St. Lawrence market and Distillery
Toronto is not only diverse in its population but also its abundance of local and international culinary delights.
This tour will take you to St. Lawrence market, Toronto's famous century-old indoor food market, and then to the equally historic and charming Distillery District, a converted Victorian industrial complex, filled with speciality food stores, charming coffeehouses, cafes, restaurants, and a beer brewery.
I will take you to some of the most well-known and loved food stalls in St. Lawrence market, and explain their specialties for you to taste and/or buy.
We will then walk to the Distillery district (15 minute walk), and if weather is not in our favour, there is an alternative indoor option to visit the world-class school of Culinary Arts at George Brown College.
Suggested start time 10AM (though can be flexible), meeting at the entrance of St. Lawrence market.
We will spend around 1 hour touring Toronto's famous indoor food market, stopping at some famous stalls to introduce our local food specialities. You will also learn about the history of this famous building and neighbourhood.
Next, we will walk to the Distillery District, which is a 10-15 minute walk. Since the Distillery is completely pedestrianized, it is a perfect place to walk around, and take in some local history, as well as some gourmand shops. There are also places to sample beer, sake, and gin, all made on the premises.
If the weather is not good for outdoor exploring, we can also visit the George Brown school of Culinary Arts, one of the most well established places in Canada to study all things to with restaurants, hotels and catering. There is a one hour tour of the facilities.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will meet at St.Lawrence market, which is located at the corner of Front st. E. and Jarvis st. If the market is closed (Sundays, Mondays), we will arrange to meet in the Distillery, or at your downtown hotel.
End location: The tour will end at the Distillery District (near Front St. E. and Parliament), or in the area of St. Lawrence market, if the tour of George Brown College is taken.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
Time is approximate and may depend on weather, and pace of walking. Starting time is negotiable, though may be limited by opening/closing times of places visited.
*St. Lawrence market is not open on Sundays, and Mondays, so it is preferable not to book on those 2 days, though alternatives can be created.
The tour will be on foot and public transportation.
Tour guide services, including restaurant, culture and shopping recommendations, and some samples of food.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 CAD - Money for lunch and any purchases made at visited shops, though most will take credit cards/debit.
Though some free samples of food and drink may be available, some tastings (e.g. sake) will cost extra, and can be add-ons, as private tastings. Any food purchases will cost extra, and places will take credit or debit cards, but having some Canadian currency may be handy.
I am not a driver, and all my tours are on foot or by bicycle, and all tours meet close to public transit.
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Felicia is a very knowledgeable tour guide and was very pleasant to spend time with. I would classify the tour as more of a neighborhood type tour with an emphasis on food destinations. Felicia did a great job of pointing out unique places to eat/drink in all the areas we visited and her knowledge of local history was extremely interesting. Overall, I highly recommend Felicia.