Market 707 is a stretch of sidewalk near Dundas and Bathurst lined with upcycled shipping containers that offer sweet and savoury foods, services, and everything in between.
Presided over by the Scadding Court Community Centre, this impromptu open-air pedestrian mall has one of the most eclectic collection of startup businesses in the city.
From Afghan food to loc cleaning services, these entrepreneurs really start to hustle once the warmer months hit, offering their services to wanderers from Kensington Market and staff from the hospital across the street.
Take advantage of the sun and take your meal to any of the benches or seating options at this one-of-a-kind outdoor marketplace.
Here's a roundup of the businesses at Market 707.
This stall specializes in decked out grilled cheeses that take Canadian comfort food to the next level. Sandwiches like the Jamrock come with pulled jerk chicken and a bit of spice; all orders come with fried pickles.
One of the longest vendors at this market, Marc Perreault used to specialize in crepes but now only offers insanely decadent poutine with all the fixings you could want.
A Thai cuisine teacher at George Brown, Nantana placed a bid for her shipping container storefront two years ago. Now, she finally has a place to serve Thai street food dishes like the Pad Thai and green curry recipes she teaches to her college students.
Another longtime member of the Scadding Court community, Gushi's stall takes up the most real estate with two shipping containers. They're famous for their Nanban boxes of karaage chicken and purple rice, but they've also got a secret sandwich version off-menu.
Bowls of golden basmati rice and salad come with traditional dishes like lubia (Afghan bean stew) and halal meats.
When Niya Belnavis noticed the complete lack of loc cleaning services in Toronto, she couldn't believe no one had thought of it first. Sure enough, her business CleanLocs is the city's only loc cleaning service: a full steam-based treatment to cleanse and freshen your head.
Probably one of the best spots to get your bike fixed in the area, this full service bike shop might be small but it'll provide you with any fixer-upper repair you need, from tune-ups to to brake issues. Plus prices here are decent: what more do you need from a bike repair shop.
It's nice heading to a phone repair store knowing you won't get ripped off. That's how it feels getting your iPhone fixed at Sellteck, where screen repair prices and unlocking costs are actually listed on the site and owners are patient with even the dumbest tech questions.
Damascene food is the specialty of this stall which deals in delicious shawarma and kabab wraps, falafel, soup and saj flatbreads, which you can wash down with hot coffee or tea. For a sweet treat, try a Nutella sandwich and sahlab.
Gourmet Southern-inspired food like mac n' cheese bites, deep-fried cheesecake, barbecue sandwiches, cauliflower fritters and lemonade can all be found conveniently at this fun stall.
Jamaican classics like jerk chicken, curry chicken, fried chicken, callaloo, rice and peas, dumplin, patties and ackee and saltfish are on the menu at this stall that also does breakfast and snowcones.
This delivery service available on major apps has this headquarters at Market 707, and can get pretty much any kind of chips, candy, snacks or soda straight to your door.
Filipino comfort food is represented at Market 707 by this destination doing favourites like lumpia, lechon kawali, pancit palabok and bangus plus their own creations like sisig fries.
This stall specializes in Japanese rice balls (perfect for portable snacking or picnics) with a wide variety of fillings, including vegan and gluten-free options. They also do rice bowls, sides and teas.
Pick up Ethiopian and Eritrean classics like tibs, kitfo and coffee from this stall that does both vegetarian and meat dishes.
This stripped-down stall mainly deals in Vietnamese cold cut sandwiches and rolls.
Windy-City-inspired Italian beef and beef n' cheddar sandwiches can be found at this sandwich stall.
Hand-decorated sugar cookies star on the menu at this bakery that also makes other beautiful baked goods like brownies, bars, cinnamon buns and biscotti.
Tanya Mok and Hector Vasquez