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Montreal’s Atwater Market

My short time in Montreal meant I had to pick and choose what to see and where to go. Our hotel was in the city’s old section (Vieux Montreal) and I could have easily stayed there the entire visit. We did do just that save for a trek (literally) to the top of Mont Royal and the Marché Atwater (Atwater Market). When you’re in a city that is considered a North American version of France, one complete with French delicacies and sweets and signage in French with words like ici that appear so tantalizingly romantic, you’ll see that this is no ordinary farmer’s market.

The Atwater Market is located in the Saint-Henri area of Montreal and opened in 1933. Although some of the building was under construction when I was there, it features an Art Deco design which even through scaffolding I could see was quite striking. It’s on Atwater Street near the Lachine Canal. There’s actually a bike (and pedestrian) path that travels from the Old Port of Montreal to the Lachine Marina and is owned and maintained by Parks Canada. Had I had more time I would have considered walking but as time was at a premium we took the metro.

Tip for visiting: The orange line of the metro goes to the market. Get off at the Lionel-Groulx stop. It’s less than a five minute walk to the market. 

I had a great time at the marché. Since I traveled to Montreal via plane I was limited by what I was able to purchase at the market (sadly no cheeses made the trip back) but we did purchase some cookies and chocolates from an incredible chocolatier. We also had a typically French breakfast at probably the best bakery/restaurant I have ever been to, Premiere Moison Boulangerie. Un chocolatine (chocolate croissant), un croissant, une danoise framboise (strawberry danish), and pour moi, un chocolat chaud (hot chocolate).

Where a farmer’s market is concerned, photos are generally what people want to see so voila. 

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    Jo Ann M.
    July 23, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I love French culture! I must visit Montreal and the Marché Atwater. Do you speak French? I took it in college, but haven’t practiced it in a long time. Montreal would be a good place to do it.

    Again gorgeous photos! Those are the most beautiful strawberries I have ever seen and to die for chocolates!

    French food is a work of art!

    A very tasty post! 🙂

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    the red headed traveler
    July 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    It was truly a lovely place to visit, just a shame I couldn’t purchase any of the delicious looking goodies due to customs 🙁

    I speak Spanish almost fluent but my French skills is mostly limited to basic conversation. Yes, anywhere in the Quebec province would be perfect!

    I thought the same exact thing about the strawberries when I saw them. We certainly have them there but they just looked so lush! And yes, I had to restrain myself in the chocolate shop. So many goodies.

    It’s a goal of mine to visit more places like this on my travels and this was a fine place to start!

    P.S. I think Cleveland even has a direct flight to Montreal! I had to connect 🙁

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    janin Dancause
    August 8, 2013 at 11:25 am

    You should have visit Jean-Talon Market is more authentic than Atwater

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    the red headed traveler
    August 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion, will definitely plan to visit there on my next trip to Montreal!

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