The South Market
The South St. Lawrence Market was the location of Toronto’s first City Hall from 1845 to 1899. Since 1901, it has been the premier place to shop for the freshest and widest variety of food items. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, the South Market now houses over 50 specialty merchants who sell the highest quality meat, cheese, fish, produce, desserts and baked goods. The South Market is also home to several tasty eateries where hungry shoppers can grab a bite.
Highlights in the South St Lawrence Market include Carousel Bakery, a market fixture for over 30 years that is renowned for its must-try peameal back bacon on a bun. Cheese merchants such as Alex Farm Products and Olympic Cheese Mart carry dozens of rare and artisan cheese as well as gourmet pestos and olive oils. Some of the best meat purveyors in the city can be found in the South Market such as White House Meats, which boasts a massive selection of game meats including venison, elk, wild boar and kangaroo, and game birds such as squab, partridge, goose and Guinea fowl. A favourite stop for chefs and celebrities is Caviar Direct, which offers fine caviar in a range of prices as well as imported European truffle oils and Canadian specialities such as Arctic Caviar and pickled fiddleheads.
The food merchants are located on both the upper and lower levels of the South Market. A cooking school is located on the West Mezzanine. The Market Gallery, a free City of Toronto cultural exhibit, is situated on the second floor in the original council chamber of Toronto’s first City Hall. Free wireless access is available throughout the South St. Lawrence Market.