Open since 1933, Atwater Market is an important part of Montreal’s culinary heritage. While the city has a number of great markets, this one is considered to be more upscale than the norm. Here you’ll be able to get a true taste of the city, as the market features artisans and purveyors selling only the freshest foods, ingredients and products. Spread across two spacious floors -- as well as outdoor stalls when the weather is warm -- you’ll need a few hours to really see (and sample!) all that’s offered.
Keep an eye out for hard-to-find and specialty items, including ethnic specialties and rare spices. If you’re looking for fresh meats, upstairs you’ll find about 10 butchers. In their onsite wine store you can peruse many local varietals, while a large array of flower shops allows you to explore the colorful side of Montreal. Some other top tasting experiences at Atwater Market include tasting stinky cheeses at Fromagerie Atwater, sweets at Chocolats Privilège and baked goods at Boulangerie Première Moisson.
While you can drive to Atwater Market and take advantage of their free parking, a more active option is to cycle the Lachine Canal cycling path, which will take you straight to your destination. The route is flat and will immerse you in Montreal’s green and water spaces, allowing for a scenic experience that’s also good for your body.
Atwater Market is open Monday to Wednesday 7am to 6pm; Thursday and Friday 7am to 8pm; and Saturday and Sunday 7am to 5pm. It is located at 138 Atwater Avenue. Free parking is available.