When we are in Toronto visiting the kids, we like to stay at a hotel close to the St. Lawrence Market on Jarvis Street. St. Lawrence hosts the food market on Saturdays and an antique market on Sundays. It is amazing to see the plethora of vendors install themselves for the 5am early Saturday food fair and then pack up at 3pm to make room for the antique market move-in for Sunday.
When I was there a month ago, I noticed banners proudly declaring the St. Lawrence Market named as the top food market in the world by National Geographic in their book Food Journeys of a Lifetime. Any who visit the market are astonished to see the variety and diversity of food there. In the North Building are all the fresh fruits and veggies, whereas the South Building has seafood, meats and processed foods like cheese, bakeries and cafes.
Sweetheart and I delight in buying new cheeses that we have never had, or specialty olives. But there is two items that I always seek out. It is from a charcuterie – BBQ flavoured bacon and onion & herb seasoned bacon. These two bacons are the best I have ever tasted.
After browsing through both levels of the market, we go for some fresh air and scan the outdoor vendors as well.
If you are visiting Toronto on a weekend, the St. Lawrence Market is a must shop location for food lovers.
I checked out other National Geographic Top 10 Food lists. I’ll need to visit Vancouver soon to discover the best place in the world to each chocolate, Chocoholic Buffet. Sadly, poutine did not make the top 10 list for best national dish.