31 Aug 2021

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Address Book: Old Montreal’s Fine Markets

Address Book: Old Montreal’s Fine Markets

Gourmets, gourmands, refined palates, and the culinarily 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 again pass these places up once you’ve tasted what they’ve got to offer. Plus, you can find great gifts to match anyone. Ready to check it out?

We Love Shopping Local!

Marché des Éclusiers, 400 de la Commune Street West

Are you in the market for some fresh, local products? Come meet the producers face-to-face and see the amazing stock on their shelves: local seasonal fruits and vegetables, 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.

Fou d’ici, 503 Place d’Armes

This recent addition to the neighbourhood boasts both fine groceries and ready-to-eat options. We love their huge selection of products, most particularly their collection of teas and tea accessories. And okay, we may have also fallen in love with their raspberry and pistachio financier cookies, best enjoyed at their terrace with a view looking out over the Notre-Dame Basilica.

La Cave à Manger, 386 St-Paul Street East

The same team behind Brewsky is the mastermind behind this bakery/wine boutique concept, so you know it’s high-quality! From their ready-to-eat items and grocery section, we loved their bread, as well as their beer sausage and their wonderful coffee aisle. And their unique selection of wines is the icing on the cake!

Le Petit Marché de la Commune, 695 de la Commune Street West

Offering fresh fruits and vegetables, vacuum-packaged meats, dried mushrooms, Italian pasta, and ready-to-eat items, this colourfully decked out store is ready to help you find out just what to eat with its homemade dishes, or to create a beautiful recipe from their fresh products!

Marché du Vieux-Montréal, 477 Saint-Laurent Boulevard

Find a seat in the corner of their mezzanine floor to watch passersby on the Notre-Dame/Saint-Laurent intersection, or just peruse their wares and decide what 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 further back, they even have a whole space dedicated to poutine… oh yes! All that’s left is to shop, cook, and enjoy.

France and Spain Await!

Les Pyrénées, 320 St-Paul Street West

During the pandemic, this restaurant, well-known for its basque, Spanish, and Catalan style cuisine, completely changed up its menu and began offering canned goods, vacuum-packaged food, terrines, and cook-at-home dishes. Great news: the restaurant has resumed its normal business AND decided to continue selling items in its grocery section!

Le Cartet, 106 McGill Street

In this modern school cafeteria ambiance, you can choose to enjoy one of their great meals in their dining room, select from a large choice of dishes to take-out, or take some time to peruse 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. And 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 Street West

Do you have 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 with the quality of their wonderful sausages, terrines, rillettes, chicken, and other fine products.

The Dolce Vita of Italy

Epicerie Marinelli, 759 de la Commune Street West

They have a huge space dedicated to ready-to-eat food, Italian dried meats, dried pasta, and Italian and Canadian cheeses, and everything looks appetizing! There is almost everything here needed to prepare a gourmet homemade meal, or a decadent picnic basket. Good to know, you can order online and receive delivery within the day, where conditions apply.

Caffe Un Po' Di Piu, 3 de la Commune Street East

When the duo of Dyan Solomon and Eric Girard (same pair behind Olive + Gourmando and Foxy) opened this establishment, we could hardly stop our mouths from watering: pasta freshly made in-house, Italian wines, and - well, in short, this restaurant is outstanding. But when we found out they had their own high-quality grocery section, that’s when we said “Ciao, we’ll see you there!”

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!

Great and Good Ideas to Treat Yourself!

Épicerie du Marché, 350 Saint-Paul Street East, local 275 - 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 add 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 Street West

This convenience store with vintage charm offers some meticulously hand-picked products. If you have never been here, it’s high time you walked through its wonderfully decorated storefront! 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…). You’ll never run out of choices!

Chocolate, Maple Syrup, Pastries, and Other Timeless Snacks

Chez Potier, 630 Wellington Street

This shop may be new to the neighbourhood, but not to the Montreal culinary scene! Chez Potier is the top-of-the-line grocery/bakery that nicely rounds out the neighbourhood’s offerings. Be it sweet or salty, “to go” or “ready-to-eat”, the three selective Epicureans behind this store’s creation love to share their enjoyment for all good things. A wonderful addition to the Cité du Multimédia!

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

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 (like mustard or honey!) taste wonderful on our salads. We love the vast product selection here as well 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

As 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 get your fill of life’s little 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 fend off those hunger pangs!

Keep an Eye Out:

Le beau marché, 366 Notre Dame Street West

The promise of a multi-faceted food store – grocery, deli, bakery – plus a commitment to local and eco-friendly; we’re already in love!

© Photos Credit: Geneviève Giguère