Markets are always the heart of a city, and in Montreal, markets are the ideal places to learn about local products and delve deeper into the culture. Because Montreal has 2 official languages (French and English) outside of the markets you will see the word “marché” and the word “market”, both meaning market.
If you visit Montreal and stay in an apartment with a kitchen, it will be very useful to know which are the big markets to be able to buy quality local ingredients, for a low price and thus extend your budget. The advantage of the Montreal markets is that they can be easily reached using public transportation.
You will find the Marché Atwater on one side of the “Lachine” Canal, with a more gourmet offer compared to the other markets in the city. This market is renowned for its charcuterie and cheeses, although you can also buy fresh seafood, flowers, ice cream and delicious chocolates. You will also find several restaurants serving Thai, Spanish, Mexican, Japanese and Canadian food.
Marché Jean Talon
The marché Jean Talon is a true pearl of the “Petite Patrie” neighborhood. Here you will find fresh fruits and vegetables, rich local and European cheeses, flowers, organic meats, juices and desserts. Around the market there are also several restaurants that open their terraces during the summer so that visitors can enjoy the sun while eating.
In the Marché Maisonneuve we will find an excellent offer of fruits, vegetables and flowers, just like in the other markets. Outside this place there is a water fountain where people sit to look at the facade of the old market that is still standing while they taste the recently bought food. Many locals come here for their regular purchases.
You will discover the Marché Bonsecours when you visit Old Montreal. This is where you’ll find designer clothing, local crafts, and artwork. It’s worth a visit if you’re interested in any of those items, otherwise if you’re only interested in food, it’s a place to cross off your list. It is an excellent place to buy souvenirs.