You know the old saying, when life gives you shipping containers, make a trendy urban market? Me neither, but that’s exactly what Stackt Market ended up becoming: a vibrant hub located in the heart of Toronto.
Built by – ahem – stacking over 100 shipping containers together, it now houses unique boutiques, eateries, and community spaces for you to discover. It's not your typical market, but that's precisely what makes Stackt Market a must-visit!
Explore Stackt Market like a seasoned local with our guide, where we spill the beans on the best tips, hints, and exclusive secrets.
A Local's Guide to Stackt Market in Toronto
- A Local's Guide to Stackt Market in Toronto
- What is Stackt Market?
- How to Get to Stackt Market
- Things to Know
- Where to eat at Stackt Market
- Blue Moon Brewery
- Bao Bird
- Kong's Hot Tacos
- Sauce Bauce
- Milky's Cloud Room
- Oi Sushi
- Where to shop at Stackt Market
- Two Cities
- Jrew Creations
- Our Haru
- Missy Rabbit Handcrafted
What is Stackt Market?
Stackt, located in downtown Toronto, holds the title of North America’s largest shipping container market, featuring an array of pop-up stores. It proudly earned the Retail Innovations category win at Fast Company’s 2021 Innovation by Design Awards.
How to Get to Stackt Market
Address: 28 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 0C6, Canada
Instagram: STACKT (@stacktmarket)
Hours: Tue-Sun: 9 AM–11 PM
Getting to Stackt Market is easy, whether you prefer walking from nearby attractions like the CN Tower, taking the streetcar, or driving in one of its parking options.
The market’s central location makes it accessible from various transportation choices:
On Foot: For the walkers out there, the main entrance is right at the intersection of Front & Bathurst. It’s only 3 minutes away from the Toronto Public Library and a 15-minute stroll from CN Tower.
By Vehicle: If you’re driving, simply cruise on in through the west gates at 3 Tecumseth St. to enter their paid parking lot. Other parking options include Green P at 10 Portland St., UPark Parking at 775 King St W, 535-543 Wellington St W, and Farm Boy at 29 Bathurst St.
By Streetcar: You can catch the 511 streetcar from Bathurst to Exhibition, and when you see Niagara St., that’s your cue to hop off. Another option is to catch the 504 King streetcar that will drop you off at Bathurst Street – a stone’s throw from the entrance.
Things to Know
- Stackt is a cashless environment. Major credit and debit cards are good to go, and you’ll find BMO ATMs on-site.
- It’s first-come, first-served for the time being. If planning an event with 12+ folks, reach out to [email protected].
- Snacking on outside food is okay, but you’ve got to be seated in the public seating areas marked on the site maps, following Toronto Public Health Guidelines.
- If you’re a smoker, the designated smoking area is in the North Lane by the parking lot.
- As long as your pup is on a leash, they’re free to chill on patios but not inside the brewery. On the bright side, they’re allowed off-leash inside Bark Yard – a dedicated dog area.
Where to eat at Stackt Market
Blue Moon Brewery
Hours: Tue-Sun: 12 PM–11 PM
Blue Moon Belgian White 40z: $3.50
Mango Wheat Beer: $3.50
Blue Moon Brewery, situated within Stackt Market, is a unique small-batch brewery crafting seasonal beers exclusively for visitors. Their outdoor patio, cleverly designed along the rail corridor, creates a hidden oasis.
On sunny days, this patio is a gem, often featuring local food vendors and live music.
Don’t miss out on trying the fantastic mango wheat beer – it’s exceptionally crisp and refreshing with a slightly sweet edge.
Instagram: Baobird (@baobirdeats)
Hours: Tue-Sun: 12 PM–9 PM
Contact: [email protected]
Taiwanese Fried Chicken: $16.95 (3 pcs.)
Choice of 2 Bao: $16.25
Chili Garlic Ginger Noods: $13.85
Cantonese Vegetarian Spring Rolls: $8.70 (6 pcs.)
You cannot go to Stackt without trying Bao Bird’s OG Taiwanese fried chicken! Prepared fresh for each order, this gluten-free treat always comes out crunchy, juicy, and delicious.
Another must-try is their selection of steamed bao sandwiches, of which a fan fave is their char siu patty bao. It features a homemade marinated char siu patty, topped with house aioli and pickles, all nestled within a locally crafted fluffy bao bun.
Kong’s Hot Tacos
Bulgogi King Tacos: $15
The General Tso: $15
The Island Tacos: $15
Kong Guac & Chips: $8
Recently crowned the Best Taco of 2023 by Taco Fest, Kong’s is a vibrant taco truck that takes taco indulgence to new heights. Their tacos are generously loaded and bursting with flavours, fusing the best of Asian cuisine into every bold bite.
A must-try is the Bulgogi King Tacos, featuring marinated BBQ ribeye, kimchi, and gochujang aioli. And don’t forget to savour their delectable churros and classic guac with chips.
