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Where to Eat at the Jean-Talon Market

Because there’s lots beyond the free produce samples

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Once summer hits in Montreal, the local markets surge with an abundance of local fruits and vegetables, and Jean-Talon is the biggest of them all. Here you’ll find some of the freshest (and most varied) produce available in the city and a vast selection of high quality meats and cheeses, but the market is far more than a stop on the way home to grab dinner ingredients.

From drinks and snacks to full meals, here are the best vendors, cafes, and restaurants to sustain you during your market visits. While this list is limited to places that offer fully prepared, ready-to-eat bites (and beverages), picnic goers and charcuterie board assemblers can’t go wrong with a visit to Les Cochons tout Ronds or Fromagerie Hamel.

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Pâtisserie Saint Martin

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This local chain of bakeries (with two other locations in Laval and Mascouche) offers both sweet treats and breakfast and lunch staples, like filled croissants and hearty sandwiches and paninis served on their (mostly Italian) breads. If you do go the savoury route, be sure to save room for a zeppole or cannoli (or both).

La Boite Aux Huîtres

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No respectable food market is complete without a decent seafood counter, and oyster vendor La Boite Aux Huîtres more than satisfies that requirement, offering a wide variety of oysters from both coasts of Canada, as well as Europe and the United States. Pull up a seat and have your oysters shucked in front of you or boxed up to bring home.

Les Sucreries De l'Erable

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What’s a visit to a Montreal market without a bit of maple? Les Sucreries De L’Érable (an outpost of a Dunham-based enterprise) sells a range of delicious quiches, pies and tarts with a wholesome, homemade quality. The showpiece of the traditional Quebecois shop is, naturally, the maple sugar pie. For those without a sweet tooth, the quiches are equally appetizing.

El Rey Del Taco

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One of Montreal’s most beloved Mexican joints, El Rey Del Taco (which backs onto the market) has been a market mainstay for more than a decade. Although the tacos get top billing, the restaurant offers a massive menu of comforting Mexican fare, including enchiladas, quesadillas, sandwiches, soups, tamales, sopes and — of course — an impressive list of sauces ranging from mild to super spicy.

Charcuterie Balkani Montreal

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One of several butcheries to call Jean Talon home, Balkani has been giving market visitors something to snack on for over 15 years. Beyond their selection of cold cuts and take-home sausages, the European-style butcher shop also offers grilled sausage sandwiche to go.

Bouffe-moi !

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Most of the items on Bouffe-Moi’s small, playful vegetarian menu are served on a stick — including the mozzarella sticks (served with homemade marinara sauce) and the deep-fried poutine — which makes them perfect for satisfying your cravings without interrupting your market wandering. The brainchild of two sisters (both newcomers to the Montreal food scene), Bouffe-Moi uses ingredients sourced from the surrounding market, making for a hyper-local snacking experience.

Crêperie du Marché

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Since 2005 Crêperie du Marché has been bringing Breton crêpes to the people at Jean-Talon. Sweet and savoury are both covered, from crepes filled with apples and maple butter, to smoked salmon, spinach, and goat cheese. Vegan and vegetarian options are available, too.

Havre aux Glaces

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A great place to scream for ice cream, especially when the season for the dessert is as limited as it is. Ice cream flavours include pistachio and dulce de leche, and sorbets like nectarine and masala chai make it hard to stop at only one scoop.

Robin Des Bois

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An outpost of the Mile End comfort food spot (and non-profit organization) of the same name, Robin des Bois’ new Jean Talon stand offers an array of picnic-friendly salads and snacks (in addition to a selection of heat-at-home proteins).

Les Filles Fattoush

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If the purpose of your market visit is to stock up on picnic supplies before heading to nearby Jarry Park, look no further than the new stall by Montreal’s Filles Fattoush, a catering company staffed entirely by Syrian women who entered Canada as refugees. Look for mezze favourites like hummus, baba ghanouj, mtabal, and mouhamara; cumin and aleppo pepper-covered pita chips and a range of beverages, plus Syrian spices and other pantry staples.

Mazorca MTL

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Taco spot Mazorca has upped its curb appeal with the introduction of a new terrasse space, where — in addition to its tasty, colourful tacos, like the chicken with grilled lime and tequila — guests can now also enjoy fresh, fruity cocktails or one of Mazorca’s own signature IPAs. Good news for thirsty market goers on the move: Mazorca’s cocktails are available in cans to take away.

Café Saint-Henri

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For early morning market-goers, coffee is a no-brainer, if not a necessity. Saint-Henri makes a mean latte, and their Montreal-roasted bean blends are sold there, too. Their Godshot Espresso is a good choice for those who prefer their coffee on the more chocolatey side of life.

Casa di Toto

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Just a few months after opening on marketing-facing Place du Marché-du-Nord, traditional Italian restaurant La Casa di Toto has already made a name for itself with fans of pizzas, paninis, and desserts, like crunchy cannolis and zeppole piped with ricotta cream.

