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Market 707

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Reviewed on June 7, 2015 / review policy

Market 707 TorontoMarket 707, the open air pedestrian mall populated by up-cycled shipping containers, is one of Toronto's top spots for street eats. Lining the perimeter of Scadding Court Community Centre, it's market is home to a diverse lineup of start-ups, offering everything from precious French macarons to down and dirty BBQ, hair stylists, bike mechanics, and more.

Market 707 TorontoPetit Nuage
This shipping container houses a sweet little selection of cakes, macarons, crème puffs, and espresso. Inside is standing room only, but out front you'll find cafe tables to sit and enjoy macarons ($2) in seasonal flavours like black sesame, sake peach blossom, and milky earl grey.

Market 707 TorontoCookie Martinez
The menu at Cookie's bills savoury Latin street foods like empanadas and stuffed arepas, alongside sweet tooth-satisfying summer treats like ice cream sammies (including vegan and gluten-free options) and affogatos.

Market 707 TorontoGushi
Karaage is the star on the menu of this Japanese street food hawker helmed by market manager Shinji Yamaguchi. Order hearty combos with three pieces of Gushi's signature deep fried chicken over purple rice with Japanese pickles, or have it skewered as a handheld snack.

Market 707 TorontoNom Nom Nom Crepes
As you'd guess from it's name, sweet and savoury crepes are specialties from this French-style street food vendor, but it's actually the poutine that steals the show. Topping our list of the best poutine in Toronto, the iconic Canadian street food starts with a base of deliciously crisp fries that's then loaded with house-made cheese curds and smothered in rich gravy.

Bunz
This sandwich shop deals in massive creations that require two hands to consume. Highlights on the menu include the Pulled Pork Bun crafted with slow roasted pork torn to bits and dressed with house-made BBQ sauce and slaw.

Market 707 TorontoKanto by Tita Flips
This is the retail outlet for a full-service catering option that makes traditional Filipino foods. Specialties include sisig fries and lechon kawali (pan fried pork belly), but for the most impressive value, stop in on Thursdays in the summer to enjoy ihaw ihaw, authentic Filipino BBQ served with pickles and AYCE garlic rice.

Cupbop & Sushi
Available weekday afternoons, this shipping container specializes in Korean and Japanese cuisine including easy-to-eat Korean BBQ in a cup featuring a choice of beef or chicken on rice for just $5. Select sushi rolls are available too.

Market 707 TorontoOh My Lard
The scent of BBQ wafting from this stall is undeniably alluring and it's not uncommon for the meat-centric menu to sell out. Look forward to summer essentials like slow smoked chicken, pulled pork on a bun, burgers, and corn on the cob.

Market 707 TorontoSouppe Shoppe
Hand crafted soups are the specialty at this walk up window and can be easily be enjoyed sipped from a cup while strolling through the open air market. The menu, tailored to the seasons, bills hearty hot soups in the winter, while refreshing gazpacho and vichyssoise make appearances in the summer months. Look forward to the launch of savoury pop tarts joining the menu soon.

market 707The Original One
Quench your thirst with above average bubble teas at this food stand where signature drinks include the Mango Smoothie Bubble Tea ($5) made with freshly blended fruit. Enjoy an assortment of snacks too, including classic dim sum like BBQ pork buns and succulent sui mai.

Mini Mani Manicure
Before spending the day poolside at Alexandra Park, pop in to this diminutive nail salon to get your nails buffed and polished. Book appointments by email or online.

Market 707 TorontoOff the Grid
This barber shop in a refurbished cargo container rents out three chairs to a rotating crew of local stylists. Catch them open 10am to 8pm six days a week.

Market 707 TorontoSpin Can
This bike mechanic is perfect for on the go repairs, small parts, oil and air, as well as tube fixes. The outdoor bike stand tends to draw a casual crowd of onlookers.

Market 707 TorontoAnokha Leewu
This eclectic shop stocks handmade products including unique jewelry, fashion accessories, musical instruments, decor and gift items.

Likkle-N-Cute
This fashion start-up tailors its selection to petite women. Pop in to shop a colourful mix of clothing options ranging in size from 00 to 14.

Market 707 TorontoSellTeck
Find Samsung and Apple products for sale along with accessories at this shipping container shop. SellTeck also does repairs and will unlock your phone for a fraction of what most places charge.

