Lonely Planet Experiences: Canadian Food Discovery at the St Lawrence Market
Join a food-loving local guide, head to one of the city’s most beloved food markets and learn all about some of Canada’s best culinary creations – from poutine to the iconic peameal bacon sandwich. In between bites, your guide will share insights into everything you’re tasting, giving you an inside look at how and what Canadians love to eat!
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What's included :
- 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 and maple candy
- Entry/Admission - St. Lawrence Market
What's excluded :
- Additional food and drinks
- Souvenirs and personal shopping
- Tips/gratuities for your guide
- Entry/Admission - Hockey Hall of Fame
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Hockey Hall of Fame, Brookfield Place - Concourse Level 30 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1X8 Canada
This is where we meet the guide
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: St. Lawrence Market, 92-95 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario M5E 1C4 Canada
After a brief introduction to Old Town Toronto (the neighbourhood where this tour takes place), your guide will walk you past Berczy Park which features a stunning new fountain, on the way to one of their favourite coffee shops for a brew of your choice (coffee or tea), and then to a little sandwich shop nearby which is reputed to have the very best apple cake in the world. You can decide for yourself after a taste of it! It’s a truly local spot we love introducing our guests to.
From there, you’ll make your way to St. Lawrence Market - National Geographic once declared it the “Best Food Market in the World” - where you will learn about the origin of Toronto’s official signature food: the peameal bacon sandwich, which is a must-try food in the market. 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 on the two retail levels and sampling foods that have played an important role in the cultures of immigrants who settled here over the past two centuries, as well as foods which have become so common in this region it’s often a shock for locals to learn some of their favourites are virtually unknown outside of Ontario!
Each stop is a chance for your guide to tell you a little piece of Canadian history and about how the food fits into the cultural landscape of Canada and within their own lives. Each stop also offers the opportunity to interact with vendors, ask questions, and learn even more from the experts!
Foods of your tour can include butter tarts, 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 not only serves the popular French-Canadian dish known as poutine; they do a variation on it which shows the creativity that comes with being unbeholden to any specific culinary tradition!
By the end of this tour, you will not only have a better understanding of what Canadian food is, but also a little bit about about what it means to be Canadian!
Duration: 3 hours
Departure Point :Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8, Canada
Departure Time :10:00 AM
Return Detail :The St Lawrence Market Kitchen, 93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
- Additional Information: The St. Lawrence Market is closed on Sundays and Mondays, so the tour does not run on those days.
- Dietary Notes We can accommodate vegetarians, but much of the food featured has one or more of gluten, butter, refined sugar, eggs, and/or cheese. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests, but other than vegetarians, we do not recommend this tour for people with other dietary restrictions as adequate food substitutions may not be possible
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.