Montréal’s Public Markets

© Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin - Jean-Talon Market

April 22, 2013 ─ Montréal’s public markets feature outstanding local produce and artisanal wares, but what really sets them apart are the purveyors. At the markets, farmers and merchants are happy to answer questions or even share advice and recipes. Considering that the Jean-Talon Market is the largest in North America, that’s a lot to explore and discover!

Local produce
Montréal’s public markets are home to a wide variety of local producers and small gourmet boutiques that feature a cornucopia of fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, fish, baked goods, organic and healthy food products, as well as local specialties the likes of iced cider, artisanal chocolate and more. A stop at the Jean-Talon Market’s La Fromagerie Hamel cheese shop is an absolute must: a real cheesemonger since 1961, it offers an incredible selection of fine local and imported deli meats and cheeses.

Colours and flavours from around the world
Strolling through Montréal’s public markets is a favourite past-time for local residents; they are a place to discover new flavours, pick up groceries and meet up with friends. 

They are also a great place to experience the city’s incredible multi-cultural vibe. With exotic gourmet delights from around the world, the market highlights the flavours of Montréal’s many cultural communities and acts as a spot for the world to meet.

Tasty nibbles on site
As you near the city’s markets, chances are you’ll be tempted by the arresting aromas of grilled merguez sausage, piping hot crêpes, brewing coffee and freshly-picked produce. Go ahead – give in and enjoy!