Welcome to St. Lawrence Market
Former industrial hub is now a trendy neighbourhood home to the renowned foodie haven, St. Lawrence Market
Once an industrial area, St. Lawrence has since blossomed into a stylish and hip community lined with cafés, hotels, and boutiques. Locals and tourists alike flock to this trendy neighbourhood. Like The Annex, St. Lawrence Market is easily distinguishable for its intriguing architecture, which includes many Georgian-style properties. This neighbourhood is one of Toronto’s oldest and even encompassed parts of York at one point.
Alongside the unique mixture of different housing styles, St. Lawrence Market hosts many entertainment options like two renowned performing arts venues: Meridian Hall and St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the neighbourhood’s namesake, the St. Lawrence Market. A sprawling culinary emporium titled the best food market in the world by National Geographic, the St. Lawrence Market features more than 200 different vendors, and attracts foodies from far and wide. Residents appreciate being able to walk to some of the local hotspots in this family-friendly and easily accessible district.
What to Love
- The St. Lawrence Market
- Renowned performing arts venues
- Stylish architecture
- Close to the Union Station
People & Lifestyle
One of the nice features of the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood is the diversity in housing as there are two different sectors; the older part that dates back to the early days of Toronto’s inception, and the newer area near The Esplanade that was only built as recently as the 1970s. New construction includes more affordable housing options like co-ops and subsidized housing that is attractive to younger couples.
Sleek contemporary condominiums have started popping up in recent years such as London on the Esplanade with more luxury accommodations currently in development. It’s easy to see why this neighbourhood is considered a landmark achievement in urban planning as it continues to evolve and flourish.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
When it comes to dining, St. Lawrence Market has a great mix of culinary delights that should appease even the pickiest eaters. Fresh Restaurant serves vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free food made fresh daily in-house. Locals love Oliver & Bonacini Café, a trendy bar and lounge. The Old Spaghetti Factory has been a fixture in this neighbourhood since the 1970s and remains a local favourite.
The neighbourhood is also home to Meridian Hall, the largest soft-seat theatre in Toronto and a significant performing arts venue that serves as a hub for art, entertainment, and culture. Downtown Toronto is home to the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, a notable performing arts complex east of Yonge Street. Both theatres regularly host concerts.
Experience the ultimate bier haus experience at Bier Markt in Toronto where you can dine on European-inspired eats while sipping delicious, premium brews. When it comes to nightlife, Pravda Vodka Bar is a sophisticated Soviet resto-bar offering an eclectic menu and happy-hour specials. But if you’re in the mood for classic Canadian dishes then Woods Restaurant & Bar is a great choice. Chotto Matte is another option for upscale eats, offering Japanese and Peruvian fare and unique cocktails.
Things to Do
Berczy Park in downtown Toronto is distinctive for its triangular shape and the extravagant fountain adorned with statues of dogs and a cat. Given the fountain, it’s no surprise that dogs are welcome here!
St. Lawrence Market is Toronto’s premier market, featuring more than 200 vendors, artisans, and merchants. It’s the city’s culinary focal point and an excellent place to shop for fresh groceries and gourmet meals. Celebrate this international food destination during the annual Feast of St. Lawrence, a two-day festival honouring the market’s culinary history. Apart from the feast, there are always dozens of different events happening at the market throughout the year, including Arts at the Market.
And during Ontario’s annual strawberry season, kick-off the start in style with St. Lawrence Market’s yearly strawberry festival.