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Jean-Talon Market

at the Marché Jean-Talon in Montréal
Montréal's Marché Jean-Talon has been around since the 1930s—it's one of the largest and oldest farmers' markets still operating in North America. In the city's "Petite Italie" neighborhood, it's the best place on the island to get fresh produce and people-watch. Brush up on your French, and get ready to smile and taste your way through the colorful corridors. On my wife's first trip to Montréal, this was one of her favorite spots.

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Fruits d'été: Summer Market Color, Up North
Of North America's largest remaining farmers' markets, Montréal's Marché Jean-Talon is one of my wife's favorite spots. The freshness of the produce, the pleasant twang of the vendors' Québecois accents, the abundance of color, taste, and texture...

And since the market is in the "Petite Italie" neighborhood, after smiling and sampling your way through the offerings, you can refuel with a cappuccino in a nearby café, eavesdropping on local conversations—if you speak Italian. But first, brush up on a few French phrases. English is also spoken, but the local lingo is always appreciated.

A brief language lesson on the berries above:

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To get there by subway, both the Jean-Talon and De Castelnau métro stations are nearby.
Fruits d'été: Summer Market Color, Up North Montreal  Canada

Come Get a Taste: Venez y Goûter
Summer at the Jean Talon Market in Montréal—come and get a taste of what's fresh, what's in season, and what's colorful. Located in the city's "Petite Italie" neighborhood, this farmer's market is one of North America's largest, which makes sense, since Montréal is one of North America's best cities for gourmets and gourmands.

To get there by subway, both the Jean-Talon and De Castelnau métro stations are nearby.
Come Get a Taste: Venez y Goûter Montreal  Canada

Searching for spuds in Montréal: "frite alors!"
Tintin, the ever-young Belgian reporter, sitting on a spud reading with horror the headline: 'French Fry Recipe Stolen!' No worries, though--great fries can be found all over Canada's second largest city; "Frites Alors" is a Montréal chain that serves eclectic burgers and Belgian-style frites along with très québecois "poutine"...with local brews and Belgian beer, bien sûr...

In addition to the sit-down restaurants throughout the city, you can check out their stand inside the Marché Jean-Talon, (where I took this picture)--one of North America's largest outdoor farmer's markets, located in Montréal's Little Italy. Grab a paper-cone filled with these crispy morsels of golden perfection and wander the seemingly endless aisles offering Québec's fresh bounty...
Searching for spuds in Montréal: "frite alors!" Montreal  Canada

La Fournee des Sucreries de L'erable a.k.a. Maple sugar pie!
I love markets. They just bring such joy to the day. I like finding little shops --those mom and pop finds--that you wouldn't find anywhere else but the market. La Fournee is definitely one of those places in Montreal's beloved Jean Talon Market.

My insider food guide told me this is THE place to get maple sugar pie and even after a day at the sugar shack, it did not disappoint!

You can get a itty bitty mini pie so you're not in too much of a sugar coma. It's just the right pick-me-up for an afternoon or a lovely hostess gift for a dinner. Bon Appetit!

La Fournee des Sucreries de L'erable a.k.a. Maple sugar pie!  Montreal  Canada

Pack Your Picnic Basket
Tucked away in Montreal's Little Italy, the Jean-Talon Market is served by more than 300 vendors during the busy summer season.

Jean-Talon vendors offer everything from bread, cheese, wine, truffles, meat, fish and baked goods. It's a great place to stock up on picnic supplies before heading off for an afternoon on Mount Royal.

Pack Your Picnic Basket Montreal  Canada

Jean-Talon Market
Montréal has a number of European-style markets with a broad selection of food vendors under one roof, and the Jean-Talon Market (Marché Jean-Talon) in Little Italy is the city's largest and liveliest. If you are looking for any maple-related souvenirs, you'll find not just syrup but maple toffee, taffy, creams, dressings and more. You'll soon discover, however, that there is much more to Canadian, and specifically Québecois, foods than maple products, with an array of ice wines, cheeses and preserves for sale. Even if you aren't shopping for gifts, with its several restaurants, the market is a good place to stop for a meal.
Jean-Talon Market Montreal  Canada

The Magical Jean-Talon Market
Tucked away in a part of the city that can only be described as the “Brooklyn” of Montreal, the Jean-Talon market is exceptional for its flower and plant selections that make you feel as if you’re entering a magical garden. Many of the fruit and vegetable stands offer samples of their produce, so don’t hesitate to try before you purchase (and try, and try, and try…) Snack on delectable crêpes from Crêperie du Marché as you wander through les fleurs, and pick up a bottle of speciality Canadian wine from Vignoble de la rivière du Chêne. Oh, and don’t worry about your abysmal French skills because most everyone speaks English–but don’t forget to say merci for the food and wine!
The Magical Jean-Talon Market Montreal  Canada

A Taste of Quebec at Jean-Talon Market
Jean-Talon Market lies in Montreal’s Little Italy, but it wouldn’t be easy to pinpoint given the market’s cultural variety.

Losing yourself among the up to 300 vendors sounds like a tasty afternoon, but there are a few Quebec specialties the adventurous eater shouldn’t miss. I tried mushrooms and blueberries foraged on farms outside Montreal. We snacked on raw Salicornia, a salty succulent that grows in marshy areas. Finally, we tasted the creamy, complex contentment of stinky unpasteurized cheese — so good it’s illegal in the rest of North America.
A Taste of Quebec at Jean-Talon Market Montreal  Canada

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