A guide to Montréal’s seasonal outdoor markets and spaces
This article was updated on July 10, 2019.
In summer, seasonal outdoor markets and spaces seem to pop up throughout the city. Artisans, producers and farmers offer local fresh produce and handmade creations to Montréal natives and visitors alike. It’s the perfect time to fill up your shopping basket, or your suitcase, with great finds.
Great finds along the riverside
Life is good on the shores of the St. Lawrence River! In its fourth year, the Old Port’s Marché des Éclusiers celebrates local artisans, farmers and producers. Go there for grocery shopping (Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or simply to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat on the magnificent waterfront patio. Mark it in your calendar not only for the balmy summer evenings but fun events like the taco competition (June 9 and August 10) and the barbecues: Israeli (June 9), Korean (June 29) and Texan (August 24).
When: Opening of the restaurant/bar zone on May 9, 2019, while the farmer’s market kicks off June 1 and lasts until the beginning of October 2019
Where: 400 De la Commune Street West
What to put in your wicker basket
Each week be sure to stock up on healthy, seasonal, local, and fresh food products.
L’Autre Marché, which brings producers and consumers closer together, has four Montréal locations: Angus Market, Prince-Arthur Market, Marché du Vieux and Cité-Rive and Marronniers Markets. Go to pick up breads and pastries, fruits and vegetables, meat, cheeses, fine herbs, spreads, maple products, jewelry, decorative items, and more. It also features events for kids as well as culinary and horticultural workshops.
When and where: from May to October 2019 (click on each market for more information on days open, hours of operation, and locations)
Connecting farmers and city-dwellers
Eat local, healthy and seasonal foods! The Farmer’s Market, a project led by the non-profit organization House of Friendship, offers seasonal, local food products sold directly by producers. Fill your basket with cheese, meat, vegetables, bread, pastries, flowers, honey and maple syrup around the Laurier metro station. This is also an excellent opportunity to find out more about sustainable production as well as the environmental and social impact of these initiatives. New this year: a second market will be set up on Prince-Arthur Street, between Coloniale and Saint-Dominique Streets, based on the same local approach (Fridays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., June 28 to September 27, 2019).
When: Thursdays (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and Sundays (noon to 4 p.m.), from May 16 to November 10, 2019
Where: Laurier metro station, at Place du Côteau-Saint-Louis, between Berri and Rivard Streets
450 square meters of fun and good times
In the Mile End, “summer’s best terrasse” is back for a third consecutive edition. With a summer program populated by festive evenings, outdoor activities, lunch and learn sessions and conferences, Aire Commune is the perfect spot to mingle with the beautiful people, sip a drink and bask under the sun. Hot on the heels of its latest successes, the team will be introducing two new spaces using its winning formula: Nouvelle Vague in the Old Port and Green Haüs in the District Central. Yours to discover soon!
When: Opening on May 16, 2019, through to September 2019
Where: 5705 De Gaspé Street
Take a break downtown
With hip urban furniture, a public piano and food trucks at noon, the Urban Forest is a twinkling sanctuary amidst the downtown skyscrapers. Stop by to enjoy the free activities, morning yoga, concerts and surprise events featuring First Nations arts and culture.
When: May 21 to October 13, 2019
Where: Victoria Street, which becomes pedestrian-only for the occasion, alongside the McCord Museum
The place to be
With its industrial decor, Alexandraplatz is a seasonal summer bar that epitomizes Mile-Ex. It hosts the Platz Market, a festive nighttime market where 30 or so local artisan stands, food trucks, and Montréal DJs draw big crowds. Don’t miss it!
When: May 25 to August 24, 2019
Where: 6731 De l’Esplanade Street
Greenspace in the heart of the city
The Jardins Gamelin are back for a fifth season with cultural and community activities. A snack bar, the fun “Maison jaune” where kids can have fun with the house’s activity leaders while their parents chill, a vegetable garden, extended 5 à 7s (happy hours) and entertainment for the whole family each weekend, with something to satisfy every taste and age.
When: May 30 to September 29, 2019
Where: Corner of Sainte-Catherine Street and Berri Street
On the seaside
Imagine an industrial space transformed into a beach, on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, facing the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and La Ronde. That’s the Village au Pied-du-Courant, a project led by La Pépinière. It will be hosting an artistic programming that perfectly reflects the local creativity and community engagement for a sixth year. A basketball court, a space for community projects, murals, R&R, happy hours and fun-filled evenings are yours to enjoy summer-long.
