St. Lawrence Market

A city landmark, more than two centuries old.


Just east of downtown, west of the Distillery District and close to the Beaches you will find Kensington Market. This is a trendy and diverse neighbourhood of converted industrial warehouses that have been transformed into lofts. Food is the heart and soul of this neighbourhood. The sights and smells of the 120 vendors make it one of the best of its kind worldwide. The markets roots date back to 1803, when Lieutenant Governor Peter Hunter declared the area that encompassed Front Street to King Street and Jarvis Street to Church Street as the “Market Block.” Much of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood was created from landfill in the early 1800’s. Originally intended to be a public promenade, instead it became an industrial area instead, after the boom in railways attracted business in droves.


Double income, work downtown, no kids.


High-density, high-energy area with amazing shopping.


Buying local farm-fresh produce at the St. Lawrence Market has been a tradition for over 200 years. The esplanade provides stores and services to meet the day-to-day needs of local residences. Nearby restaurants, bars and nightlife here are always wall-to-wall with locals and tourists alike. Residents head to David Crombie Park in the summer. It’s the perfect retreat for impromptu games of volleyball, soccer, frisbee or to simply picnic and watch the world go by. There are good schools for families and more transit options than you could hope for. Union Station is within walking distance, once there you can literally go anywhere via Go Transit, TTC or via Rail. For motorists, The Gardiner Expressway, Lake Shore Boulevard and Don Valley Expressway are all conveniently accessed within minutes.


The apartment buildings and townhouses in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood that span 10 blocks are designed by some of Toronto’s most accomplished architects.  Loft style living is in high demand here, so the core neighbourhood has seen an escalation of glass and steel luxury apartment buildings being built over the last few years. For those looking for something larger, the 19th-century Georgian style, red and yellow brick homes that line front street are stunning.


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