Joe la Croûte

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This local fave, which faces the market, does spot-on breads and viennoiseries that make for great additions to any picnic (though you’ll definitely want to stock up for home while you’re there). The perfectly crispy-yet-chewy bread instantly improves any sandwich.

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Pâtisserie Saint Martin

This local chain of bakeries (with two other locations in Laval and Mascouche) offers both sweet treats and breakfast and lunch staples, like filled croissants and hearty sandwiches and paninis served on their (mostly Italian) breads. If you do go the savoury route, be sure to save room for a zeppole or cannoli (or both).

La Boite Aux Huîtres

No respectable food market is complete without a decent seafood counter, and oyster vendor La Boite Aux Huîtres more than satisfies that requirement, offering a wide variety of oysters from both coasts of Canada, as well as Europe and the United States. Pull up a seat and have your oysters shucked in front of you or boxed up to bring home.

Les Sucreries De l'Erable

What’s a visit to a Montreal market without a bit of maple? Les Sucreries De L’Érable (an outpost of a Dunham-based enterprise) sells a range of delicious quiches, pies and tarts with a wholesome, homemade quality. The showpiece of the traditional Quebecois shop is, naturally, the maple sugar pie. For those without a sweet tooth, the quiches are equally appetizing.

El Rey Del Taco

One of Montreal’s most beloved Mexican joints, El Rey Del Taco (which backs onto the market) has been a market mainstay for more than a decade. Although the tacos get top billing, the restaurant offers a massive menu of comforting Mexican fare, including enchiladas, quesadillas, sandwiches, soups, tamales, sopes and — of course — an impressive list of sauces ranging from mild to super spicy.

Charcuterie Balkani Montreal

One of several butcheries to call Jean Talon home, Balkani has been giving market visitors something to snack on for over 15 years. Beyond their selection of cold cuts and take-home sausages, the European-style butcher shop also offers grilled sausage sandwiche to go.

Bouffe-moi !

Most of the items on Bouffe-Moi’s small, playful vegetarian menu are served on a stick — including the mozzarella sticks (served with homemade marinara sauce) and the deep-fried poutine — which makes them perfect for satisfying your cravings without interrupting your market wandering. The brainchild of two sisters (both newcomers to the Montreal food scene), Bouffe-Moi uses ingredients sourced from the surrounding market, making for a hyper-local snacking experience.

Crêperie du Marché

Since 2005 Crêperie du Marché has been bringing Breton crêpes to the people at Jean-Talon. Sweet and savoury are both covered, from crepes filled with apples and maple butter, to smoked salmon, spinach, and goat cheese. Vegan and vegetarian options are available, too.

Havre aux Glaces

A great place to scream for ice cream, especially when the season for the dessert is as limited as it is. Ice cream flavours include pistachio and dulce de leche, and sorbets like nectarine and masala chai make it hard to stop at only one scoop.

Robin Des Bois

An outpost of the Mile End comfort food spot (and non-profit organization) of the same name, Robin des Bois’ new Jean Talon stand offers an array of picnic-friendly salads and snacks (in addition to a selection of heat-at-home proteins).

Les Filles Fattoush

If the purpose of your market visit is to stock up on picnic supplies before heading to nearby Jarry Park, look no further than the new stall by Montreal’s Filles Fattoush, a catering company staffed entirely by Syrian women who entered Canada as refugees. Look for mezze favourites like hummus, baba ghanouj, mtabal, and mouhamara; cumin and aleppo pepper-covered pita chips and a range of beverages, plus Syrian spices and other pantry staples.

Mazorca MTL

Taco spot Mazorca has upped its curb appeal with the introduction of a new terrasse space, where — in addition to its tasty, colourful tacos, like the chicken with grilled lime and tequila — guests can now also enjoy fresh, fruity cocktails or one of Mazorca’s own signature IPAs. Good news for thirsty market goers on the move: Mazorca’s cocktails are available in cans to take away.

Café Saint-Henri

For early morning market-goers, coffee is a no-brainer, if not a necessity. Saint-Henri makes a mean latte, and their Montreal-roasted bean blends are sold there, too. Their Godshot Espresso is a good choice for those who prefer their coffee on the more chocolatey side of life.

Casa di Toto

Just a few months after opening on marketing-facing Place du Marché-du-Nord, traditional Italian restaurant La Casa di Toto has already made a name for itself with fans of pizzas, paninis, and desserts, like crunchy cannolis and zeppole piped with ricotta cream.

Joe la Croûte

This local fave, which faces the market, does spot-on breads and viennoiseries that make for great additions to any picnic (though you’ll definitely want to stock up for home while you’re there). The perfectly crispy-yet-chewy bread instantly improves any sandwich.

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