Market & Co. is a 40,000-square-foot food and beverage hall that opened last week and spoiler alert: it’s amazing.
Toronto residents aren’t the only ones looking for unique culinary experiences. Suburbanites like to experience new things just as much as their southern neighbours and Upper Canada Mall has recognized this. As one of the main attractions for people traveling north of Toronto, the mall has recently opened up a 40, 0000 square foot food market called Market & Co. This space brings together 20 best-in-class local merchants and first-to-market eateries in York Region to create a thriving food lover’s paradise.
According to their website, Market & Co. is not just a place, it’s an experience. At this food hall, you can smell the mouth-watering aromas, stroll the aisles of fresh food offerings, meet the artisanal merchants and taste savory and sweet culinary dishes.
The market features an impressive array of fresh and prepared foods, from produce, a butcher shop, cheese shop, bakery, and even a juice bar. Market & Co. was designed so guests can purchase quality groceries and specialty items to either take home or enjoy right at the market.
Canadian brands like Bake Three Fifty, FloralEscence, Humble Roots Organic, Ma’s Best Quality Soups, Newmarket Olive Oil, Our Farm Organic Bakery, Pier 87 Fish Market & Grill, Ray Woodey’s Craft Chippery, Seed to Sausage Meatery, Sweet Jesus and Village Juicery will be introduced as first-to-market.
Additionally, the food market offers three full-service restaurants including Canada’s first MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company, Union Chicken, and Amano Kitchen.
There are also local spots like Vince’s Market and Amadeus Patisserie that are key players in the market. And of course, well-known brands such as Starbucks, Sweet Jesus, and Sugar King Factory are stationed in prime areas for visitors to stop by and grab their favourite sweet treats. From well-known brands to first-to-market eateries, Market & Co. offers a traditional and trendy mix of culinary experiences that will satisfy your taste buds.
Market & Co.’s 20 Artisanal Restaurants
From authentic pizza and pasta to fresh oysters and seafood, Market & Co. features merchants with a focus on fresh, local fare. Here’s a deep-dive into each merchant and restaurant:
- Amadeus Patisserie
Amadeus Patisserie is a family-run business that has operated in Thornhill for over 25 years. This gourmet bakery offers European-inspired pastries, tarts, cookies, and cakes. The large selection, unique design, and primo taste and quality of the products have quickly made Amadeus Patisserie well known throughout the GTA. They’re located right at the front as you walk from the mall entrance, with tasty treats like macaron and cheesecakes perfectly displayed in a large glass counter.
2. Amano Kitchen
Amano Kitchen is a beautiful open-concept Italian restaurant. This restaurant believes in following the Italian tradition by sourcing the freshest local ingredients whenever possible. Amano Kitchen is notoriously known for their home-made pasta and to-go dishes.
In fact, on October 27th, Amano is hosting a pasta making class with acclaimed chef, Michael Angeloni. Known for his creativity and versatility, Angeloni has worked with many of Toronto’s finest chefs, carving out a name for himself on the Toronto restaurant scene and heading up the kitchens of not just Amano but also Union Chicken at Market & Co.
3. Bake Three Fifty
When you walk by this place, you’ll see how Instagram-able it really is. But don’t forget to enjoy and savor the delicious treat you’re about to devour! With the friendliest staff, Bake Three Fifty is a merchant that was previously a food truck serving build-your-own ice cream sandwiches. Customize each dessert with toppings such as sprinkles, gummy bears, cotton candy, cookie dough, and lots more.
This place gives its customers a chance to indulge in their own unique creations and has quickly become one of the go-to desserts in Toronto for people with an insatiable sweet tooth. In fact, they were listed as Toronto’s 10 Best Street Food Stops of 2018 according to Indie88. Sweet Jesus has some new competition in town.
4. First Batch
First Batch is a pop-up shop featuring cute pantry essentials, table and barware, and unique hostess gifts, all crafted by more than 60 emerging and independent makers. For both style and function, this place is perfect to find gifts for homeowners.