On a nondescript stretch along Dundas West between Chinatown and Trinity Bellwoods you'll find Market 707. Despite the lack of vibrancy compared to its surrounding downtown destinations, the market has managed to thrive for the last six years, attracting people from throughout Toronto for its street food and retail.
Born after an international trip to Ghana, Scadding Court Community Centre mirrored the innovative use of retrofitted shipping containers as vending stalls to revitalize an underutilized area of the city.
Since launching in 2011, Market 707 has become a community hub that has helped broaden redevelopment along Dundas and provided opportunity for local entrepreneurs. But perhaps even more impressive than the unique, socially and economically sustainable business model is the international cuisine, rich with authenticity and culture that has risen to the city’s best-of lists.
KANTO BY TITA FLIPS
Chef Diona Joyce and her mother bring homemade Filipino eats to Toronto at Kanto. Perhaps best known for the tapsilog, a Filipino breakfast made of marinated beef, garlic fried rice and a fried egg with a green papaya and carrot slaw, Kanto has become wildly popular for its bold flavours.
NOM NOM NOM CREPES
For someone who’s never been to Nom Nom Nom Crepes, you might be surprised to learn it was voted to have the best poutine in 2015 by BlogTO. But if Nom Nom Nom does two things right, its carbs covered in cheese and sauce. Owner Marc Perraut offers 10 varieties of poutine and equally as many sweet and savoury crepes, serving up a bit of Montreal with every bite.
Chef Natalia Martinez Martinez, otherwise known as Cookie, brings the flavours of Colombia to Toronto with her namesake spot Cookie Martinez. Here you can find empanadas, deliciously stuffed arepas and shrimp ceviche to satisfy your Latin craving. And if you can’t make it to the stall, you can find Cookie’s cookies at Haven Espresso, Stasis, Depanneur and The Slow Room.
OH MY LARD
Co-owners Kirk Massicotte and Jesse Joel lure you in to Oh My Lard with its intoxicating BBQ smell as you walk past the stall. Serving up generous portions at an even more palatable price the menu is often changing and offers anything from Sloppy Joe’s to Jerk Burgers and Beef Short Ribs to Fried Turkey Sliders.
Ranking No. 2 on BlogTO’s best Korean or Japanese Fried Chicken (beating out Momofuku and Odd Seoul), Gushi serves up some of the tastiest Japanese street food in Toronto. Gushi strives to replicate the fare you’d get on the streets of Japan and the karaage is bang on.