Discussion

13 Comments

JC / June 7, 2015 at 09:27 am
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When I worked in the area a couple of years ago they weren't quite this bustling. Nice to see it taking off.
S / June 7, 2015 at 09:48 am
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Nom Nom Crepes has to be one of the more underrated places in the City. The fries great (although IMO Clubhouse Sandwiches just a little bit north at Spadina and College is hands down the best in the City), the gravy is spot on, the guy who I think is the owner (he's the only one I ever see there) is extremely nice. And prices are very reasonable for what you get. I've tried Gushi and I really liked the curry and the fries were pretty good, but I felt like the chicken was a slight under cooked and I wasn't a huge fan of that cut of meat - it had a bit of sinew in it and I generally prefer white chicken meat).
minimin / June 7, 2015 at 12:22 pm
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Apparently souppe shoppe is the best among them. I visit them a few times but haven't been disappointed yet. Friendly service is naturally added on reasonable price. Their soup is not just typical recipes but highly considered and experimental one. Don't even need to mention about taste.
Jamessa / June 7, 2015 at 12:23 pm
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I guess one cannot expect much from fast food but the photos of the foodstuff looks very unappetizing
streetmeat / June 7, 2015 at 02:07 pm
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Good round up. But you forgot T&T Roti. It's been the northern most stall for a number of years. In addition to the great shrimp roti, they also offer house made Trini soft drinks like sorrel and mauby.
Scott / June 7, 2015 at 11:39 pm
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+1 to streetmeat. Leaving out T&T Roti is a major oversight. It is one of the longest tenured stalls there, and it's run by two of the friendliest people I've met. Really tasty rotis (and the plates are a large amount of food), the sorrel drink (made from dried flowers) is so refreshing, and I love the green apple chutney they use.

The late NOW food critic, Steven Davey, wrote "Caribbean cooking rarely gets done with as much finesse as it does at Howard and Marie Bissoon's T&T Roti."
Aydin replying to a comment from Racism Exist Strong in TO / June 8, 2015 at 10:12 am
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I agree!
More often than not, it's the same people who complain about Koreans making sushi who also line up to try Toronto's latest hip Mexican joints... run by white, Canadian George Brown graduates!

The top Steakhouses & French and Italian restaurants in the city are often staffed by cooks from India and Sri Lanka, but nobody can tell the difference because they're talented.

If the food tastes good, I honestly don't care about the ethnicity of the cook. If you're THAT worried about authenticity, go on a trip somewhere.
cathy / June 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm
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How late are these places open?
Muriel Kramer / June 11, 2015 at 06:12 am
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As commented on earlier, T & T Roti (most western food truck) was not mentioned. It also has great veggie roti. The vendors are very charismatic and will enrich your gastronomic experience by telling you stories of their life and the food that always played a big part in it.
Can't Kanto / June 28, 2015 at 02:31 pm
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Is Kanto Tagalog for 'wait for goddamn ever'? Ordered lechon, was told it would be a 'few' minutes, then a 'few more', then 'coming right up', so after half an hour, I got a foil container of fried pork, the blandest rice and some kind of shitty applesauce. Not worth the wait at all. The kicker was that while waiting, 5 orders came in after mine, but went out ahead - how do I know? I sat and watched while waiting, and waiting and waiting. Seriously, check out some of the other vendors there, the Colombian place and the Roti looked terrific. And hey, everyone loves poutine.

Kanto, if you read this, be honest with people when they're ordering, tell them how long it'll be, and be prepared to have people move on to another vendor. Taking their money and letting them wait far longer than they anticipated is just dumb.
Lisa Pearl replying to a comment from Jamessa / July 12, 2015 at 11:42 am
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A lot of people seem to disagree with you about that. I think it all looks delicious.
Kim / July 13, 2015 at 06:25 pm
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I used to work nearby and visited for lunch at least a couple times a week, and agree with a lot of the comments here.

T & T has wonderful food. The roti is amazing and made from scratch while you wait. I also loved their homemade ginger beer.

Gushi has the best karaage (fried chicken) in the city.

Nom Nom Crepes has great food - both the savoury crepes and desserts. He wasn't doing poutine back when I was a regular customer; looks like I need to pay a visit soon.

The hardest thing about going to Market 707 is choosing between the above!
mj replying to a comment from Can't Kanto / August 7, 2015 at 12:17 am
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actually you can pre-order via text before going to Kanto. Just a heads up! It's not applesauce, it's pickled papaya just so you know.

I love Gushi, and they serve fast too.

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