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St. Lawrence Market and Old Toronto Food Tour

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Toronto, Canada

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Pair history with food tastings, and you have this entertaining walking tour in Old Toronto and the St. Lawrence Market. A guide takes you through the market to a variety of vendors to sample delicacies, such as Jewish bagels, Ukrainian pierogies, Portuguese treats, Indian candy, local cheeses, and the peameal bacon sandwich—enjoyed by chef-celebrities such as Guy Fieri, Emeril Lagasse, and Anthony Bourdain. Along the way, hear about Toronto’s abolitionist movement, the clown riots, and the underground whiskey tunnel during prohibition.
  • Walking food tour in Old Toronto and the St. Lawrence Market
  • Stop at vendors inside the market and try numerous treats of various cuisines
  • Sample Jewish bagels, Ukrainian pierogies, Portuguese treats, Indian candy, local cheeses, and more
  • Admire one of the best collections of stained glass in all of Canada
  • Learn about the city’s abolitionist movement and prohibition-era history
More than 200 years ago, indigenous people traded goods from canoes and fished for salmon on the shores of Lake Ontario behind where St. Lawrence Market stands today in Toronto. Your walking tour takes you through this market and Old Toronto for delicious food tastings and an engaging immersion in history.

Make your way to St. Lawrence Market, where your guide awaits with freshly baked croissants. Guzzle down coffee at an indie coffee shop before starting your historical tour in Old Toronto.

Stop by Toronto's first church and see one of the best collections of stained glass in all of Canada. Learn about the city’s abolitionist movement, underground railway, the clown riots, the first public execution, and the underground whiskey tunnel that operated during prohibition.

Learn how one of the richest women in the world honed her business acumen selling carrots in the basement of St. Lawrence Market, where you circle back to for your food tastings. As you weave your way through various vendors and delicacies, your guide provides the backstory behind each dish you try.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
St James Anglican Cathedral
A uniformed guide will be waiting for you with some freshly baked croissants when you arrive inside the main entrance to St. Lawrence Market. Then it is off to get coffee at an indie coffee shop before heading out for a short stroll through old town Toronto. Your guide will give you a brief history lesson of Toronto and point out places of interest and historical facts along the way.You will visit Toronto's first church and see one of the best collections of stained glass in all of Canada. Hear stories of the underground railway and the abolitionist movement in Toronto, the clown riots, the first public execution and the underground whiskey tunnel that dates back to prohibition.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Lawrence Market
Once you return to the market, the eating begins. Not only will you get to taste amazing foods but your guide will give you the back story as well the history of the dishes as you weave your way through the market tasting 14 delicacies from 12 different vendors.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during St. Lawrence Market and Old Toronto Food Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "This is a must do for people visiting the area."
  • "You cannot leave this tour hungry unless you choose to." See review
  • "The food we tasted was delicious and so fresh, the Canadian bacon sandwich was best, no, maybe the butter tarts, , no, maybe the cheddar potato pierogis, or the sweet drops!" See review

Reviews

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Great tour director and delicious food
Anne_K
, Mar 2020
Excellent tour! We learned a lot of history of Toronto and the ST. Lawrence Market. Food was plentiful and delicious, come hungry to this tour
star-5
A Taste of the World in One Market
Mike
, Feb 2020
The guide was brilliant and displayed an in depth knowledge of both the food in the market and the history of the surrounding area. She did very well to keep the group together on a very busy Saturday afternoon. There was a lot more history of the surrounding area outside the market than I was expecting but this was fascinating. I wasn't expecting such a diverse range of food from around the world!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello Mike, We are glad you had a blast on your St. Lawrence Market food tour. Thank you for leaving us a review.
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Added Walking Tour of St. Lawrence Hall and Cathedral was a plus! Gerry was a great guide every step of the way.
Ilissa_M
, Feb 2020
What a great tour! Interesting, full of historical insights, great sites (beyond the food hall) and terrific tastings which sufficed and lunch AND dinner. Great value and experience for the locals and globals alike.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello Lisa, We are glad you had a great tour learning about the history of Old Toronto and a terrific time tasting your way through St. Lawrence Market. Thank you for leaving us a review.
star-5
Fantastic!!
gloria
, Feb 2020
Our guide was so knowledgeable and she loved her job!! The tor was outstanding and there was tons of food!!!!!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello Gloria, We are glad you had a blast exploring St. Lawrence Market with us. Thank you for leaving us a review.
star-5
Great way to explore the market
Adventure02471243535
, Dec 2019
Our guide was really knowledgeable! The food was great and you get full size portions. By the end we were stuffed and had tried a good portion of the vendors. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hello, We are glad you had an amazing time exploring old Toronto and St. Lawrence Market thank you for taking the time to leave us a review.
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St Lawrence Market etc
jonibenko
, Oct 2019
Beyond expectations! Enjoyed the market, guide was excellent as were the food choices. Loved the small group I was in.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello, We are thrilled that our St. Lawrence Market tour was beyond your expectations!! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!
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A comprehensive look at the Market and its history.
lindamae_11
, Jun 2019
Michael, my guide, was personable and knowledgeable. The Market is bustling and offers something for everyone’s pallet. This tour goes beyond food tasting inasmuch as it includes a walking tour of the area around the Market, which I found to be very interesting. I was especially fortunate because my tour turned out to be a private tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Hello, We are glad you had an amazing time exploring Old Toronto and St. Lawrence with Michael. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.
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Top Rate!
misslinda53
, Jun 2019
Awesome food tour of the St. Lawrence Market and Old Toronto. Our guide John was excellent, providing lots of anecdotal information in his storytelling. The food samples were amazing and quite diverse. I’ve taken many food tours on other travels and this is one of the best. Go hungry, you won’t be disappointed!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Hello, We are honored to be named one of the best food tours you have taken! We are thrilled you had an amazing time with John exploring St. Lawrence Market. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.
star-5
Interesting and Tasty!
Traveler337093
, Jun 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour led by Theresa! This young lady is highly knowledgable, gracious and fun! Got to sample several of the yummy things the market has on offer. Loved the market experinece - came back the next day for more tasty things to eat. Also, there was more that we learned about history of Toronto than we expected. Thank you, chef Scott, for coming down and saying hi! Great experence!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Hello, We are glad you had an amazing time exploring Old Toronto and St. Lawrence market! We are also thrilled you had the opportunity to come back to the market to taste more food with your new found knowledge. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
star-5
Fun food tour!!!!
Flyer17931155070
, Dec 2018
I loved the food on the food tour. Also loved the interesting new facts about Toronto. Both me and my friend will come back to Toronto.

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