Montreal Markets

by Gray Cargill on May 28, 2010

berries at Jean-Talon market

When I think of visiting Montreal in the summer time, I think of the wonderful markets they have there.  The four biggies are Atwater, Jean-Talon, Maisonneuve, and Lachine.  There are also smaller neighborhood markets.  At least two (Atwater and Jean-Talon) are actually open year-round, but for some reason, I only think about the markets in the summer time. 

Boucherie du Marche

The produce in these markets is so beautiful compared to what I see here in the US, largely due to the care taken in its display; it’s as much art as food.  Going to market is like the healthy version of going into a candy store:  So many pretty colors!  So many tasty foods to choose from!  The markets are great places to get a taste of Montreal culture while chatting up farmers, vendors, and other locals.

Fruit

The market that gets the most attention is the gigantic Atwater market, but last summer, I visited the Jean-Talon market (7075 Casgrain Ave) and found it to be a treat as well.  Little Italy is a couple of blocks away, so you can visit both in the same outing.  If you’re headed to Montreal, check out the markets.  Just don’t forget if you’re headed back to the US, you might not be able to bring those fruits and veggies with you across the border. Read up on why at the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website.  My advice is to eat any produce you buy while you’re still in Montreal.  Come on, you can eat a bag of peppers in one sitting, can’t you?

Garlic

Peppers

Look at those purple peppers!

Sugar Plums

I had never seen sugar plums before.

Veggies

Little Italy Store

Little Italy is right around the corner from Jean-Talon Market

Ron Houde May 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Great post. My favs are Atwater and Jean-Talon markets. There are also smaller summer markets in Dorval and Pointe-Claire in the West Island.

SoloFriendly May 29, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Yeah, I'm lucky that way.

Sabina May 29, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I love Montreal! I guess you can easily go because you're so close by. Good for you!

SoloFriendly May 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Me too! Let me know your ETA, and I'll come up and visit!

SoloFriendly May 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm

OMG, really, Keith? That's so sweet! Montreal is a very romantic city. Good choice!

Nomadic Chick May 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Love this post! Can't wait to see all this in person. Gorgeous photos!

travelingsavage May 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I love Montreal – it's where I proposed.

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