When: May 31 to September 15, 2019
Where: 2100 Notre-Dame Street East
The Camillien-Houde Belvedere on the west side of Mount Royal is crowned with Café suspendu and its amazing patio. Fun and festive events await you here on Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Grab a glass at the on-site refreshment bar and enjoy the lively atmosphere as you gaze out at the sunset melting behind the city. Of course, the view and facilities can be enjoyed at any time!
When: June to October 2019
Where: Camillien-Houde Belvedere
An urban oasis
An initiative of SDC Destination Centre-ville and Îlot 84 (the organization behind Aire Commune), Le Petit Montréal is a fresh and inspiring summer pop-up space. Located in Phillips Square, it transforms the Sainte-Catherine Street construction site into a
welcoming spot that’s 100% Montréal. Stop by to enjoy the picnic tables, decorative lighting, designer furniture, shady relaxation areas, food tasting stalls, groovy music and virtual reality games. It’s a great place to cool your heels after a busy day of shopping or a long day at the office.
When: June 20 to August 31, 2019
Where: Phillips Square
La dolce vita in Mile End
Summer returns to this neighbourhood, a fave of artists and entrepreneurs! The Marché des Possibles, a public, open-air space, celebrates its sixth anniversary this year. On the menu: free and fun social and cultural events, bands and DJs to rock out your evenings, movie nights and open-air happenings as well as a market offering farm-fresh products and creations by local artists and artisans. Foodies will love the food trucks and pop-up restaurants, or you can quench your thirst with a pint at the biergarten. This year, the Japanese cultural festival returns (June 14 to 16), plus there will be a Korean street food festival (July 26 to 28) and lots of other fun in store.
When: from June 21 to July 28, 2019
Where: 5635 Saint-Dominique Street, at the corner of Casgrain Street and Bernard Avenue
Open-air art fair
As part of Aires Libres, an artists’ gathering in the heart of the Village, the Mtl en Arts market will feature various local artists, performances, live painting, art installations, videos and music.
When: June 26 to July 1, 2019
Where: On Sainte-Catherine Street, between Saint-Hubert Street and Papineau Avenue
Enjoy market-fresh products
Near the Lachine Canal and Atwater Market, Place du Marché features picnic tables and public barbecues from Thursday through Sunday. There’s even a sandbox to keep your little ones busy and a refreshment bar to keep the rest of us happy with iced coffee, juice and boozy beverages. So kick back in this spacious public square and recharge your batteries while enjoying views of the canal.
When: July 4 to late October 2019
Where: Intersection of Saint-Ambroise Street and Atwater Avenue
Like your own backyard
At the base of the Montréal Tower, you’ll find another great hit from La Pépinière. Les Jardineries is a magnificent biergarten that’s open seven days a week and boasts a bar, cafeteria, outdoor pizza oven (the only one in town!) and a host of free games (pétanque, ping pong, mini golf, etc.). With something for everyone, it’s an ideal spot for impromptu get-togethers. As an added bonus, urban farming rules in this verdant paradise, which features a greenhouse, vegetable garden, chicken coop and meadow.
When: July 11 to October 2019
Where: The Esplanade of the Olympic Park, 4115 Pierre-de-Coubertin Avenue
Next-generation metro cars
Construction of the MR-63 Complex starts on July 19, when Phase 1 officially gets underway! For the occasion, two old-school MR-63 metro cars from the city subway system will be transformed into a café and bar serving a large outdoor patio. To keep you entertained, this new public square in the Innovation District will offer films, markets, concerts, games, design workshops, food demos, special exhibits and more! Once complete in late 2021, the MR-63 Complex will consist of eight metro cars stacked three storeys high!
When: July 19 to September 15, 2019
Where: Corner of Peel and Ottawa Streets
Laure Juilliard, blogger
Laure is a writer, community manager and the founder of the blog Une Parisienne à Montréal. She’s also an epicurean globetrotter who’s always on the hunt for innovative concepts and must-try restaurants. In 2016, she co-founded Slow Journeys, a webzine that focuses on ecotourism and design.