Having a good butcher is essential to all meat-eaters. Not only do butchers provide better quality meats than what you'd get prepackaged at a grocery store, there's also that quaint and cute quality that comes from visiting your local butcher. If you don't have a go-to butcher yet, we've fashioned a list of some of the best butchers Montreal has to offer. Check 'em out.
Atwater Market owns it when it comes to butchers. Jean Talon is great for cheese, but Atwater owns the butcher scene, with two great shops to get your meat. Boucherier de Tours is famous for French cuts and very enticing specialty products. Boucherie A. Belager et Fils has been around for over 90 years, and with a reputation among even the best chefs, you know its got good stuff.Family-run and friendly, Chez Vito is Mile End's best butcher shop. Pre-marinated steaks and homemade sausages, along with anything else you may need, are all available. So is some solid coffee if you need a quick pick me up while gabbing your meats.Super cheap and delicious, Boucherie de Paris is perfect for students, and everyone else. Along with a full butcher counter, Boucherie de Paris has delicious sandwiches and imported French products, all at very fair prices.A frontrunner in the "who has the best smoked meat" debate, Quebec Smoked Meat is fast, affordable, and also boasts what some claim as the best brisket in the city. Grab a smoked meat sandwich with Polish mustard and see if Quebec Smoked Meat can hold its own against Schwartz's.You can get sandwiches at almost any butcher, but where can you get a bag of ribs to go ad ready to eat on the fly? Well, at Boucherie Lawrence, which serves a big bag of ribs for $12, a loaf of sourdough bread included. Accessible and serving locally raised animal, as well as all other products from local producers, Bouchereri Lawrence is the modern local meat shop.Technically PA is a supermarket, and not solely a butcher, but they do have a butcher counter, and no one can argue against the amazing deals PA offers on everything in the store. A one stop shop for fresh and cheap produce, dairy, and meats, PA does it all.Get some great Alberta steaks at Charuterie Fairmount, along with amazing bacon and anything meat-related. The dried sausages in the window add to the atmosphere of this local butcher with friendly staff and great products.From basics to specialty cuts, Boucherie AGA has a huge selection of meats. You'll be able to find any cut you're looking for, along with an array of specialty products, such as Sarullo extra virgin olive oil imported straight from Italy.
Atwater Market: Boucherie de Tours + Boucherie A. Belanger et Fils
Boucherie de Paris
Quebec Smoked Meat
Did your favourite butcher make the list, or was it left out? Either way, tell us so in the comments below.
Boucherie Slovenia, a boulevard Saint-Laurent institution for 50 years, will soon serve its last spicy sausage.
The iconic home of enormous Eastern European-style sandwiches — Slovenian sausage and towering cold-cuts were staples — will close its doors forever on January 29, said the owners, Lourdes Rodrigues and Jean Teixeira, in a Facebook post.
"Thank you to all our loyal customers, for the wonderful years," they said.
With a menu overflowing with huge, yet affordable, meat and mustard sandwiches — sauerkraut, pickles and Cherry Cokes were also standard — Boucherie Slovenia is the latest of the Main's iconic old-school institutions to close.
The beloved Moishes steakhouse announced its closure under the strain of the pandemic in the summer of 2020.
The Boucherie Slovenia Facebook post asks readers to share their memories of the restaurant and butcher shop, with many offering childhood stories of visiting for a pepperette sandwich or their "underrated" smoked meat, which is "the best in the city," according to one commenter.
Many apparent long-time customers said they wouldn't know where to go to find dishes comparable to Boucherie Slovenia's treasured menu items.
Others remarked on how yet another classic Montreal restaurant is closing its doors. "Nothing replaces these fantastic old shops," said one person. "It's a loss. The rich character of the boulevard is disappearing."
The sixth edition of Montreal's Atwater Christmas Village is serving up seasonal cheer in the heart of the Sud-Ouest. Without a doubt one of the most festive spots in the city, the village consists of dozens of small huts in a European holiday market-style arrangement.
Visitors can browse the creations of local artisans, grab some mulled wine, churros, crêpes or waffles and even catch some free performances.
This year, the Atwater Christmas Village will host concerts, choruses, DJs and circus acts. Santa will be back in his yurt to greet families.
As in previous years, "soirées gourmandes" will take place every Friday: "La Montréal Raclette Party" on November 26, "Noël en Alsace" on December 3, "Noël au soleil" on December 10 and "Noël à la cabane" on December 17.
Jean-Talon Market will host a market covering an area twice the size of its inaugural edition in 2020. It opens on November 27.
The Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal is also making its grand return to the Quartier des Spectacles after a yearslong absence. Open since November 20, it features an Alsatian village and, of course, a huge Christmas tree at its centre.
Downtown Montreal's Christmas market, the Grand Marché de Noël, is making its long-awaited return — and it's bringing part of Alsace with it.
This holiday season, the market in the Quartier des spectacles will include a makeshift neighbourhood inspired by the French region known for its German roots and charming medieval architecture.
The centrepiece of the market will, of course, be a giant illuminated Christmas tree.
The Grand Marché de Noël will be just one of three large Christmas events in the city this year. The Atwater and Jean-Talon markets are also set to host a collection of local vendors in holiday-themed huts.
In total, according to organizing company La Lutinerie, over 100 artisans and producers will be selling their goods.
La Lutinerie promises mulled wine and churros to keep you warm and filled with holiday cheer.
It's that time of year again folks — when Mariah Carey starts blasting on every radio station and the Christmas planning commences. As you start planning your holiday to-do list, visiting one of the Montreal Christmas markets is sure to be on the top of it.
And lucky for us, two of them just released more details about what to expect this season.
The traditional Atwater Christmas Village is making its way back to the city starting November 25 with about 30 different stands to explore and a sugar shack to get some sweet treats at, plus free activities like circus acts and movie nights.
Access to this winter wonderland can be found on rue St-Ambroise, just outside the Atwater Market.
Opening two days later on November 27, Jean-Talon's Christmas Market is focusing on gourmet food this year — so make sure to show up hungry.
Plus, it'll be twice as big as last year, meaning more snacks to eat, more mulled wine to drink, and more local artisans' gifts to buy.
Starting November 20, Montrealers can pick themselves up a Christmas tree at either of these two markets, as well as at the Maisonneuve Market.
Montreal's Atwater And Jean-Talon Christmas Markets
Where: Atwater Market and Jean-Talon Market
When: Montreal Christmas Village at Atwater Market:
– November 25: 4-7 p.m.
– November 26 to December 19: Fridays from 5-10 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jean-Talon Christmas Market: November 27 to December 23, 2021
– November 27 to December 19: Fridays from 12-6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
– December 19 to 23: open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Why You Need To Go: To get your daily dose of holiday cheer this year.