St. Lawrence Market Tour

Free Walking Tour Toronto

Local market experience

Expert guide

Pay what you feel

This 90-minute walking food tour explores some of the regional flavours of Canada and our favourite vendors National Geographic declared “The Best in the World.” Buy what you want to try!


Learn some history of the St Lawrence Market area

Sample some amazing foods made in Canada

Meet some of the nicest vendors in the market

Buy a variety of foods to sample and share

Spend far less than you would on any other food tour!

Get to know the market with a local expert then explore more on your own until the market closes (6pm)

Tour Details



*Please note that Saturdays are extremely busy in the market, with huge crowds of shoppers and tourists. We recommend visiting the market on days other than Saturdays for optimal tour enjoyment.


1 hour


Free! We only ask that you tip your guide at the end if you enjoyed the tour.

Comparable tours will cost you $20-$30 per person plus gratuity. Our tours are free but our guides work for tips only. A tip is the best way to say “thank you” for a great tour.

Meeting point:


End point:


Maximum group size:

15 people per guide. Reservations are highly recommended!

Weather contingency:

Our tours run rain or shine. Please dress for the weather!

*If the weather is bad (or cold), this tour can be done almost entirely indoors using the famous PATH system of underground corridors!

Participation requirements:

Please note that we cannot accommodate school groups on public tours. Plan your school group tour here.


There is no food included in this tour except for some small samples from some of the vendors (at their discretion). You can easily have a great experience spending $20 in the market. Buy what you want to try, pass on the rest. Bear in mind most food tours have a pre-set menu and cost upwards of $60. This is the most affordable and tasty way to experience the market!

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Beginning inside the front entrance of the famous St Lawrence Market, (established in 1803), your guide will take you on a short walk of the area to give you a sense of what the old Town of York was like and how the market developed over time to be one of the top attractions in this great city.

Upon entering the South Market Building, which houses the permanent vendors (unlike the seasonal vendors in the North Market Building), your guide will lead you to their very favourite spots and those that sell particular foods that tell the story of Canada’s settlement and the people who came from around the world to make this country their new home. Canadian food is very regional and this tour will cover the country coast to coast.

This is a free tour, but does not include any food except for a few small samples or tastings provided by some of the vendors at their discretion. Your guide will recommend things to buy and try (and share with others if you like), but what you purchase is completely up to you! You can have a great experience spending $20 or less on food in the market, or you can go all out if you like. Most food tours in Toronto cost $60 or more, so spending $20 and tipping your guide means an incredible value for you!

Good to Know

Please note, some dates will "sell" out! Please book your tour well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Our tours run rain or shine. Please dress for the weather!

We do not charge anything for this tour and our guides are not paid for it, so please tip your guide if you enjoyed the experience!

While we can’t accommodate school trips on our free public tours, we would be happy to lead your school group on this tour route! Check out our school groups offerings here.

We cannot delay tour departures, so please arrive to the meeting point on time to make sure you catch the tour.

CANCELLATION POLICY - If you decide not to join us for a tour you have booked (your promise to attend), please notify us as soon as possible at so we can free the spot so another person can take your place.

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