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Apr 4, 2004 07:43 PM

markets in montreal

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I am going to visit a friend in Montreal for easter weekend.

She is new to the city and I'm going to help her explore it and find some new places to visit regularily. One of the things I'm looking for are markets. Farmer's market type places.

Places with a good variety of fresh foods.

And heck, if you have any other highlights that you think a couple of women on a budget should hit, let me know. *grin*

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  1. Two farmers' markets far outclass all others: Atwater Market (southwest of downtown, near the Lionel-Groulx metro station) and Jean-Talon Market (in Little Italy, near the Jean-Talon and de Castelnau metro stations).

    Below is a hyperlink to a long-ago post that neatly summarizes the attractions of both, especially the latter, and mentions a few other gourmet destinations. A few things have changed in the year and a half since that post was written. The Atwater Market is, if anything, better and a classy SAQ SĂ©lection wine and spirits store has opened across the street. Also, Chaput's cheese store is now Yannick Fromagerie, with a wider if slightly less exalted selection of fromages. And at least a couple of interesting new foodie stores have opened on the Laurier strip(s).

    Even if you don't speak French, but especially if you do, try to find a copy of the 2004 edition of Quartiers Gourmands, the guide to high-quality food stores at the Jean-Talon and Atwater markets and in the Plateau, Mile End and Outremont districts. Though it's beginning to get scarce, you'll still find copies at several food stores and French bookstores in those neighbourhoods (on Saturday, I saw some at Toi, Moi et Café on Laurier). At C$5.75 a copy, it's a steal, if only for the addresses and phone numbers, not to mention the pretty pictures.