I recently visited the Canadian city of Montreal within the French speaking region of Quebec. After a few tips from the Food Editor at EatingWell Magazine (where I interned this summer) on places to go and things to see, I was most excited to visit the markets!
The two best markets: Jean Talon and Atwater Market. Which one reigned supreme? Well both were very unique and had an 'old world' market feel. The venders all sold produce grown locally and were handing out samples to the passers by. The Jean Talon Market seemed more expansive than Atwater and had much more produce and almost three times more venders, with endless rows of fruits and vegetables. The Atwater market on the other hand was a market that seemed to have almost everything. The Atwater Market had produce venders but it also had an indoor meat market, a fish vender and supplied more of a local grocer items. Atwater market also had an excellent deli, pastry and bakery.
So which market is the best? I would suggest seeing both if possible! While the Jean Talon is more impressive, colorful and exciting, the Atwater market seems better for everyday and specialty shopping and is where you might see more unique local meats and cheeses. Still can't decide which one is the best? Check out my photo series from both markets below!
Jean Talon Market: