Guided tour

Toronto: Canadian Food Discovery at the St Lawrence Market

Toronto: Canadian Food Discovery at the St Lawrence Market

From US$ 73.11 per person

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.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available

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
  • Join a carbon neutral tour, organized and led by an eco-certified tour operator
Full description

Discover the local cuisine of Toronto with a visit to a famous food market and enjoy the most delectable local eats with an expert knowledge guide.

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, 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, head to 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 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.

Learn about foods that 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 that 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
  • Maple candy
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Gratuities for your guide
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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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

  • This tour is organized and led by the world's largest travel B-Corp certified company. B-Corp Certification measures a company’s social and environmental impacts and responsible tourism practices
  • 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)
Customer reviews

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Great way to see the market, learn about the history and taste some great food. The apple cake, pea meal sandwich, and butter tart were delicious. My guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour really great. Highly recommend.

July 3, 2022

Tim was terrific. He knew so much about the area and the food scene in Toronto. The market was amazing. The whole family had a great time!

July 30, 2022

September 29, 2022

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