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.
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.
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?