There are many tourist attractions in Toronto, but the one place that was on top of my places to visit list, was St. Lawrence market. Having been ranked as the number one food market in the world by National Geographic in the year 2012, I was very excited to visit this market.
The entrance of the market looks like a tunnel. Going further, to my left there were fresh berries, ripe mangoes, and heirloom carrots and to my right there were various kinds of meat and poultry products. I have never seen so many varieties of cheese, wine, seafood, fruits, dry fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, olives, breads, desserts and pastries all under one roof.
It is said that the culture of a city can be identified by paying a visit to its markets. St. Lawrence market definitely proves this point because it is as diverse as the city of Toronto.
One can find everything from Japanese sushi to Swiss Gruyere cheese in this market. There is local produce as well as international delicacies. Some of the food produce which I saw include local raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries, grapes, prunes, plums, cherries, mangoes, passion fruit, mangosteen, heirloom carrots, a variety of mushrooms, pumpkins and squashes, avocados, a variety of tomatoes, potatoes, onions, meats which were fresh or preserved, ostrich meat, crocodile meat, camel meat, kangaroo meat, a variety of poultry and game, oysters and clams, shrimps, scallops, mussels, crabs, octopus, lobsters, cheeses from Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Poland, Denmark and the Netherlands. There was also rice from all tropical countries around the world. Also, the cold meat section included meats from France, Germany, Hungary, Estonia, Poland, Ukraine, Austria and Italy.
The market also reflects the local season of Canada because of the locally grown fruits, vegetables, meat and cheese, which are currently in the season. Apart from food, there are many shops in the market where tourists can buy souvenirs from.