TORONTO: Totally Touristing It Up @ St. Lawrence Market & Kensington Market

January 13, 2015  •  9 Comments

Photos taken / written by JENNIFER MAHON  |  This post was read 1222 times

St. Lawrence Market (South Building)St. Lawrence Market (South Building)

 

TORONTO

So, New Year’s day brought us to Toronto for a few days to visit family. Now, you’d think that since I’m originally from the GTA that I would know what there is to do there – nope! Besides having been to the CN Tower and SkyDome (yes, to me it will always be SkyDome, not Rogers whatever), I’m a total tourist when it comes to downtown Toronto. So, we did exactly that – totally touristing it up during the day and visiting the fams in the evening.

Did a quick “what to see in toronto” search on Google, dropped my pins on the map and off we went. Toronto posts will have to be split in 3, because we managed to cram quite a bit of touristy stuff in, plus I can't fit all the places we hit in one title. Note: decided to go a little overboard on the photo editing.....just because I felt like it!

 

THE GOODERHAM BUILDING 
49 Wellington Street East, Toronto, ON M5E 1C9

Also known as the Flatiron Building, this sucker is one of the most photographed sights in Toronto – though it seems I was the only sucker out there in -10 C weather to photograph it. Built in 1892 and twin to the one in NYC (this one predates that one by 10 years - take that NY!), the five-story red brick building was one of the grandest of its time, with twelve-foot ceilings, brass fittings and the first manual Otis elevator in Toronto (restored and still in use today). The most interesting fact to me is the walk-in vault that was built to hold the Gooderham riches and the tunnel that was dug so that those in charge could travel from the building to the bank across the street (which Gooderham purchased) without having to walk outside with large bags of cash. I don’t think I would make it a point to see this building, but it is interesting to see and leads right into the St. Lawrence Market Area.

Gooderham Building (also known as the Flatiron Building)

Gooderham Building (also known as the Flatiron Building)Gooderham Building (also known as the Flatiron Building) Gooderham Building (also known as the Flatiron Building)

Gooderham Building (also known as the Flatiron Building)Gooderham Building (also known as the Flatiron Building)

No Pedestrian Crossing - I crossed here anyways for the photo!

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St. James Church 

St. James Church

Gooderham Building (also known as the Flatiron Building)

Gooderham Building (also known as the Flatiron Building)
Gooderham Building (also known as the Flatiron Building)

 

ST. LAWRENCE MARKET  
92 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3
http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/

A block east from the Gooderham Building, is St. Lawrence Market. The South Market (the nice building in all the photos) was closed when we were there, but the North Farmer’s Market was open…..but was a bit of a let down. What most people think of as the market itself, is in fact the South Market Building. The North Market Building on the other side of Front Street is in a modern building that has far less character than the South Market Building. St. Lawrence Market has been called one of the ten best markets in the world. That claim is debatable but it is worth it to see the large building that used to be part of a second city hall, built in 1850. A major overhaul of the building was done in 1899 when it was turned into a market, and restored again in the 1970s. Today there are more than fifty vendors located in the market. They sell a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat products, all very fresh and of high quality.

St. Lawrence Market (South Building)

St. Lawrence Market (South Building)

St. Lawrence Market (South Building)

St. Lawrence Market (South Building)
St. Lawrence Market (South Building)

St. Lawrence Market (South Building)

St. Lawrence Market (South Building) St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market

St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market

St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market

St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market
St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market

St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market

St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market
St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market

St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market

St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market
St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market

St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market

St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market

St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market

St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market
St. Lawrence Market North - Farmer's Market

 

KENSINGTON MARKET 
Kensington Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2K2

Back in the vehicle we head towards Kensington Market. Now, I’ve heard the name of it, never been to it, and was expecting something like the St. Lawrence Market. Turns out it is pretty much just a few blocks of small markets – funky old houses turned into vintage shops, bars, restos and food markets – it’s basically the place to go once you’ve run out of money doing all the other touristy things in Toronto. Right behind Chinatown (near Dundas and Spadina) it’s a multicultural mishmash of quaint bakeries, restos, bars and clothing shops.  If you’re looking for a bargain, or are on vegetarian diet, or just looking for an area to explore for a couple of hours, then this is it.

Kensington Market

Kensington MarketKensington Market Romeo's Fruity Fruits in Kensington Market
Romeo's Fruity Fruits in Kensington MarketRomeo's Fruity Fruits in Kensington Market

Bikes on Wheels (Duh!!!) - Kensington Market

Bikes on Wheels (Duh!!!) - Kensington Market Le Kensington Bistro

Le Kensington Bistro
Le Kensington Bistro Glimpse of the CN Tower from somewhere on Spadina

Glimpse of the CN Tower from somewhere on SpadinaGlimpse of the CN Tower from somewhere on Spadina Feel for a Big Fat Burrito or a Tattoo?

Feel for a Big Fat Burrito or a Tattoo? Loving the street artwork - Kensington Market

Loving the street artwork - Kensington MarketLoving the street artwork - Kensington Market Jerk Spot - NUFF said

Jerk Spot - NUFF saidJerk Spot - NUFF said Nevermind the street art - the best is the "El Cheapo" movers truck at the back

Nevermind the street art - the best is the "El Cheapo" movers truck at the back A little shop in Kensington

A little shop in KensingtonA little shop in Kensington And....we're back at Romeo's

And....we're back at Romeo'sAnd....we're back at Romeo's Houses in the Kensington Market area

Houses in the Kensington Market areaHouses in the Kensington Market area


Comments

dede_wanders via Instagram(non-registered)
Wonderful photograph of the market!! Great angle!!
meichinalife via Instagram(non-registered)
Amazing shot! love your page
TRAVEL KEEPS ME SANE
Thanks all! Was having a bit of fun with the wide angle lens (too damn cold to keep changing them).
Nadia G. via Facebook(non-registered)
Amazing pictures!
Wei via Facebook(non-registered)
That was the red light district and jail over 100 years ago......brought to you by your friendly neighbourhood REALTOR! ;-)
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