Do you prefer browsing brightly coloured fruit stalls to shoe stores while on vacation? Are you more into artisanal edibles than the offerings of high-street malls? Then Montreal is the perfect place for you, with it’s bustling markets open all year round – full of great local food to try on the spot, take back to your studio kitchen, or bring back as gifts for friends and family!
In the heart of Little Italy, the Jean-Talon Market (opened in 1933) is one of the oldest public markets in Montréal. Known for its numerous local fruit and vegetable vendors as well as the cultural diversity of its shopkeepers, It is also one of the largest public markets in North America and its atmosphere is lively in both summer and winter. It’s like a little village, with not just fruits and vegetables, but flowers, spices, oils, cheese, meat, fish and baked goods too.
You’ll have to venture a little farther from downtown for this market, but it’s worth the trek. Located in the borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, the Maisonneuve Market is a favourite with locals, who shop for fresh produce, meat, fish, plants, and cheese. vendors have plenty of knowledge and experience, so don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations and cooking suggestions.
Located in the southwest of Montréal near the Lachine Canal, the Atwater Market is housed in a fantastic art-deco style building makes it one of Montréal’s most beautiful indoor markets. Open year-round, Atwater Market is known for its many butchers and delicatessens, which stock incredible sausages and hard-to find meats, as well as its farmers whose kiosks are brimming with fresh produce and border the perimeter of the building from spring through summer. Great for souvenirs, with vendors selling maple syrup (and maple butter, maple candies, maple cookies…) and jars of home-made jams and pickles.