Like most large cities around the world, the city of Toronto is a mosaic comprised of many cultures and ethnicities. This diversity brings much to the city’s vitality, especially as respects the food options. While in Toronto this month, we made a point to visit several neighborhoods that create the mosaic.
Our first stop was for dim sum in Chinatown (see our previous post). This thriving neighborhood in the center of the city bustles with activity and shopping.
Next time we’re in Toronto, we want to try some other Chinatown delicacies such as the Hong Kong style meats hanging in the windows.
Not to mention the eclectic produce selection.
Of course we went to Little Italy. We tried both savory and sweet foods while there.
Koreatown is another happening neighborhood. While there, we took a beverage break.
Little India is a bit more off the beaten track. While there, we made a food pit stop.
Unlike Toronto’s colorful, eclectic Kensington Market, the St. Lawrence Market is enclosed in two buildings. The south building has lots of food shops and casual eateries. The north building hosts a weekly farmer’s market each Saturday. The St. Lawrence Market is old, dating back to 1803, and has lots of interesting local foods. There’s plenty of pea-meal bacon – Toronto’s unique contribution to the global pork spectrum.
We tried this Toronto staple on a sandwich at the Carousel Bakery.
We walked around the market and visually feasted on the many options.
The market is a fun culinary spot in Toronto. It has been ranked as tops in the world by National Geographic and CNN Travel, which is kind of wrong when you think about market gems such as Barcelona’s La Boqueria, London’s Borough Market and Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market (see our previous posts about two of these markets). Planning note – the St. Lawrence Market is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
All in all, we recommend that you check out the different neighborhoods and markets when you visit Toronto. Are these neighborhoods as exciting as Chinatown in Flushing, NY or Koreatown in Los Angeles? Probably not. But touring them is a good way to survey Toronto’s food culture and a great way to see the diverse city.