Your first look at Toronto's giant shipping container market (PHOTOS)

Apr 1 2019, 6:50 pm

They can’t keep it contained any longer.

It’s official: stackt market will be lifting its lid on April 10. And the space is the epitome of “thinking outside the box.”

The experiential market covers 100,000-sq-ft of land located at the previously vacant lot at Bathurst and Front Streets. And within this space, countless shipping containers are serving as restaurants, bars, and stores.

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You can up your energy at the beginning of your visit with a stop at Reunion, a Toronto-fav for bean juice.

With classic caffeinators like espresso, americano, cappuccinos and lattes on deck, you’ll be more than ready to take on the adventure that is this innovative space.

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And for an extra kick of energy, you can stop into Donut Monster. Hailing from Hamilton, this sweet spot is bringing in two fresh batches of donuts every day, and they’re sure to satisfy your carb cravings.

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Following your energizing meal, you can peruse local goods like fresh flower arrangements, skincare and artisan cement artwork, meant to house greenery.

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And these goods aren’t just for buying.

You’ll have the opportunity to get hands-on with workshops on making succulent pots, Sunday morning yoga classes and other multidisciplinary, food, and beverage workshops.

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Speaking of food and beverage, one of the largest pulls toward the new space is the Belgian Moon mobile brewery. Covering the majority of the market’s backspace, this food and drink hub is about to become the ideal summer hangout.

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Mouthwatering eats, including perfectly-spiced fried chicken from Chen Chen Shot Chicken, will be paired with Belgian Moon brews.

Don’t miss out on the Mango Wheat beer, and make sure you’re seated when you take your first sip. Otherwise, it might knock you over.

Yes. It’s that good.

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After you feast, you’ll want to stroll further and explore what more the market has to offer.

From a plant-based butcher to a temporary tattoo shop to a podcasting hub that’ll be available for free rental, all your needs are covered.

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And there’s plenty of art to see… and feel, too.

And when it comes time to rest, you can check out Canadian-mattress-brand Endy’s showroom. They know you wish you hadn’t had to leave your bed this morning, and they’ll make you feel like you didn’t.

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Or, you can opt to lounge in the market’s green space.

With bright turf resting between the mobile shops, chilling out on the greenery is encouraged. There will be wifi on-site, indoors and outdoors, so you can scroll Instagram on plush greenery in the heart of downtown.

And when the warmth of summer arrives, one of the market’s green spaces will offer outdoor movie screenings, a city summertime favourite.

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To celebrate the grand opening of the market, and (hopefully) warmer weather, mark your calendar for May 17 to 19. Over that weekend, stackt will be hosting a festival featuring music, art, culinary experiences, pop-ups and more.

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These are the vendors you can look forward to enjoying as of April 10:

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stackt market

Where: 28 Bathurst Street (at Front Street)
When: Opening Wednesday, April 10
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm
Belgian Moon Brewery: Sunday to Wednesday, 11 am to 11 pm; Thursday to Saturday, 11 am to 12 am

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