Visiting a local market is one of the quickest and most enjoyable ways to immerse yourself in the regional culture. With products from down the road and genuine artisans at the ready, you can’t get much closer to the fruits of the land or the sentiment of the people; if you know the local language, you can even sidle into a conversation. Lanes of dangling wares and delectable scents will keep you entertained for hours, not to mention well-fed. Regardless of how long you’ll be in the city, try to work a market into your stay, and consider straying a bit off track for any one of these unforgettable local market experiences.
St. Lawrence Market, Toronto
A relatively young city with a surprisingly old market, Toronto’s historic gem sits proudly in the city center, offering three buildings of delicacies for locals and visitors to enjoy. Its history stretches back 200 years and over that time, the quality and variety of vendors has grown and morphed into an impressive array of local flavor, from artisanal cheese makers to antiques dealers and artistic exhibitions. You can get your daily groceries here, too, and you won’t be disappointed with the quality. On from Tuesday to Saturday, the main market is a feast for the senses, and though it gets busy, it’s never too difficult to wind your way through the covered building.