As there are in all major cities, there are a lot of attractions to visit in Toronto. Among the most popular walking/shopping areas are Chinatown and the slightly bohemian Kensington Market.
These two neighbourhoods are in close proximity to our Toronto Hostel and provides backpackers with inexpensive areas to purchase groceries, clothing, souveniers etc.
But one enormously popular (among local residents) market remains largely undiscovered by many hostel residents.
In past blog entries, we described the old market building (established circa 1803) as one of the top 20 markets in the world. It seems we were a bit off the mark with that claim.
A recent issue of the venerable travel magazine National Geographic has rated the world’s best markets. Our very own contender for inclusion, did indeed make the list!
Toronto’s own St. Lawrence Market sits solidly in FIRST PLACE on the list of the world’s best markets!
From our hostel, it is a pleasant hike of about 20 minutes east along front street to a heritage structure (South Market Building) rebuilt circa 1845 after it was destroyed by a fire. There are over 190 vendors operating inside the building selling meats, fish, produce and spices.
Toronto’s two popular “market” areas are very disimilar in character.
The eclectic Kensington Market is a multi-cultural (and somewhat chaotic) assemblage of fruit, fish, cheese, bread vendors as well as used item sellers and retro-clothing shops. In short, there is everything to be purchased here from Cantelopes to Kiwi Fruit; from Specialty Coffee to Cannibis Paraphenalia.
St. Lawrence Market (our personal favourite) is merely a spectacular market for (very) fresh meat and vegetables and some first rate specialty fast-food vendors.
If you check out this market, we highly-recommend a quick lunch of Pemeal Bacon on a Kaiser Roll – a delicious Canadian fast-food specialty!
St. Lawrence Market’s website is:
Kensington Market’s Website is:
Baldwin Street in Kensington Market .
Kensington Ave., in Kensington Market.
The historic St. Lawrence Market (Named as the “World’s Best Market” by National Geographic Magazine).
Retro-clothing shop in Kensington Market
Among the more than 190 quality food vendors at the St. Lawrence Market.