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Toronto's culinary institution is the community shopping experience we need right now

A pillar of the Toronto community, St. Lawrence Market's vendors have safely peddled their wares throughout the pandemic, offering in-person shopping, curbside pickup and delivery.  

Long before the CN Tower, the SkyDome (no, we'll never call it the Rogers Centre) and countless other architectural wonders made up its iconic skyline, St. Lawrence Market was an anchor in the Toronto community. Located on Front Street East, the culinary institution and focal point has been opening its doors to hungry residents since 1803 — and thanks to its hardworking staff and roster of incredible artisans and makers, it has managed to stay open during one of the toughest periods of business.

Throughout COVID, St. Lawrence Market has continuously operated using precautions and safety protocols to ensure that Toronto shoppers have reliable access to quality, fresh food. With more than 120 dedicated vendors operating under one roof, keeping a smooth shopping experience has never been an easy task. While some shopkeepers opted to temporarily close during the pandemic, a combination of mandatory use of masks, enhanced sanitization, plus capacity management has meant that the vast majority of its beloved vendors are still peddling their wares to food lovers in the city.

The market's opening hours

93 Front St. E.

St. Lawrence Market's main market building remains open to the public from:

> Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m

> Saturday from 5 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Plus, the Saturday Farmers Market operates inside the Temporary Market every week from 5 a.m. - 3 p.m.

It might be famous for Carousel's peameal sandwich, but St. Lawrence has what you need for every meal or occasion. From fishmongers and butchers to cheese and bagel stores, St. Lawrence Market is a one-stop-shop for everything you need to make amazing meals at home. At a time when Toronto's restaurants remained closed, the market offers a unique opportunity to shop and support local makers and purveyors of specialty food under one roof. Pick up the hole-y grail at St Urbain Bakery, Canadian cheddar at Alex Farm Products or cured meats at Dnister Ukrainian Store, then stop off for provisions from local favourites like ChocosolColwell Farms and Acropolis Organics from the Farmers Market located inside the Temporary Market (at 125 The Esplanade).

Whether you have a shopping list to check off, or you're looking for suggestions for dinner, the small business owners are on hand to provide a personalized grocery experience. But if you don't feel like shopping in-person, the market offers alternative solutions for all shoppers. Choose from convenient curbside pickup or put up your feet pre-cooking with their home delivery service from Inabuggy.

To start planning your trip to St. Lawrence Market, click here.

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