This is the ultimate place to get street food in Toronto

Torontonians love their street food, but the reality is that there are few places to eat on actual streets.

This is largely due to strict rules on where food trucks can stop, a failed food cart program and limited opportunities for first-time food entrepreneurs that don’t have million-dollar budgets.

But for just over a decade, Market 707, a strip of shipping containers turned food stalls and storefronts managed by the Scadding Court Community Centre at Dundas Street West and Bathurst Street, has been a shining example of what the city needs more of.

Everyone from hospital workers to students come here to grab an affordable meal not from a chain. Cooks have more freedom to test out new dishes or switch out menus without worrying whether they’ll fill a whole dining room.

Akash Swar holds a tray of mango choux pastries at her Little Sister Baking booth.

“This community centre gives opportunities to people who want to start a business,” said pastry chef Akash Swar of Little Sister Baking, who moved from a rental commercial kitchen nearby to her own booth at the market last year. “My rent is under $1,000 a month, which is a lot more manageable for first-time business owners.”

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And, over the years, the market has found its groove as an international food hub where you can have injera with a Montreal smoked meat poutine and wash it down with a Jamaican ginger-pineapple juice.

Be warned that not all the vendors are open every day, but Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are good bets on when to show up.

With patio season in full swing, Market 707 is the place to go. Here’s a look at all of its culinary offerings.