A Guide to Montréal’s Seasonal Outdoor Markets

Laure Juilliard

In summer, seasonal outdoor markets 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 second year, the Old Port’s Marché des Éclusiers celebrates local artisans, farmers and producers. Whether for shopping (Thursdays and Saturdays, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.) or to enjoy a drink on the magnificent waterfront patio, great summer evenings start here.

When: As of May 1, 2017

Where: 400 De la Commune Street West

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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 bar and biergarten.

When: Weekends from June 23 to August 13, 2017

Where: 5635 Saint-Dominique Street

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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 dozens of local artisans, food trucks, and Montréal DJs are sure to please the crowds. Don’t miss it!

When: July 1 and 29, and August 26, 2017

Where: 6731 De l’Esplanade Street

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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-Courant a project led by La Pépinière will be hosting an artisans’ market and showcasing local artists this year. And a garage sale will be held there on July 9. Take it easy, have brunch, do some yoga. Or, enjoy happy hour, take in a movie under the stars, and party with friends! Whatever you choose to do, summer nights are best spent here.

When: August 13 (in case of rain, August 20)

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. A mix of culture, agriculture, freshly made food and microbrew beer, Les Jardineries offers tourists and Montréalers a taste of great, local fare. New this year: a chicken coop and an outdoor pizza oven! Plus, honeybee-friendly flowers will be blooming all summer long, thanks to the green thumbs at Prairies, an urban, eco-friendly flower grower.

When: As of June 7

Where: The Esplanade Sun Life at the Olympic Stadium

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Sweet treats and great meets

Want to know more about Montréal’s neighbourhoods? As part of the city’s 375th celebrations this summer, La Grande Tournée will include Les Grands Apéros, hosted by the city’s 19 boroughs. Take part in this giant picnic with friends and family and sample the various flavours offered by local merchants (butchers, bakers, cheesemakers, microbrewers, etc.). An event like no other, held every weekend!

When: May 12 to September 17, 2017

Where: In the city’s 19 boroughs

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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 28 to July 2, 2017

Where: On Ste. Catherine Street, between St. 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 three Montréal locations: Marché Angus, Marché Prince-Arthur and Marché Griffintown. Here you’ll find breads and pastries, fruits and vegetables, cheeses, fine herbs, spreads, maple products, jewellery, decorative items, and more!

When and where: June to October 2017 (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. This is a great opportunity to find out more about sustainable production methods, as well as the environmental and social impacts of food production.

When: Thursdays (from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and Sundays (from noon to 4 p.m.), May 18 to November 12, 2017

Where: Laurier metro station, between Berri and Rivard streets

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A very urban market

Attention all foodies: this summer, your go-to market is right in the heart of downtown. The Public Market on the PVM Esplanade will be offering a wide array of fresh, local products, while well-known chefs will be hosting culinary events and giving demonstrations. Take part in this unique experience while grooving to jazz, Latin music and pop rock.

When: Thursdays (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), from June 15 to September 14, 2017

Where: Place Ville Marie Esplanade

Happy shopping!

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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