I am SO ready for Spring that I almost just want to stop talking about Winter altogether and to just concentrate on happy thoughts. Just think about the warm weather and flowers, and sunshine and daisies. Forget all about freezing rain.
On that note, it's time to start planning some Spring activities to get your mind off of the bleak situation we currently find ourselves in. And what says Spring more than outdoor markets?
I don't know if you've ever been to an open-aired, outdoor market in Montreal but it will absolutely change your life. Just being able to smell and touch all that fresh produce will make you immediately feel rejuvenated. And in case you haven't looked outside recently, we are in serious need of some cheering-up.
There are actually several outdoor markets that you can visit in the city. And they all bring something a little different and special to the table. So that just means that you have to visit all of them before you can pick your favorite. So here's a list of the best ones in Montreal:
If you live in Montreal then you've definitely heard this name. And if you've never been then you are SERIOUSLY missing out. It was established in 1933, so it's one of the oldest public markets in the city. Did you know that it was actually originally called Marché du Nord until 1983? Generations of vendors have come here to sell and buy; it's a symbol of the city. Naturally, the shopkeepers here sell local fruits and vegetables but there are also tons of butchers, bakers, fishmongers, and grocers. Everything here is high quality, seasonal and fresh, so you're sure to find some amazing stuff! Though the Jean-Talon market is actually open year-round, once it warms up, they take down the walls and open it up to the air.
As soon as I think about warm weather, Atwater Market pops into my head and I'm sure you all know why. It's located right along the Lachine Canal, so you can just imagine the days spent sitting by the water, sun beating on your face, enjoying some fresh produce for the market. The architecture of this place is incredibly beautiful, and it too was founded in 1933 and is open all year. Atwater market is known for their butcher shops, cheesemongers, and endless gardens. They've also got an amazing restaurant section called the "Pôle des saveurs" where you can find Vietnamese and Reunion Island cuisine, barbecue, tapas, ice cream and other refreshments.
With a bit of a complicated history, this market can be found in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough and opened up permanently just before the 2000s. If you're looking for locally-grown food, then this is the place to be. And it's much less crowded than the other super popular markets, so you'll actually be able to hear yourself think. Instead of going to the grocery store, you can stop here for everything from bread, meat, and cheese to spices and vegetables. The workers at this market are super knowledgeable, so you know that their fresh products will be of high-quality. They're also more than happy to give you advice and tips! Summer is, of course, the best time ot come to any of these markets. The smells alone will send you into a happy frenzy!
Did you know that this is actually the oldest market in Montreal? That's right! It was opened in 1845. It struggled to stay open until now what with grocery stores and competition, but now it is striving and here to stay! This market is located right next to the Lachine Canal bike path, so it's perfect for a day out in the sun. They're famous for Fromagerie Atwater de Lachine, Gaufrabec, Jardins Beaudin, Lory Fleurs’ and many more! They've got something for every season, whether it be flowers, pumpkins or Christmas trees! They're really proud of their seasonal produce!
Here are some more market pictures to take your mind off of the snow: