Take A Trip To These Montréal Markets
Montréal markets are favourite gathering spots for visitors and resident food lovers. Whether you’re perusing the colourful stalls, grabbing a bite to eat from a vendor, or stopping to smell the flowers, head to these markets in Montréal this summer to satisfy all of your cravings.
Looking for more things to do in Montréal? Click here.
7070 Henri-Julien Avenue; marchespublics-mtl.com/jean-talon-market
Inaugurated in 1933, Jean-Talon Market is one of Montréal’s oldest and largest open-air markets. From pumpkins in the fall, to flowers in the summer, the market is a mecca for any food lover. Located in the heart of Little Italy, it boasts dozens of local fruit and vegetable vendors at the height of the season, between May and November. It’s a pleasure to stroll past the vibrant stalls and have a chat with the passionate purveyors. You may even encounter one of Montréal’s star chefs on the lookout for the perfect tomatoes or berries.
What to try: A lobster roll from Aqua Mare during lobster season, maple taffy in the spring, and an ice cream cone from Havre-aux-glaces.
138 Atwater Avenue; marchespublics-mtl.com/atwater-market
Just south of the downtown core, the Atwater Market is famous for its tall clock tower and Art Deco architectural style. It’s also known for its butcher shops that service many of Montréal’s restaurants. Many specialty stores, as well as local merchants, call this market home. The market’s location along the Lachine Canal bike path makes it popular with summer bike riders who stop here for an ice cream or a quick lunch.
What to try: Singaporean and Malaysian street food at Satay Brothers, chocolates from Geneviève Grandbois, and local cheeses from La Fromagerie Atwater.
4445 Ontario East; marchespublics-mtl.com/maisonneuve-market
Built in the early 1900s in a beautiful Beaux Arts-style in the heart of the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood, the bustling Maisonneuve Market was once one of the largest markets for agricultural products in Québec, specializing in the sale of livestock. The market closed in the ’60s, only to reopen in the ’80s thanks to a push from local citizens. In 1995, the market moved to its present location – a contemporary building adjacent to the original – where locals continue to flock. What the Maisonneuve Market lacks in size, it makes up for in charm, offering all the necessities of its larger counterparts.
What to try: Grab an ice cream and enjoy it while sitting around the beautiful fountain right in front of the market.
Marché de Lachine
1875 Notre-Dame, Lachine; marchespublics-mtl.com/lachine-market
Although technically not located in Montréal proper, the Lachine Market is easily accessible via the bike path running along the canal west of Old Montréal. Inaugurated in 1845, the Lachine Market is the oldest in Montréal. It was sadly devastated by a fire in 1866, but reopened 40 years later. It’s the home of pumpkins in the fall, Christmas trees around the holidays, flowers and plants in the spring, and an abundance of local produce in the summer.
Plus, check out:
Marché des Éclusiers
400 de la Commune St W.; marchedeseclusiers.com
Marché des Éclusiers is a seasonal Old Montréal site that hosts a restaurant, bar, and a farmers market, but is only open Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Have a drink or a bite to eat on Marché des Éclusiers’ beautiful terrace in the picturesque surroundings of Old Montréal.
Neighbourhood markets or flower kiosks
Multiple locations; marchespublics-mtl.com
There are six seasonal neighbourhood markets or flower kiosks set up around the island of Montréal, near metro stations, in the middle of parks, or right in the heart of Old Montréal.
120 Avenue Duluth E; marchefermier.ca
Now in its tenth year, non-profit Farmer’s Market sets up around Laurier metro station and brings fruit, vegetables, honey, maple syrup, baked goods and more to locals who look forward to it every year.