 93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada

Open: Tuesday–Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 5 am to 4 pm (closed Sunday–Monday)

Phone: +1 416-392-7219