Hi Frugalistas! Continuing my theme of exploring the “Frenchness” of Canada, I’m turning my attention to markets. I love markets when I travel in Europe. Judging from your feedback, I know you do too, so when I discovered there was more than one fabulous food market in Montreal I knew I had to visit them both. So join me on a tour of two of the best known food markets in Montreal – the Marche Jean Talon and the Marche Atwater.
Visiting the food markets in Montreal
Both the Marche Jean Talon and Marche Atwater are easily reached by the Montreal Metro (about 10 minutes from central Montreal, then a 5 minute walk.)
When you should visit really depends on your own personal preference. I visited the Marche Jean Talon on a mid week afternoon, and went to the Marche Atwater for breakfast the next day. At both times the markets were quite quiet, making it easy to wander around. While they may have lacked a little in atmosphere, frankly I prefer that to battling the crowds on a Saturday morning.
Visiting in late April I was very lucky as both markets had plenty of spring flowers available. Particularly at the Marche Atwater these made an amazing display that was worth visiting in its own right. The downside of visiting so early in spring was that many of the outside stalls were not open. I could see both markets readying their outside areas, so no doubt as I write, they are starting to fill up with even more stalls to tempt and delight.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief visit to two of the best food markets in Montreal. If you want to see more, why not follow me on Instagram where I’ll be posting more highlights of these two fun markets?
Author’s note: While in Montreal I was a guest of L’Hotel and Quebec Tourisme.