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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Pair history with food tastings, and you have this entertaining 3-hour walking tour in Old Toronto and the St Lawrence Market. A guide takes you through the market to 12 different vendors for 14 delicacies, including Jewish bagels, Ukrainian pierogies, Portuguese treats, Indian candy, local cheeses, and the peameal bacon sandwich — enjoyed by chef-celebrities such as Guy Fieri, Emeril Lagasse, and Anthony Bourdain. Along the way, hear about Toronto’s abolitionist movement, the clown riots, and the underground whiskey tunnel during prohibition.
  • 3-hour food walking tour in Old Toronto and the St Lawrence Market
  • Stop by 12 vendors inside the market and try 14 treats of various cuisines
  • Sample Jewish bagels, Ukrainian pierogies, Portuguese treats, Indian candy, local cheeses, and more
  • Admire one of the best collections of stained glass in all of Canada
  • Learn about the city’s abolitionist movement and prohibition-era history
More than 200 years ago, aboriginals traded goods from war canoes and fished for salmon on the shores of Lake Ontario behind where the St Lawrence Market stands today in Toronto. Your 3-hour walking tour takes you through this market and Old Toronto for delicious food tastings and an engaging immersion in history.
 
Make your way to the St Lawrence Market, where your guide awaits with freshly baked croissants. Guzzle down coffee at an indie coffee shop before starting your historical tour in Old Toronto.

Stop by Toronto's first church and see one of the best collections of stained glass in all of Canada. Learn about the city’s abolitionist movement, underground railway, the clown riots, the first public execution, and the underground whiskey tunnel that operated during prohibition.

Learn how one of the richest women in the world learned her business acumen selling carrots in the basement of St Lawrence Market, where you’ll circle back to for your food tastings. As you weave your way through various vendors and delicacies, your guide provides the backstory behind each dish you try.

Reviews

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J
, Dec 2018

Once the tour started it was very interesting with a professional tour-guide. Very good impression of the historic parts of old Toronto.The problem was the starting time of the tour; we were not informed correctly about the time: on the confirmation voucher was stated start 14.00hrs. but, meeting point and time: 10.00hrs.! So we had to wait about 4 hrs if not we could have lost our money and tour!

A
, Nov 2018

Our tour of St. Lawrence Market and Old Toronto led by Ariel was fantastic! He did an outstanding job of mixing facts and fun for a great experience. I have done a number of similar tours and this one is high on the list! This is a must do for people visiting the area. Thanks for a great day!

J
, Jul 2018

Taking a food tour in the Old Toronto part of town turned into a very interesting and delicious experience, Our tour guide, John, was a pro, and gave us interesting pieces of info accompanied by food. It was great to hear about why Toronto is called

J
, Jul 2018

Of all the things we did this was by far the most interesting and worth the money. Our guide was knowledgeable and knew his food and Toronto history. Though the order of eating would have been different if I were in charge, by no means was it skimpy. You cannot leave this tour hungry unless you choose to. The stands you are eating from have been in families for generations and they bantered with the guide and answered questions. Every dollar I spent on this was worthwhile, along giving up my strict paleo diet for a day! I would recommend this tour to anyone, foodie or not. Literally something to eat for any and everyone.

N
, Jul 2018

Wonderful tour and experience. Our guide was fantastic. Interesting neighborhood history and then the food at St. Lawrence Market was over the top!! Great variety and LOTS of food!

j
, Oct 2017

Great tour! A heads up to set your expectations of the timeline... you have coffee and a pastry first thing, then walk around Old Toronto for 1.5hrs no food, THEN come back to the market and try all of the tasties! The food was so good, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and I would definitely recommend this tour!

m
, Oct 2017

Chef Scott was very knowledgeable about the food, history and culture of Toronto. He kept us on our feet literally, it was a walking tour with very interesting stories about the city as well as convincing us to try new foods. My boyfriend and I were STUFFED by the end. Such a great variety of foods and desserts and I wish we could have spent all day in that market. I would definitely do it again!

A
, Sep 2017

Loved the walking tour, of course we had a beautiful day. John was very knowledgeable, with a great sense of humor. The food we tasted was delicious and so fresh....the Canadian bacon sandwich was best....no, maybe the butter tarts...., no, maybe the cheddar potato pierogis, or the sweet drops!

P
, Sep 2017

Although our guide was very informative and we did learn a lot about Toronto, the food choices were not the best. I thought there was too much food and mostly heavy fatty foods. The pea meal bacon sandwich was delicious but then we had too many other heavy options and no walking in between the servings.

J
, Aug 2017

Only ourselves with our guide - he was awesome, knew so much Toronto history. Very good at showing us around the market, and made sure we were happy.


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