St. Lawrence Market
What is the best way to spend a day shopping and eating at the St. Lawrence Market? In other words, if I were to go there, which venues/shops/stalls should I go to, and what's the best time to go on a weekend?
I've been wanting to go for a long time now but I never have the time to make the trek down there.
Personally, if you can hack it, I find the best time to go is early in the morning (7:00 or so). It is really good people watching at that time of day. Actually I just got back from being there.
There are a ton of great places to go but some of my favourites are:
Caviar Direct - Smoked Salmon
Carousel - Peameal Sandwiches and bread
Musatchio's - Veal and Eggplant sandwiches
Alex Farms - Cheese
Also all of the North market for fresh veggies.
Enjoy & have fun!
I second the Mustachio's suggestion for Italian sandwiches. Are they open that early though?
I have heard that there are good peameal sandwiches to be had at the market, but I've not tried them.
I actually prefer doing my shopping in Kensington market (vegetables, cheese, meat, etc.), and my eating in St. Lawrence.
The market isn't so big it will fill up a day, so you can actually visit everyone in half a day easily and, if your appetite is big enough, have breakfast, a coffee break, and lunch.
Saturday is the most "markety" day, with the north building open for the farmers' market, but the crowds can be a nuisance if you're into some serious shopping. In which case go on a weekday and try to avoid the lunchtime local office-worker crowds.
There are some great cheese and cured-meat stores on the upper level, and some interesting Eastern European deli and meat stores in the basement. Also in the basement, far southeast corner, is an Italian store, rather jumbled but full of stuff you don't always find elsewhere. The bakeries are disappointing.
If you must go on Saturday, go early, before 9 am.
Here are my favorites:
Smoked Duck at Whitehouse
Candied Salmon from Caviar Direct
Sesame Bagels from St. Urbain Bagel
San Francisco Sourdough and Pretzels from Stonemill Bakehouse
Light Rye from Future Bakery
Truffle Cheese at Scheffler's Delicatessen
Fresh Mozzerella, Fiore de Latte, at Alex Farm
Dig through all the bulk and imported goods at Domino's Foods - there's a half hour done
Salmon Gravalax from Seafront
Whole Cumbrae Chicken from Diliso's
Fresh Pizza Dough at St. Lawrence Ice Cream & Pizza
Peameal Bacon Sandwich with honey mustard - Carousel
Chicken Sandwich - Churrasco
Cheese Crepe - Crepe It Up
Chicken & Eggplant Sandwiches - Mustacio's
Spicy Chorizo and Andouille Sausages from El Gaucho Chorizos
Any meat but especially the bacon from Rowe Farms
Fresh eggs from Clarks
And if you go slightly shopping crazy, like I usually do, there is a great service just outside the middle west doors of the south market.
Just drop off your bags as you shop and then you can pull your car around and pick them up.
Thanks for all your great suggestions so far, guys. I'm planning to go sometime in May since I'm really busy all this April. Thanks again!