You’ve been to the Jean-Talon Market and the Atwater Market in Montreal, Canada. But you haven’t truly lived until you’ve visited these three public markets and felt like a local! Learn about the history of these markets and how to best enjoy them in your next trip to Montreal. [insert hyperlinks]
One of the few public marketplaces, Maisonneuve Market is worth a visit only for its stunning setting. This market, which is housed in a magnificent Beaux Arts structure, is primarily known for being the location of several neighbourhood fishmongers and butchers, however it also has a wide variety of great cheese and flower stores. (…) Marche Jean-Talon: The largest public market in Montreal, this lively marketplace is home to nearly 250 merchants.
Moulin à Café: A popular brunch spot as well as a family-friendly place to buy anything from fresh produce to prepared foods, Moulin à Café has been an integral part of Montréal’s landscape since 1934.
The Jean-Talon Market should be your sole option if you can only visit one local market while in Montreal. You can find over 150 merchants offering anything from meat and seafood to cheeses and baked products at this market, which is one of the oldest and largest open-air marketplaces in North America and is situated on a former lacrosse field. The atmosphere here will make you feel like a true Montrealer with the strong smell of espresso coffee drifting in the air and French being spoken by everyone. There are also tons of great food stands that offer traditional Québécois cuisine such as smoked meats, cretons (pork spread), charcuterie plates, tamales and fresh vegetables. Finally, don’t forget to stop by Monsieur Baguette for fresh breads, pastries and sandwiches!
You’ll know you’ve arrived to one of Montreal’s premier markets the moment you see the recognisable clock tower of Atwater. Once you enter and find its many specialised shops, which are most renowned for selling fine gourmet olive oils, balsamic vinegar, dried fruits, and spices, the true enchantment begins. The market is always abuzz with shoppers looking for that perfect apple or bunch of green grapes, but it’s also a great place to buy your lunch or dinner. Bring cash so that you can buy hot food at the popular stands like poutine (fries with gravy and cheese) or a hot dog.