Old Town is one of the city’s longest-standing areas and is rich in history. In fact, it was Toronto’s first named neighbourhood! From stunning architecture to the well-known and loved St Lawrence Market, here’s what Old Town Toronto has to offer.

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The history

According to Old Town Toronto’s BIA, “Old Town is a neighbourhood and retail district. It was the first of Toronto’s named neighbourhoods, having acquired the moniker no later than 1815, at which time the original town of York was expanding.”

If you want to feel like you’re travelling back to Old Town’s early days then check out Old Town East which occupies the city’s original ten blocks! 

Old Town also has one of “the largest concentrations of 19th-century buildings in Ontario,” including The block bounded by Parliament Street on the east and Berkeley Street on the west, running south from Front Street to Parliament Square Park, which contains the site of the original parliament buildings built back in 1793.

St Lawrence Market


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One of Old Town’s biggest draws is the St Lawrence Market built in 1803.

The market brings locals and international guests eager to purchase delicious food, produce and even goods such as jewellery and clothing.

St Lawrence Market is made up of three main buildings.

The South Market houses over 120 specialty vendors, The North Market is “primarily known for its Saturday Farmers’ Market, a tradition begun on this site in 1803 and continuing today, as the producers of Southern Ontario bring their seasonal produce to market in the city.”

Finally, St. Lawrence Hall which contains retail businesses on the ground floor and City offices on the second floor.

The third floor contains the Great Hall which is available for rental for weddings and other special events.

Time to get out and explore Old Town, Toronto!