I was looking forward to going to the St. Lawrence Market. After all, National Geographic rated it very high. I arrived in town late in the afternoon on Saturday and headed there first thing Sunday morning full of excitement! Then I was full of disappointment! The main market, which is where the majority of the action is, is closed on Sundays and Mondays. What is open is an unimpressive antique market across the street.
Cost/person: Great! It's free to walk around and look. I'm unable to comment on what a typical person may spend since the main market was closed (did I mention that already?!).
Duration: I spent 30 minutes at the antique market. That was about right to look at little more than a glorified garage sale.
- Convenient to the financial district and downtown Toronto.
- Facilities looked nice from the outside and through the windows!
- How about being closed 2 out of 7 days?! If it is that busy, then it ought to be open. Other major produce/food markets (think Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA) are.
- The antique market was clearly more of a giant garage sale. Although there may be values and good deals to be had, you have to come early (think 6am) and know your stuff. Several people were arguing over the cost of silver per ounce (how many of us recreational people know those sorts of details?!)
- If you can go Tuesday through Saturday, then go to the main market.
- Skip the antique market. It's too far out of the way for little more than 30 minutes.
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