1. Canada
  2. Ontario
  3. Toronto
  4. St Lawrence Market

Lonely Planet Experiences: Toronto Market and Food Tour

Product ID: 353036
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Join a food-loving local guide in Toronto. Head to one of Canada’s most beloved food markets and learn all about some of Canada’s best culinary creations. Prepare to experience dishes ranging from poutine to the iconic peameal bacon sandwich.
About this activity
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Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

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Experience

Highlights
  • Try Toronto’s signature food: the peameal bacon sandwich
  • Bite into a "Montreal style” bagel, the only type of bagel to go into space
  • Try the “world’s best apple cake”
  • Learn about Canada’s multiculturalism through a variety of food tastings
Full description
Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience.

After a brief introduction to Old Town Toronto (the neighborhood where your tour takes place), your guide will walk you past Berczy Park which features a stunning new fountain. From there you will make your way to one of your guide's favorite coffee shops for a brew of your choice, before you visit a small sandwich shop nearby which is reputed to have the best apple cake in the world. From there you’ll make your way to the St. Lawrence Market, which National Geographic once declared the “best food market in the world”.

At the market you’ll learn about the origin of Toronto’s official signature food: the peameal bacon sandwich. Celebrity chefs from Emeril to Anthony Bourdain have bitten into one of these, and now it’s your turn. Time will be spent inside the St. Lawrence Market visiting vendors and sampling foods that have played an important role in the cultures of immigrants who settled there over the past two centuries. You will learn about foods which have become common in this region, including how some of the favorites are virtually unknown outside of Ontario.

Each food stop offers the opportunity to interact with vendors, ask questions, and learn even more from the experts. Foods throughout your tour can include butter tarts, artisanal mustard and pretzel sticks, ginger ale, Montreal-style bagels, cheese curds, pierogis, maple candy, and more. The final stop on the tour will be a local pub which has been around for decades. This spot serves creative versions of the popular French-Canadian dish known as poutine. By the end of the tour, you will not only have a better understanding of what Canadian food is, but also a little bit about what it means to be Canadian.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Locally roasted coffee (or tea)
  • Famous Canadian soft drink
  • Piece of peameal bacon sandwich
  • 1 butter tart
  • Piece of Montreal-style bagel
  • Apple cake
  • Pierogis
  • Poutine
  • Maple candy
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Gratuities for your guide

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide on the sidewalk outside the Hockey Hall of Fame Building on the NW corner of Front St. and Yonge St.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Vegetarians can be accommodated, but much of the food featured has one or more gluten, butter, refined sugar, eggs, and/or cheese products
• Please notify in advance if you have any dietary requests
• The St. Lawrence Market is closed on Sundays and Mondays, so the tour does not run on those days
• This is a child-friendly tour, children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above (children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge)

From US$ 69.92 per person

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Urban Adventures Canada

Product ID: 353036