What are the most visited markets in Montreal?

1. Jean-Talon Market, Montreal: The Jean-Talon Market is one of the oldest and largest open-air markets in North America. It began as a playground in the north end of Montreal. The city bought the land during the economic crash of 1929 to create a market and create jobs. The market, then called Marche-du-Nord, opened in 1933 and was mainly frequented by Greek, Italian, Vietnamese and Irish immigrants. The United Nations agency would get live poultry and meat on Friday and Saturday.

The Jean-Talon market is located in the heart of the underprivileged district of Italy and is open year-round. It has one hundred and fifty native fruit and vegetable vendors in the high season, between May and November.

In addition to fruits and vegetables, you will find florists, an SAQ (Société des alcools du Québec) associate, grocers, butchers, cheese and fish shops, a chocolate shop, an ice cream parlor, an Italian store associate, pastry shops, artisanal bakeries, a grocery store associate, a variety of specialty retailers, cafés and restaurants.
This is far from my favorite Montreal market and the one that really drew me to Villeray ten years ago just to be there.

2. Atwater Market, Montreal: The Atwater Market was also established in 1933, in the southwestern part of the city, just south of downtown. This market is known for its tall tower and artful movement form, making it one of the most spectacular in North America. Open year round, it has an indoor space with several butchers and various specialty stores in addition to vendors all around the main building selling recent and seasonal produce, flowers, Christmas trees once a season or various native specialties.


The market's location on the Lachine Canal bike path makes it a popular meeting place for summer cyclists. If you get a chance to have lunch, stop by the seasonal Satay Brothers stand for some of the simplest Southeast Asian food in Montreal.

3. Maisonneuve Market, Montreal: The Maisonneuve Market opened around 1910 in a beautiful Beaux-Arts style building in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighborhood on the Montreal side. It was frequented by residents of the United Nations agency who flocked to the market to buy the products of farmers, butchers and fishmongers.

Abundant with disappointed customers, the Maisonneuve Market was closed in the 1960s, only to open in the 1980s due to pressure from native voters. In 1995, the market took over its gift location, a fashionable building where residents still flock to buy local ingredients from their favorite vendors. Abundantly smaller than the Jean or Atwater markets, the Maisonneuve market offers all the requirements of its larger counterparts as well as flowers, fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, fish, foods and products specific to Quebec.

4. Reuben Schwartz, Montreal: No visit to Montreal would be complete without enjoying some of the city's most famous Chucks. Canned meat is a Montreal classic and Schwartz's in St. Laurent is its most famous supplier.

Opened in 1928 by Reuben Schwartz, a migrant from Romania, Schwartz's is considered a cultural institution in Montreal. Lines will stretch for the blocks as individuals stand for the signature dish: a candied meat sandwich on mustard bread.

5. Jean-Talon Market, Montreal: Located in Montreal's Little Italy, the Jean-Talon Market is considered one of the oldest public markets in the city. It is also one of the largest in North America, with no less than three hundred vendors throughout the high season.

Open year round, you will find a selection of maple products, fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, fish, meats, spices, oils, cheeses and a range of artisanal products in store. Most of these things are native or regional Quebec specialties.

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