Posted on May 3rd, 2010 by .

Eating locally raised and harvested food is an important part of any authentic travel experience. Blogger, journalist and author of “Locavore,” Sarah Elton, shares some tips on how to eat locally in Montréal or wherever your travels might take you.


In Montréal there are plenty of options to find locally grown/raised food options. Here are some of our picks:

Montreal Public Markets
Click on the “English” option for details about the following yearlong markets.

Marché Jean Talon – The largest outdoors market in Canada. Open-air arcades are occupied by over 300 vendors, mostly farmers from the countryside around Montréal.

Marché Atwater – Many options for fine cheeses, wines and meats. The market’s Art Deco building was designed by architect Ludger Lemieux. Right beside the stunning Lachine Canal.

Marché Maisonneuve – Located in Hochalaga-Maisonneuve, the neighborhood of the Olympic Stadium. This market will give you an opportunity to practice your French, while having a true Québécois culinary experience.



Toqué – If you are a serious foodie with a passion for local food, this should be the number one dining experience on your itinerary. Chef Normand Laprise is an award-winning chef known for his creativity and warm, friendly character.

The Green Panther – “Good food for the urban jungle” is the motto at this budget-friendly, Mile End eatery. They aim to support local economies while minimizing unnecessary shipments. Killer falafel.

Aux Vivres – A vegan restaurant that works to source their ingredients from local farmers. Not into smoked meat? Well try the “smoked wheat” sandwich for a twist on traditional Montréal grub.


Food Boutiques

Le Canard Libéré – Equal parts delicatessen and café, this store features duck raised just outside of Montréal in Knowlton.

Bilboquet – Delicious homemade ice creams from local cows!


If you think we’ve missed something, please leave a comment and let us know!

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