Toronto City Tours: Gastronomic Destinations

Toronto city tours offered by Global Alliance allow our clients to experience Canada’s largest metropolis in comfort from the seat of one of our luxurious vehicles with an experience chauffeur as a guide, with the further option to be dropped off to explore Toronto’s many attractions on their own. Below are a few places in the city where foodies and gourmets alike will find gastronomic delights.

St. Lawrence Market – Located in a grand, historic building dating from the 1850s which was once Toronto’s first permanent city hall and jailhouse, the St. Lawrence Market has been utilized as a foodstuffs market since 1899 and has been consistently rated one of the top food markets in the world since its revitalization in the late 1970s. The building runs along Jarvis Street between Front Street East and the Esplanade in the oldest part of the city. It features restaurants, take-out counters, pubs, delis, butchers, produce markets, cheesemongers, and fresh seafood stalls on the main, and much of the same on the lower level in addition to specialty foods and goods shops, bulk food stores, and sweets and desserts. The Market is closed on Mondays and busiest on Saturday mornings and early afternoons; get there early if you want fresh bread, it’s typically all gone by noon. St. Lawrence Market (named after the patron saint of chefs, who advised the Romans who grilled him alive how he was to be best cooked) is an overflowing cornucopia of cuisine and a must-visit for any food-lover. Try the iconic peameal bacon on a bun, a Toronto original.

Kensington Market – For the funkier foodie, Toronto has Kensington Market, just east of Spadina Avenue between College Street and Dundas Street West. A multicultural, eclectic, ever-changing collection of restaurants, bars, bakeries, butchers and cheese shops, food stalls, produce markets, and thrift and specialty shops, Kensington is most itself on weekend afternoons, especially the monthly pedestrianized Sundays, when vehicular traffic on the narrow streets is suspended. Toronto’s vibrant Chinatown is mere steps away as well, concentrated along Spadina close its intersection with Dundas, for those visitors in the mood for dim sum, dumplings, or bubble tea.

Bloor-Yorkville – Commonly referred to only as Yorkville, this neighbourhood just north of Bloor Street West between Yonge Street and Avenue Road is among Toronto’s most logo-blueupscale and exclusive neighbourhoods. With several of the city’s most exclusive luxury hotels in the vicinity as well as big-name upmarket retail on Bloor and upscale shopping and art galleries in the neighbourhood, Yorkville is hardly known only as a gourmet dining destination. But it is most assuredly that, with many acclaimed fine dining restaurants and ritzy lounges as well as high-end groceries such as Pusateri’s and Whole Foods.

Leave a Reply