For more than 200 years, the St. Lawrence Market has been at the heart of Toronto’s food culture. It is a gathering place for food vendors and artisans alike that is split into two levels. Not only is it considered to be one of Toronto’s culinary hot spots, but it's also one of the best food markets in the world.
If you have the opportunity to visit the next time that you’re in town, but sure to check out these vendors for a quintessential Toronto experience:
One of the market’s landmark vendors, Carousel Bakery is known as the birthplace of the Canadian Peameal Bacon sandwich. The bakery also serves a variety of sandwiches and wraps (including chicken and veal Parmesan, sausage, steak, and vegetarian) on a selection of more than 300 types of international breads.
Buster’s Sea Cove
Another institution at the market, Buster’s is famous for its fish and chips, fish sandwiches, curly fries, and homemade slaw. They also operate a popular food truck in addition to their market location that offers a similar, yet still unique, sandwich menu. A favorite sandwich at both spots is the Maine-style lobster roll.
Scheffler’s Deli & Cheese
Scheffler’s Deli & Cheese has been at the St. Lawrence Market for more than five decades. In addition to their cheeses, they’re known for offering a wide selection of antipasti and finger foods including stuffed peppers, tomatoes, grape leaves, roast garlic buds, fresh-made pesto, dips, salads, and olives. According to their vendor page, they also have "the largest selection of prosciutto in the city" — a must-try for meat lovers.
This bakery has been a vendor at the market since 1926! As you might expect, they offer a variety of homemade pies (a customer favorite), tarts, and jams among other baked goods that are made from ingredients from local growers. They also serve vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, and gluten free options.