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May 4, 2007 06:33 AM

St. Lawrence Market

Can't believe I've lived in Toronto this long and have never been. I think they're only open on a Saturday, and tomorrow is the only Saturday I'll have off for another while. Just wondering if it's worth the trip (otherwise, I'll go to Niagara on the Lake ... was planning to go Sunday). Also, where would be a good place to park for St. Lawrence Market and do I have to go early?

Thanks everyone.

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  1. Glad you finally made it there. It's one of our favourite places.

    It's the north market that's only open on Saturdays. The south market is open T - S.

    I usually park in the lot directly south of the south market. To the best of my knowledge, there's no really good place to park.


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    1. re: Davwud

      Pretty sure both closed on Sunday.

      1. re: Connoisseur

        I meant Tuesday to Saturday.

        Thanks for pointing that out to me.


      2. re: Davwud

        Hi Davwud, actually I meant to say that I've never been there yet, and wondering if it's worth the trip, since I only have a rare Saturday available tomorrow.

        Thanks for your reply.

        1. re: red dragon

          This time of year is a great time to go - ramps should be there and fiddleheads - go to Marvins Gardens on the north side for both but get there early! (also fresh mushrooms from BC further up the row from Marvins)

          1. re: red dragon

            You won't know if it is worth it until you go.

            So just go.

            Go early, like 9am if you want selection, especially in the North Market where I can never buy the lemon sausages from the sausage guy on the east wall at the south end unless I go by 9am, and they are worth getting there early for.

            If you want price, don't go until 2pm. As they are closed Sunday, prices will be lower at that time.

            If you don't like it, blame me.

        2. Visit Whiteveen's meats in the south market and pick up a tri-tip. Do it on the grill and make fajitas or something like that. It's an awesome piece of meat.


          1. Love the market. But do go early or late, crowds from 11 to 2 are brutal.
            Here is an old but good thread where everyone posted their favourite things at the market.


            1. I'll just respond to your parking question rd. There is a huge indoor lot, south and slightly west of SLM. If you drive south on Church St., you'll drive straight into it. I think it's only a dollar on Sat. am. There's also street parking (metered), if you get lucky. Have fun.

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              1. re: Yongeman

                Wow, thanks everyone for the great tips. I'll have to set my alarm to get there super early.

                Yongeman, thanks for the tip about the parking, hope I can find it and that sounds like a really cheap rate ... parking downtown on weekends can be crazy.

                1. re: red dragon

                  It's a Green P parking lot. We use it too. To help the shoppers at SLM, they set the rate of a buck for your first 2 hours on Saturdays. See you there.

                  1. re: mikeb

                    I love the St. Lawrence Market, and it is a definte must-visit, especially when the growing season starts. I usually go before 11:30 am; after that, a lot of the good stuff is gone and the crowds are massive.

                    I always park on Lombard St. (1 blk north of Adelaide). There is almost always metered street parking available.

                2. re: Yongeman

                  Hi veryone and Yongeman ...

                  Yongeman: just wanted to get back to you on the parking. We found a meter steps away from the main entrance ($2/hour, but a two hour time limit), which was fine ... we were only there for two hours. The Green P parking you mentioned is $1 but only from 5-6am.

                  We had a good time. We really liked Mustachios .. better than California sandwiches. We shared a veal and eggplant sandwich, and my husband had a really good mexican coffee (can't remember the name, but they were downstairs in the south building (in a corner). We also tried the peameal bacon, cheese and egg sandwich at Carousel (ok). We bought some baked goods downstairs as well, but imo, they look better than they taste!

                  1. re: red dragon

                    Hi red dragon. Metered parking that close is great! I think that the sign must be wrong--I'm pretty sure it's cheap parking in the GreenP lot all day. Glad you had a good time. I know what you mean about some of the baking looking better than it daughter bought a muffin last week at the North building which she barely touched, even though it looked great.

                    1. re: Yongeman

                      Sunday the South Market turns into a Fl;ea/Antique Market, the North Market is closed on Sundays.

                      1. re: Danybear

                        That should be: on Sundays the North Market turns into an antique market and the south market is closed.

                3. The south market is open until 7pm on Friday nights which is when I usually go there. I shop there every week because my office is just around the corner. My husband usually finds parking on Market street. So, while the north market is closed every day except Saturday, you can still, as others have mentioned, visit the south market on other days until 6pm. The meat is the thing there, though I do buy produce as well but it isn't local. I like Brown's for any thing to do with pork. Their ribs are unbelievable and their lamb and beef are good too. They make their own sausages and if you go on a Tuesday night that is their sausage-making night. I find their prices very reasonable too. But I believe any of the meat stalls have good quality. Grocery store meat is utterly lacking in taste to me after years of shopping there.

                  Make sure you go to Scheffler's for olives. My boss's family own an importing business and sell their olives there! Also, they have an amazing supply of cheeses and make their own tzatski and humus.

                  I love the market; I can't imagine shopping anywhere else. My husband says I'm not allowed to change jobs so we can go on shopping there..