Instagram: Sauce Bauce Inc. (@saucexbauce)
Halal Wing Combo: $30.00
Saucy Yakitori: $15.75
Cauli Bites: $13.25
Signature Sauce Bottle: $12.99
Sauce Bauce is at the Stackt pavilion, serving up their signature sauces alongside smoky wings, ‘schmac and cheese,’ tasty taters, and more. This Black-owned business has been operating for 15 years, specialising in BBQ and Jamaican cuisine.
Their best-seller, the Halal Wing Combo, is a must-try. It includes succulent wings, paired with their three-cheese macaroni, coleslaw, and of course, their yummy sauce! Plus, you can take home a bottle of their signature sauce for just $12.99.
Milky’s Cloud Room
Instagram: Milky’s (@milkyscoffee)
Mon-Wed: 8 AM–6 PM
Thurs-Fri: 8 AM–7 PM
Sat-Sun: 10 AM–7 PM
Contact: +1 647-408-2442
Flashbrew Lemonade: $5.00
Milky’s Cloud Room is your friendly neighbourhood café serving crafted coffee and seasonal specialty drinks. As a proud recipient of the Small Business Program grant and in partnership with BMO, this café is focused on delivering quality beverages.
What sets them apart is that they make every drink from scratch, in-house. Be sure to try their best-seller, the Flashbrew Lemonade – it’s a refreshing blend of freshly squeezed lemonade topped with Milky’s special flash brew, served iced.
Tue-Sat: 12 PM–8 PM
Sunday: 12 PM–7 PM
Contact: +1 416-346-6861
Black Dragon Roll: $10.99
Sashimi Combo: $20.99
Ramune Soda Lychee: $4.99
Oi Sushi is a small family-owned gem. In addition to sushi, this Stackt restaurant has various Japanese snacks and drinks that are hard to find in Toronto – think Pocky biscuits, Ramune drinks, and takoyaki.
One famous dish they offer is their black dragon roll which comes with generous portions of eel. You can buy pre-packaged sushi or ask them to personalise your order since they can create fresh sushi on-site.
Where to shop at Stackt Market
Instagram: Two Cities Co | Jewelry Brand (@twocitiesco)
Hours: Tue-Sun: 12 PM–7 PM
Contact: [email protected]
Two Cities, a brand of minimalist jewelry inspired by the cities explored by the owners, recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of their Stackt location. This creative venture began in 2017 with a vision to craft jewelry that is one-of-a-kind and timeless.
The brand’s inspiration stems from Bohemian and Glam Rock influences, continuously evolving to bring wearable designs that can be worn daily.
Instagram: JREW Creations (@jrewcreations)
Hours: Tue-Sun: 12 PM–8 PM
Contact: +1 437-500-2020
Jrew Creations is your go-to store for stunning crochet fashion accessories. Unlike machine-made items, their pieces are crafted entirely by hand, making each accessory a work of art that has even caught the eye of Vogue, earning them a featured spot.
You can choose from their collection of crocheted hats, bags, vests, and more. Additionally, they host crochet workshops, allowing you to explore this intricate craft and create your very own stylish pieces.
Instagram: LooseFade (@loosefade)
Hours: Tue-Wed, Sun: 12 PM–7 PM
Thursday: 12–8 PM
Fri-Sat: 12–9 PM
Contact: +1 647-239-6525
Loosefade, a fashion-forward thrift shop, embraces ethical sourcing and creative curation while focusing on community and inclusivity. Notably, they’re a proud recipient of Stackt’s Small Business Grant.
The co-owners of Loosefade emphasize the value of shopping small, as it ensures that your gifts are truly unique and one-of-a-kind. Their hand-selected pieces also come with reasonable price tags, making them stand out in the thrift-shopping world.
Instagram: Our Haru (@ourharu_com)
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12 PM–7 PM
Fri-Sun: 12 PM–8 PM
Contact: [email protected]
Our Haru is a K-pet multi-brand collective store. Their name, Haru, means ‘one day’ in Korean – it signifies the precious moments we share with our pets and the importance of cherishing them every day.
This pet shop curates high-quality and trendy pet supplies, including bags, pet food, and clothing, mainly sourced from independent designers and small brands in South Korea. Pet parents visiting Stackt should definitely drop in!
Missy Rabbit Handcrafted
Instagram: Missy Rabbit Handcrafted (@missy.rabbit)
Tue-Wed: 12 PM–6 PM
Thurs-Sat: 12 PM–8 PM
Sunday: 12 PM–7 PM
Contact: +1 647-997-1595
Founded in 2017 by local artisan Melissa, Missy Rabbit Handcrafted has evolved into a home of handcrafted soy candles and eco-friendly homeware.
Don’t miss the shop’s bestseller, the White Rabbit Candy Soy Candle. It comes from the store’s quirky line of Asian food-themed candles such as Strawberry Mochi, Ube Cake, and Brown Sugar Boba!