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Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

By Renée Suen| Photography by Renée Suen
Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

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Toronto isn’t the only city to be blessed with fancy new food halls: Upper Canada is giving food lovers a reason to visit Newmarket. Market & Co. is 40,000 square feet devoted to all things culinary. There are fast-casual and full-service restaurants, artisanal food shops and an event space with a demo kitchen. Here, all of the 20 vendors and what to get from each one.

Amadeus Patisserie

905-882-9957, amadeuspatisserie.com

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

This is the second location for the 24-year-old family-run bakery specializing in European-inspired pastries, tarts, cookies and cakes. There are dairy-free and gluten-free items, too. What to get: The Dobos torte, a seven-layer Hungarian chocolate buttercream and sponge cake topped with caramel. Starting at $6 each.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
A selection of treats from Amadeus.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Macarons!

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
The signature treat here is a gluten-free cake made with milk chocolate hazelnut cream, caramelized hazelnuts and hazelnut meringue. $35 (serves 8 to 10).

 

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Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Butter from New Zealand butter is used in the croissants. $3.25 and up.

 

Amano Kitchen

905-235-7761, eatamano.com

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

At this full-service Italian restaurant (the flagship is in Union Station) there’s also a retail counter where customers can purchase fresh pasta made on site. Unlike the one in Toronto, this location will offer a weekend brunch menu of dishes like carbonara with double-smoked bacon hollandaise. What to get: The Pope’s Hat pasta (tortellini with ricotta and mascarpone, roasted corn, mushrooms and marjoram). $21.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
The Pope’s Hat pasta.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Here’s the dining room.

 

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Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Left to right: chef de cuisine Cory Cucoch, chef-owner Michael Angeloni and senior sous chef Jacky Hu.

 

Bake Three Fifty

905-235-8550, bakethreefifty.com

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

This food truck’s first retail location specializes in desserts (cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes) customers can customize with classic toppings like sprinkles, gummy bears, cookie dough and more. What to get: Build-your-own cupcakes ($4.75 and up) or ice cream sandwiches ($7 and up).

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
A selection of cupcakes with fun toppings.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
The ice cream sandwich is made using house-made cookies, Kawartha Dairy ice cream and a choice of toppings. $7 and up.

 

First Batch
Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

A temporary pop-up, this Toronto-based collective sells including pantry essentials, table and barware, plus unique hostess gifts crafted by 55 independent GTA-based makers. What to buy: Green beauty products from Mellow Bath & Body; organic, gluten-free chili-infused condiments from Sachili; air plant wreaths from Room to Bloom; and whimsical and witty hand-drawn cards by Toronto-based Gotomago.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
FloralEscence

289-716-4546, @floralescence

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

Flowers, of course. Customers will find customized arrangements and bouquets for every occasion. What to buy: Succulents and cacti. $2.99 and up.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Humble Roots Organic
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Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

Raw, baked, organic, refined sugar–free, vegan treats that are packed with wholesome ingredients chosen by registered holistic nutritionists. What to get: The Berry Acai Smoothie Bowl (apple juice, blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, avocado, acai powder) topped with seasonal fruits, raw nut granola and coconut. $11.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
The Smoothie Bowl.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Raw cheesecake comes in strawberry, lime-coconut and chocolate-hazelnut flavours. $5 each.

 

Ma’s Best Quality Soups

905-235-5977, masbest.ca

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

This Toronto-based company sells small-batch gourmet soups using all-natural ingredients. There are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian options available, too. What to get: The signature Mediterranean Lentil or Golden Cauliflower soups. $5 and up.

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Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Lots of soup for you!

 

MidiCi, The Neapolitan Pizza Company

818-708-0316, mymidici.com/

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

This is the first Canadian location for the Los Angeles-based pizza chain. Here MidiCi is split into three areas: there’s a market, pronto (takeout) and a 135-seat dine-in area that includes a patio with a fireplace. What to get: The Primo Prosciutto that tops their Margherita pizza with arugula and prosciutto di parma. $14.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
The Primo Prosciutto pie.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
The takeout counter.

 

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Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Here’s the dining room.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
MidiCi’s managing director Eli Staiman.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
MidiCi’s market sells Italian pantry staples.

 

Newmarket Olive Oil

905-235-7645, oliveoilco.ca

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

This award-winning Barrie-based business sells balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, and 78 varieties of olive oil imported from around the world. A tasting bar lets customers try before they buy. What to get: Fresh premium extra virgin olive oil, obvi. $15 and up.

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Our Farm Organic Bakery

905-235-8155, ourfarm.ca

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

Baby Point’s favourite bakery sells sourdough, sandwich loaves and Montreal-style bagels made using spelt or other organic flours that are grown and milled in Ontario. There’s also a coffee bar that stocks Balzac’s coffee and homemade baked goods. What to get: The Tuscany sandwich, made on 100 per cent spelt focaccia stuffed with prosciutto, provolone and arugula. $8.50.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
The Tuscany sandwich.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Freshly made sourdough.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Owner Jorge Canelon with some of his sourdough.

