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Apr 6, 2012 07:39 AM

St. Lawrence Market - "World's Best Food Market" in National Geographic List -

I saw this yesterday:

I do enjoy shopping at the SLM but I was surprised to see it take top honours.

Items I would make a special trip to the SLM for are:

Kozlik's mustards
Grains & Rice from Rube's
Coffee Beans from Roasters
Sausages from El Gaucho
Mushrooms from the Mushroom vendor in the north market

It's also nice to know I can go there and find most cuts and types of meat, poultry and game if I need them and of course choose from a variety of fish and seafood.

I'm curious to see what others have to say.

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  1. I don't know about top, not having visited all of them but it's definitely up there.

    1. No way!!!! Good by Canadian standard but In terms of product selection and choices, especially the exotic ones, I would rank La Boqueria in Barcelona and Borough market in London way ahead of it. Much more 'exciting' to walk around!!

      1. Like most of you Hounds, I've browsed the markets of other cities, towns, and villages. I've long held that the SLM and the SLMFM (looks like a curse, doesn't it?) is amongst the best in the world.

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        1. re: Googs

          No, impossible! If it's in Toronto, it must be in some vague way inferior to an undefined vision of everywhere else. ;)

          Seriously, though, I agree. It's a great market, and it's nice to see it get some credit.

        2. This sounds more like something TO Life cooked up.

          Crikey, if that's true then the rest of the planet must be in agony.

          What we know, and Nat Geo obviously doesn't, is that range of food on offer is what's spectacular about TO and the 905 as a whole, not just what's peddled at that tourist trap on Front St.

          1. It's funny as I'm in Nice this week and am loving the market, but have to agree that it doesn't have the volume or variety SLM has. That being said, I'm off to London tomorrow and can't believe Borough Market is only #10. It is hands down my favorite market in the world. Maybe they took into consideration hours and how many days they're open?

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            1. re: eppicurious

              Awesomely predictable responses here.

              1. re: jamesm

                The SLM is great and especially for the range of products you can buy there. However, in my experience for vegetables the Farmers Market at the Etobicoke Civic Centre has them beat.

                1. re: jamesm

                  So true jamesm!! I love a lot about Toronto...but I never suspected the SLM would be so highly regarded globally...great to see.

                  1. re: T Long

                    Great to see and but in some area hard to believe. I love shopping at Rubes --as did my father. Love the fish stores and the meat stores and the mustard. But the veggies often leave a lot to be desire and the men's washroom in the basement would fit into any Chinese restaurant at Spadina and Dundas.

                    1. re: Herne

                      If I were to agree with you, it sounds like maybe you havent visited the north market where I would personally disagree. (produce, not washrooms)

                      1. re: justsayn

                        You are correct. I usually go only into the south market--which is the market for me. I was in the north market about 3-4 years ago on a Sunday I believe and it was a flea market at the time.

                        1. re: Herne

                          I go to slm a lot. But would have to agree not the besr. After visiting mkts in asia and europe, i would have to say there are some that i wish were here in TO. Even in NA, we would rank the LA one pretty high on the list.
                          But we love the meats and coffee places at slm. And everything is reasonably priced, cheaper than whole foods.

                          1. re: Herne

                            Herne: on Sundays it's a flea market, but on Saturdays it's a farmer's market...a pretty great one too. We never buy produce from the south market, only the north.

                            1. re: ltdan

                              Ok That explains things. I like to just walk through the place and look around

                              1. re: Herne

                                When I sleep in I buy produce in the south market at Ponesse.

                  2. re: eppicurious

                    As far as I know, there's no indoor market in Nice, so it's not really comparable. The most spectacular food and flower market there is in the Old Town, Cours Saleya, to be precise, a couple of short blocks away from the sea front. Don't miss it!