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Toronto’s best budget markets

For amazing shopping while practising your English and soaking up some of Toronto’s best vibes, head to one of the city’s many unique and wonderful markets.


We’ve selected the top market destinations for language students on a budget.


Best all round:  Kensington Market (Hours vary with each store) - The ultimate market experience! Whatever you’re looking for, Kensington Market has it all at affordable prices: cool boutiques, useful stores, vintage clothing, fresh food, restaurants and cafés.


Best for bargains: Dr Flea's Market (Sat, Sun: 10:00-17:00) - With around 400 vendors, this is the largest flea market in Toronto. You'll find amazing deals on clothing, housewares, jewellery, food and more, plus an international food court where you can stop and recharge.


Best for vintage: Black Market Toronto (Mon, Tue, Wed: 11:00-19:00; Thu, Fri: 11:00-20:00; Sat: 10:00-20:00; Sun: 11:00-18:00) - This retro style store is known for its incredible deals on vintage and new clothing, printed t-shirts and accessories. The best thing is, everything at Black Market Toronto costs $10 or less!


Best for art: Arts Market (Wed, Thu, Fri: 12:00-19:00; Sat, Sun: 11:00-19:00) - Connecting with and showcasing Toronto’s artsy community, the Arts Market has over 150 artists, designers and creatives from Toronto promoting and selling their products.


Best for electronics: Downsview Park Merchant Market (Sat, Sun: 10:00-18:00) - Located in an old aeroplane factory, Downsview Park Merchant Market is known for its incredible deals on electronics and bulk items, as well as antiques, health and beauty products, games, books, rugs, clothing and much more.


Best for culinary experience: St. Lawrence Market (Tue, Wed, Thu: 08:00-18:00; Fri: 08:00-19:00; Sat: 05:00-17:00) - With more than 100 vendors with bakers, butchers, artisans and the freshest produce, St. Lawrence Market has been Toronto's premier culinary market since 1803. It also hosts events and cooking classes.


Best for fresh farm produce: Fairmont Farm Market (Hours vary during season) - This outdoor market attracts thousands of Torontonians during the summer, not only for its local farm fresh produce, but also for its entertainment, tennis courts, soccer field, baseball diamond, playgrounds, ping pong table and wading pool.


Head to these markets during your language learning experience at EC Toronto, EC Toronto 30+, or at one of CAPS-I’s fantastic member schools in Toronto.