Why You Need to Visit the Montreal Markets

I was promised delicious food and delicious food was what I got! Of the four days that I had spent in Montreal, I went to the Montreal Markets on three separate occasions. Three! Out of four! I really was not expecting to go back so many times but I was smitten.

Why You Need to Visit the Montreal Markets

The Public Markets of Montreal is a group of 250 members, vendors, and merchants from 15 markets. This is where rural and urban meets in Montreal as these markets gives locals and tourists like myself access to the local produce in convenient spots at affordable prices. You absolutely need to visit the Montreal Markets if you are ever in town.

When I walked into Atwater Market, my first sight was so many pumpkins to prepare for Halloween! Some were decorated and some were plain. There were mini pumpkins and there were huge ones. I was practically in a pumpkin patch and was so tempted to purchase one!

Why You Need to Visit the Montreal Markets

Why You Need to Visit the Montreal Markets

Once I made my way past the pumpkins, I was greeted with ALL the fruit. The vendors were friendly, offered samples, and I immediately fell in love and purchased a box of fresh strawberries. There were vendors with fresh fruit, vegetables, shops filled with cheeses, meats, pastries, and more! I was overwhelmed by all the options and needed to be held back from buying ALL the foods. Everything was pretty much below big box grocery store prices (and were bigger and more fresh!). My friend Jen exclaimed “look how cheap these peppers are!!!” when we walked by a whole bag for $1.50! We regretfully did not purchase any peppers nor the avocados bigger than my fist. We later had a conversation about how we should have tried to make room in our bags to try and fit the whole Montreal Market in!

Why You Need to Visit the Montreal Markets

Why You Need to Visit the Montreal Markets

Why You Need to Visit the Montreal Markets

Why You Need to Visit the Montreal Markets

Why You Need to Visit the Montreal Markets

Why You Need to Visit the Montreal Markets

Needless to say, the two of us were smitten by the fresh options, prices, and the size of everything available. Sounds like a place you’d enjoy visiting? Below is a list of markets that are either a personal favourite or came highly recommended by the locals.

Atwater Market

138 Atwater Ave – Atwater Market is a short walk from Lionel-Groulx station, along the canal. Opened Monday to Wednesdays 7AM – 6PM, Thursday to Friday 7AM – 8PM, Saturday to Sunday 7AM – 5PM.

Jean-Talon Market

7070 Avenue Henri-Julien – Jean-Talon Market is a short walk from Jean-Talon Station just passed Little Italy. Jean-Talon Market is actually the largest in North America! Definitely worth the visit. Opened Monday to Wednesday 7AM – 6PM, Thursday to Friday 7AM – 8PM, Saturday 7AM – 6PM, Sunday 7AM – 5PM.

NDG Good Food Market

2146 Marlow Ave – NDG Good Food Market is a non profit market with local, organic, “imperfect” items, seasonal vegetables, and more (i.e. sometimes there are freshly cooked meals!) at an affordable price to combat poverty. Opened Friday 2PM – 7PM.

Marche Solidaire Frontenac

2349 Rue de Rouen, #100 – Marche Solidaire Frontenac again provides a supply of fresh fruits and vegetables and affordable to the population residing in the Centre-Sud district of Montreal. Opened Tuesday – Saturday 10AM – 7PM.

Maisonneuve Market

4445 Ontario East – Maisonneuve is a smaller but cute little market that is opened year round.  Opened Monday – Wednesday 7AM – 6PM, Thursday – Friday 7AM – 8PM, Saturday 7AM – 6PM, Sunday 7AM – 5PM.

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57 thoughts on “Why You Need to Visit the Montreal Markets

  1. I would love to visit Montreal now that Canada is giving up visas for my nationality. One of my stops would have to be the markets, I am a foodie and the foods there look delicious. I like what they did with those pumpkins 🙂

  2. I love everything I have read so far about Montreal. I love going to markets and trying out different foods and spending time with friends. This sort of reminds me of the markets in London or here in Vienna. Love the pic of all those pumpkins.

  3. I feel like Montreal is one of the few cities in North America that looks and has a vibe of Europe. It’s very walkable. Just I’m not sure of the cold though. But summer time it’s an awesome place to visit.

  4. Oh gosh – I really do need to visit these markets one day. That fruit looks incredible – and the pumpkins are brilliant! Markets are my favourite places when I’m exploring a town or city. I’m so hungry now 😉

    • It really depends! Some of them are sold by the pound (around 50 cents a pound?) but if it is halloween season and everyone wants one… prices may vary 🙂

  5. The markets in Montreal look awesome, especially the fresh produce and awesome range of cheeses. Great to see all the pumpkins lines up ready for Halloween too. I love a good market so would really enjoy exploring these if I ever get the chance to visit Montreal.

  6. My goodness- those strawberries are MASSIVE! I love visiting farmers markets but the ones around here are SO expensive. This one sounds like it’s reasonably priced- I’d love to check it out and feast on samples when I visit Montreal!
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  7. Food markets are the best!! One of my favourite things to do while travelling is checking out the markets and finding tasty things to eat! its so much cheaper than eating in restaurants and you get to meet the producers too!

  8. I didn’t realize just how many markets there are in Montreal! When I was there a couple of years ago I went to the Jean-Talon to pick up loads of fresh veggies + fruits for roadside picnics! I was especially excited when the U.S. customs guy didn’t make me throw them out when I crossed back into Maine! Great post, and I’ll be sure to check out the other markets next time I’m there! Cheers!
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  9. Aaaw, I miss Montreal! I studied there for about 3 months, and it’s one of my favourite cities ever! I remember there was a flower market right in front of where I lived that I loved, I wish I had visited all these markets too!

  10. Those strawberries look HUGE! Okay, Montreal Markets is such an amazing market to visit in Canada. The fresh produce is in complete abundance and those pumpkins are so cute!

  11. Just seeing your pumpking photos, the strawberries and foods, it is no doubt I’m fll in love to thia market. Definitely worth every visits.

  12. See the food in your picture makes me hungry. I like to eat strawberries, strawberry fruit seems there are very large and fresh. Unlike in Bali, the size of strawberries in Bali is very small.

  13. I wish there were more outdoor markets here! I love going to them, being able to pick out fresh fruits and sample a bunch of goodies. My favorite outdoor market has been in Italy where they had homemade breads, oils, pestos, olives etc to try and buy!! Did I mention the cured meats?? ughhh so good. Didn’t Montreal go through that whole Pit Bull ban though. I’m a lover of all dogs so not sure if I want to support them at the moment. Looks awesome though! 🙂

  14. It looks like autumn would be the perfect time to visit! I love pumpkins and all the food looks delicious. What was your favorite find?

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