Lonely Planet Experiences: Canadian Food Discovery at the St Lawrence Market

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  • COVID-19protected
  • Food tour
  • City sightseeing
  • Sightseeing tour
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  • duration 3 hours
  • tour type Group
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Toronto, Canada
  • Ends Toronto, Canada
  • Try Toronto’s signature food: the peameal bacon sandwich
  • Bite into a "Montreal style” bagel, the only type of bagel to go into space
  • Learn the history of the famous St. Lawrence Market and early Toronto
  • Try the “world’s best apple cake” (it might very well be!)
The Lonely Planet Experiences: Canadian Food Discovery at the St Lawrence Market tour starts and ends in Toronto. The Lonely Planet Experiences: Canadian Food Discovery at the St Lawrence Market is a food tour that takes 3 hours.

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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Based on 802 reviews
  • Ms. Robin
  • On May 04 2016
5 - Excellent
Ms. Robin's review for another Urban Adventures tour
“We did the Quito Sweet and Culinary experience, with our fantastic guide George. The tour was a brilliant insight into the city, its history and the lovely food it has to offer. We went to a wonderful food market where George explained what lots of unusual foods where, then to a wonderful hidden away bakery ( which we would never have found other wise ) where we not only got to try the sweets, but go into the kitchens and see the food being made, I got a chance to try hot chocolate with cheese! a local treat. The best part was of course going to a local family's home, helping them cook lunch for us, then of course eating it, wonderful to meet such a lovely family and have this unique chance to see the real Quito and not just to tourist stuff. Our guide was wonderful, gracious, very knowledgeable, about his country and willing to talk about the politics, environment and future for them, it was fantastic and will exceptional English. Please book this trip for the best food and insight into Quito.”
  • Mr. Stephen
  • On Jan 01 2016
5 - Excellent
Mr. Stephen's review for another Urban Adventures tour
“Cecilia is a knowledgeable and charming host. I travelled alone so this trip was perfect. She makes everyone feel at ease and we all had a great time. I really would recommend it.”
  • Ms. Kristen
  • On Apr 13 2016
5 - Excellent
Ms. Kristen's review for another Urban Adventures tour
“This tour was fantastic! The tour guide was very knowledgeable, fun, and shared very entertaining stories with us. I highly recommend this tour to everyone!”

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!

  • Piece of peameal bacon sandwich
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Locally roasted coffee
  • Famous Canadian soft drink
  • 1 butter tart
  • Piece of Montreal-style bagel
  • Apple cake
  • Maple candy.
  • Additional food and drinks
  • souvenirs and personal shopping
  • tips/gratuities for your guide.
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Cancellation for this Lonely Planet Experiences: Canadian Food Discovery at the St Lawrence Market tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date -full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.


For any tour departures within 18 September 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 18 September 2021, a deposit of 100% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 0 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Lonely Planet Experiences: Canadian Food Discovery at the St Lawrence Market tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Lonely Planet Experiences: Canadian Food Discovery at the St Lawrence Market tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point :

Meet your guide on the sidewalk outside the Hockey Hall of Fame Building on the NW corner of Front St. and Yonge St.

Meeting end point :

The St. Lawrence Market or a restaurant nearby.

Lonely Planet extras
  • Free access to the Lonely Planet mobile app for one year
  • 25% discount on all items in the Lonely Planet Shop
COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour follows established guidelines that are in line with the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ framework against COVID-19.
  • This tour follows the local government(s) recommendations for gatherings and group sizes.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing is highly encouraged on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
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