A Guide to Montréal’s Seasonal Outdoor Markets and Spaces

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.

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Glamourous riverside bargain-hunting

Life is good on the shores of the St. Lawrence! In its third year, the Old Port’s Marché des Éclusiers celebrates local artisans, farmers and producers. Whether for shopping (Thursdays and Saturdays) or to enjoy a drink on the magnificent waterfront patio, great summer evenings start here.

When: opens in May 2018; the farmers' market starts on June 1

Where: 400 De la Commune Street West

La dolce vita in Mile End

Summer is back in this artistic neighbourhood! The Marché des Possibles, a public, open-air space, features free and fun social and cultural events, as well as a market offering farm-fresh products and creations by local artists and artisans. Foodies will appreciate the food trucks and pop-up restaurants. And, to quench your thirst, there is also a biergarten. What's new this year: a minigolf, special evenings from 5 to 11 pm (on Fridays), vegetable vendors (on Saturdays) and other surprises.

When: from June 22 to July 29, 2018

Where: 5635 Saint-Dominique Street

The place to be

With its industrial decor, Alexandraplatz is a seasonal, summer bar that epitomizes Mile-Ex. It hosts the Marché de Nuit, a festive nighttime market where twenty local artisan stands, food trucks, and Montréal DJs are sure to please the crowds. Don’t miss it!

When: May 26, June 30, July 28 and August 25, 2018

Where: 6731 De l’Esplanade Street

On the seaside

Imagine: an industrial space transformed into a beach, on the shores of the St. Lawrence, facing the Jacques Cartier Bridge and La Ronde. The Village au Pied-du-Couranta project led by La Pépinière, will be hosting an artistic programming reflecting perfectly local creativity and mutual help this year. Idleness, beach library, astronomy station, hammocks, citrus forest, happy hour, cinema under the stars and boisterous evenings will take place all through the summer.

When: June 1 to September 15, 2018

Where: 2100 Notre-Dame Street East

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Like being in your own backyard

At the base of the Olympic Stadium’s tower, you’ll find another great activity courtesy of La Pépinière. Les Jardineries is a magnificent biergarten that groups together a bar, a cafeteria, an exterior pizza oven, workshops and activities. It's an ideal spot for spontaneous gatherings. Urban agriculture in all its forms is queen, with a greenhouse, a vegetable garden, a chicken coop and a meadow. A true green paradise.

When: from June 8 to October 12, 2018

Where: The Esplanade Sun Life at the Olympic Stadium, 4115 Pierre de Coubertin 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 27 to July 1, 2018

Where: On Sainte-Catherine Street, between Saint-Hubert Street and Papineau Avenue

 

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Stocking up

Every week, stock up on healthy, seasonal, local, and fresh food products.

L’Autre Marché boasts four Montréal locations: Marché Angus, Marché Prince-Arthur, Marché du Vieux and Marché Cité-Rive. Here you’ll find breads and pastries, fruits and vegetables, meat, cheeses, fine herbs, spreads, maple products, jewellery, decorative items, and more!

When and where: May to October 2018 (click on each market for more information on days open, hours of operation, and locations)

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Bringing farmers and city-dwellers closer

Eat local, healthy, and seasonal foods! The Farmers’ Market, a project led by the non-profit organization House of Friendship, offers seasonal, local food products sold directly by the producers. Cheese, meat, vegetables, bread, pastries, flowers, honey and maple syrup can be found around Laurier metro station. This is a great opportunity to find out more about sustainable production methods, as well as the environmental and social impacts of this type of initiative.

When: Thursdays (from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and Sundays (from noon to 4 p.m.), from May 17 to November 11, 2018

Where: Laurier metro station, at Place du Côteau-Saint-Louis, between Berri and Rivard streets

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Sample market products

Near the Lachine Canal and the Atwater Market, La Place du Marché features picnic tables, self-serve barbecues and a relaxed ambiance with music, Thursday and Saturday nights. It’s the perfect outdoor patio with buvette (refreshment bar) where you can sample market-fresh products and kick back. There’s even a sandbox for kids to play in. Retro markets will also be organized throughout the summer season.

When: June 23 to September 4

Where: Saint-Ambroise Street at the intersection of Atwater Avenue

450 m2 of meet-ups and fun times

In the Mile End, “summer’s best terrasse” is officially open. With a summer program populated by festive evenings, outdoor activities and conferences, Aire Commune is the perfect spot to mingle with the beautiful people and sip a drink under the sun.  

When: May to September 2018

Where: 5705 De Gaspé Street

Remodeled metro cars

Along the Lachine Canal, the Station F-MR is a brand-new outdoor space made of four MR-63 metro cars. Inside, an art gallery, a design store (occupied by Boutique Phi from May 16 to June 16) and a snack bar. There’s also a dance floor where you can shake it and a lounge space where you can relax. This summer, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, concerts, performances and a market showcasing local products are all on the program. Special note: this is a sneak peek at the permanent MR-63 project, a hybrid and multidisciplinary construction that will be built from old metro cars whose goal is to promote Montréal talent. Mark your calendars for 2020!

When: May to September 2018

Where: Place des Bassins, Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Greenspace in the heart of the city

The Jardins Gamelin are back for a fourth season with cultural and community activities. A snack bar, vegetable garden, extended 5 à 7s (happy hours) and outdoor meditation (Tuesday mornings), retro brunch (Saturdays) and entertainment for the whole family each weekend, with something to satisfy every taste and age. It all happens under the Janet Echelman sculpture entitled 1.26, which will be illuminated every evening until September 30.

When: May 17 to September 30, 2018

Where: Corner of Sainte-Catherine Street and Berri Street

Take a break downtown

With its urban furniture, public piano and food trucks at noon, the Urban Forest offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Free activities, morning yoga, concerts and other surprises on the program.

When: May 20 to September 30, 2018

Where: Victoria Street, which becomes pedestrian-only for the occasion, alongside the McCord Museum

Laure Juilliard

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.

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