25 Aug 2020

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Address Book: Old Montreal’s Fine Markets

Address Book: Old Montreal’s Fine Markets

Gourmets, gourmands, refined palates, and the culinary curious, this article is for you. Here are a few addresses of fine markets that want to share their love for the products they hold so dear. You’ll never pass these places up again once you’ve tasted what they’ve got to offer. Plus, you can find great gifts for anyone here. Ready to check it out?

Let’s Start Our Shopping with Local Products!

Marché des Éclusiers, 400 de la Commune Ouest Street

Are you in the market for some fresh, local products? Come meet face to face with the producers and come see the amazing stock on their shelf: seasonal fruits and vegetables from here, cheeses, honey, bread, and pastries just ready to be grabbed up. This market in the Old Port is the perfect weekend stop. With its dance hall ambiance, flowery décor, and the abundant hanging lights, everything here blends perfectly into a pleasant, cozy experience.

Le Cartet, 106 McGill Street

In this modern cantina-style ambiance, you can choose to savour one of their great meals in their dining room, select from a large choice of dishes to take-out, or enjoy yourself looking through their fine grocery selection. Truffle oils, Himalayan sea salts, vinegars of all kinds, local terrines… this is one outstanding market to visit! We can’t get enough of their ready-to-eat packaged snacks, like their snack cakes, nougats, and chocolates. Plus for you nostalgic types, they have KusmiTea teas, Flavigny anise mints, and Carambars for when you want to take a little trip to France.

Marché de la Villette, 324 Saint-Paul Ouest Street

Are you looking to prepare a lunch, a weekend picnic, or an evening aperitif? Drop by this restaurant which we love for its casual and amicable atmosphere. Having dine-in and take-out options, this place is great for choosing gourmet products in generous portions. This butcher/delicatessen will amaze you by the quality of their wonderful sausages, terrines, rillettes, chicken, and other fine products.

Marché du Vieux-Montréal, 477 Saint-Laurent Boulevard

Find a great seat in the corner of their mezzanine floor to watch passersby on the Notre-Dame/Saint-Lawrence intersection, or just peruse their wares and decide what you’re going to take home with you. Here, their coffee counter (with great strawberry crêpes!), selection of souvenirs, and groceries, meld together perfectly in a cohesive, intimate space. A little lower, they also have a whole space dedicated to poutine… oh yes! All that’s left is to shop, cook, and enjoy.

Slice and soda, 201 Saint-Paul Street

If you have never been here for their ultra-fresh pizza, then you may not know about their little corner devoted to Italian groceries. Including tomato sauces, jarred fruits and antipasto, chips of unexpected flavours, olive oils, lasagna noodles and more, it will have you thinking you accidentally set foot in Italy!

In Search of Gifts for Party Hosts

Market Grocery (Bonsecours Market)

Are you in need of ideas on what to cook? Don’t panic, one trip around Bonsecours Market will give you all the creative inspiration you need. They have jams, terrines, bottles of alcohol, and other treats that are great as gifts. And all these beautiful local products will give a new pep to your dishes and a taste that will have friends asking for more.

The Pepin Shop & L’Amour du Pain, 369 Place d’Youville

If you were to sum up the essence of these places it would be “brilliance, beautiful objects, and greenery”. Enter The Pepin Shop to uncover some surprising products. You’ll also come across stuff for the kitchen with designer allure, like their spice cellars made to size, or their collection of house teas that are packaged in cute jars that you can reuse. Once you’ve finished this wonderful culinary discovery, sit yourself at the tables at L’Amour du Pain – directly across from The Pepin Shop – for a nice latte, and leave with a great, hefty boule of bread.

Le Petit Dep, 179 Saint-Paul Ouest Street

As the name would indicate, this top-of-the-line dépanneur convenience store offers some meticulously hand-picked products! If you have never been here, it’s high time you entered its prettily decorated walls! In addition to offering a superb ambiance, delicious cream cookies, and lip-smacking lemonade, they also boast a nice selection of condiments, spices, and sugary and salty snacks (chocolate, salted caramel, honey…). We also come here just for the Montreal souvenirs… They’re perfect for locals and tourists alike!

Chocolate, Maple Syrup, Popcorn, and Other Timeless Snacks

Café Mère-Grand, 800 Berri Street

Take a moment for yourself on their terrace (a real hidden treasure) to contemplate their floral façade and think about what you’ll be bringing back home with you. Babka brioches, utopian coffees, and other fine groceries await you here. On our part, our hearts beat for the Snickers-style spread, easily eaten right off a teaspoon, or spread on some of their orange flower madeleines. All of this stuff is homemade, and best accompanied with their good local Kittel coffee!

Délices, Érable et Cie, 84 Saint-Paul Est Street

In Quebec, maple syrup is written in our DNA! If you haven’t tried them before, you need to sample their maple coffee and popcorn. Their vinaigrettes, like the cranberry maple ginger flavour or their other maple combos taste wonderful on our summer salads. We love the vast product selection here, and the samples they give out to the indecisive (and the discerning gourmand!). Here, the tradition of maple is made modern!

Chocosina, 406 Saint-Sulpice Street

Like the name would lead you to believe, this little shop is like a kingdom of chocolate. With a selection including little caramelized cream eggs, truffle treats, or chocolate suckers, this is a great place to come stock up on your guilty pleasures! And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll be pleased to learn that they sell in bulk: their candies make a great snack to keep you going throughout the day!

Finally, if you need something decorative and gourmet to refill your kitchen Mason jars, try La Bonbonnière or Mary’s Popcorn in the Old Port. They’ve got what you need: multicolour candies of all kinds, and thousands of flavours of popcorn, all made on site. Try not to eat it all before you get back home!

© Photos Credit : Geneviève Giguère