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Pier 87 Fish Market & Grill

905-856-3474, pier87.com

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

Here you’ll find a counter selling fresh and frozen sustainable seafood including fish, oysters and lobster. There’s also a licensed dining counter for shucked-to-order oysters, sea urchin and prepared seafood dishes. What to get: A toasted brioche bun filled with Nova Scotia lobster. Served with seasoned fries. $21.87.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
The lobster roll.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
General manager Leo Ramdin holds up the day’s fresh catch, a grouper.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
And some other fresh fish.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Pristine Bay oysters are exclusive to Pier 87.

 

Ray Woodey’s Craft Chippery

519-893-7667, craftchippery.com

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

This Waterloo-based operation makes chips (potato, sweet potato, taro, plantain, cassava, tortilla) and pork rinds.

What to get: A signature nacho box filled with freshly made tortilla chips topped with Montreal smoked meat, aged cheddar cheese sauce, green onions and crunchy mustard. $10.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
The Nacho Box.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Root veggie chips.

 

Seed to Sausage Meatery

905-235-8855, seedtosausage.ca

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

Seed to Sausage sells local and Canadian proteins, artisanal cured meat made with minimal additives and preservatives and a line of house-made sausages. The licensed dine-in area serves deli-style favourites like sandwiches, meat and cheese plates and steak.

What to get: The Montreal-style smoked meat sandwich on light rye topped with tangy mustard. It comes with salad or house-made kettle chips. $15.25.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
The Montreal-style smoked meat sandwich.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Here’s the licensed dining area.

 

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Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Founder Mike McKenzie with an aging side of Ontario-raised wagyu from Otter Creek Farms.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
More meat.

 

Sugar King Factory

905-235-6500, sugarkingfactory.ca

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

Imported confections and other hard-to-find sugary treats, including British and retro products, novelty candies and limited-run American cereals. What to get: Giant Pez dispensers.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Check out this haul.

 

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Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
And check out this wall.

 

Starbucks

905-895-9411, starbucks.ca The coffee giant’s outlet serves its special Reserve brews, including coffee made on a Clover machine and nitro cold brews.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
You know what it looks like.

 

Sweet Jesus

905-235-4711, sweetjesus4life.com

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

The city’s ice cream darling of Instagram is here, serving their signature over-the-top soft serve.

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What to get: The Birthday Cake, vanilla soft serve with cream cheese icing, birthday cake bits and rainbow sprinkles in a waffle cone. $7.50.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Any day can be your birthday at Sweet Jesus.

 

Union Chicken

905-235-7760, unionchicken.com

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

The third location of this chicken chain serves its signature spit-fired rotisserie and fried chicken. It’s licensed too, so customers can order beer, cider, wine or cocktails to go with their bird. A small ready-to-cook retail section will launch later in October. What to get: Uncle Ray’s Lightning Hot Nashville Chicken, boneless buttermilk-fried chicken thighs drizzled in habanero hot sauce and maple-honey syrup on a slice of Texas toast with chili-lime butter and pickles. $14.95.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Uncle Ray’s Lightning Hot Nashville Chicken.

 

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Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Here’s the dining room.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
The Lavender Mule cocktail is made with Beefeater Gin, lavender, lemon and ginger beer. $9.95.

 

Village Juicery

905-235-8835, villagejuicery.com

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

Here, health nuts will find all the organic cold-pressed juice and plant-based treats they need. The juice bar serves kombucha on tap, tinctures, energy tonics, and hot drinks. A refrigerated case is stocked with juice, booster shots, vegan salads and dairy-free breakfast jars.

What to get: The Energy Tonic (cold-pressed orange, lemon and lime juices, ginger, turmeric, astragalus and ginseng extracts, bee pollen and craft kombucha). $6.

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Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
The Energy Tonic.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
It’s a juice rainbow.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Solid things include gluten-free baked goods and organic raw power balls. $2 and up.

 

Vince’s Market

289-319-1042, vincesmarket.ca

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

This Vaughan-based independent grocer has a strong salad bar game.

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What to get: Vince’s Own soups or sauces. $6.99 and up.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Partner Giancarlo Trimarchi shows off some of the brand’s most-popular items including the turkey with wild rice soup and pasta sauce.

 

The Wine Shop and Tasting Room

905-853-6246, thewineshops.com

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

A retail space and tasting bar features wines from the Niagara Peninsula, including bottles from Peller Estates, Trius Winery, Wayne Gretzky Estates and Thirty Bench. What to get: A tasting flight. $15 and up.

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
Kitchen & Co.
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Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada

Market & Co.’s demo kitchen will host regular events, pop-ups and workshops, like complimentary cooking classes led by local market merchants (pasta making with chef Micahel Angeloni, oyster workshops with Patrick “Shucker Paddy” McMurray, guided olive oil tastings and knife sharpening clinics).

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
It does double-duty as a seating area when classes aren’t in session.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
There’s also a free little cookbook library. Leave a cookbook, take a cookbook.

 

Inside Market & Co., a new 40,000-square-foot food hall inside Upper Canada
A parting note.

Upper Canada, 17600 Yonge Street, Newmarket, shopmarketandco.com, @shopmarketco/

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