December 21, 2012 – For a taste of Montréal’s local culinary culture, head over to Jean-Talon Market, the largest outdoor public market in North America and a mecca for foodies from near and far.
A feast for the senses
Nestled in the heart of Little Italy, the market is a veritable feast for the senses. You’ll be greeted by the irresistible aromas of slow-roasting lamb, freshly baked baguettes and authentic French crêpes that waft out of the market’s many lunch and snack spots.
Pyramids of fruits and vegetables
Regardless of when you visit, you’ll be awed by the colours. In the summer months, baskets of blueberries, blackberries and strawberries abound, while in the fall, the sight of fresh pumpkins and the smell of roasted chestnuts take the chill out of the air. Vendors feature pyramids of imported peaches, mangos and nectarines alongside garden-fresh tomatoes, zucchini and lettuce all year round.
Whether you’re filling your basket for a picnic or you’re looking for a souvenir with local flavour, be sure to check out the market’s gourmet food shops, as well as its specialty cheese and meat vendors. Marché des Saveurs is renowned for its selection of Québec wines. Cheese-lovers will want to linger just a little longer at two of Montréal’s premiere cheese vendors, Fromagerie Hamel and Fromagerie Qui lait cru!?! Both feature Québec cheeses, and the helpful staff will make suggestions to match your dinner plate and your palette.
If the best way to experience a culture is by tasting its cuisine, Jean-Talon Market is an essential stop on your tour.