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The Marché Jean-Talon

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Opened in 1933, the Marché Jean-Talon is one of North America’s largest public markets, with dozens of stands selling fresh fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses and more. For those lucky enough to live nearby, the Jean-Talon is a daily part of life. For the rest of us, it inspires fits of jealousy. Why isn’t there a market like this in my neighborhood? It’s a valid question, so somebody answer it!

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The Jean-Talon is incredible. First off, the prices aren’t just competitive with the grocery store in which we shop, they’re much better. And the produce is of far superior quality. There’s just no comparison. Furthermore, you’re getting something you’d never get (or want) in a supermarket: human interaction. You’ll chat with the guys putting broccoli in your bag; they’ll be squeeze-testing the avocados, and suggesting tomato varieties that might work best with your recipe.

And then there are the specialty shops, selling stinky cheeses and strange pates. There’s a fish shop, a crepes shop, a chocolate shop. There’s a stand selling Turkish sweets like baklava and lokum. There’s even a corner shop which exclusively sells cooking books; now that’s an inspired idea for a food market, which I’m surprised we don’t see more often.

So yes, I hate the Jean-Talon. I hated it while I was walking around, and I hate it right now. Just thinking about this market fills me with bitterness. I mean, I just returned from my neighborhood IGA, carrying two bags full of mediocre, overpriced food. If you’re one of the few lucky enough to live near the Jean-Talon, congratulations. I’m slow-clapping for you, do you hear it? Enjoy your amazing produce, jerk.

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The Marché Bonsecours

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Constructed in 1844, the Bonsecours Market borders the old port of Montreal and the Notre Dame de Bon Secours church for which it’s named. For most of its life, Marché Bonsecours was the city’s main produce market. Today, you’ll find clothing stores, restaurants and craft shops inside, as well as a textile museum.

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A regal building inspired by the Custom House in Dublin, the Marché Bonsecours looks more like a place for governing than for shopping. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that’s exactly what it was built for. Bonsecours served for one year as the seat of Canada’s legislature, and later as Montreal’s city hall. But after 1878, it became a farmer’s market and remained so for nearly a century, until being marked for demolition in the 1960s.

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Luckily, the Bonsecours Market was saved from the wrecking ball and, in 1984, it was declared a national heritage site. Today, it’s found new life as an upscale shopping hall. There are about a dozen shops inside, including fashionable clothing stores, along with those selling souvenirs like maple syrup and Eskimo statues. On the bottom floor, there’s the small Museum of Costume and Textile of Quebec.

Unless you’re in the mood to shop, or fascinated by the history of textiles, you’re probably not going to spend a lot of time inside the Marché Bonsecours. It’s such an impressive building when seen from the outside, the interior comes as something of a disappointment.

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May 5, 2016 at 2:51 pm Comments (0)
The March Jean-Talon Opened in 1933, the Marché Jean-Talon is one of North America's largest public markets, with dozens of stands selling fresh fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses and more. For those lucky enough to live nearby, the Jean-Talon is a daily part of life. For the rest of us, it inspires fits of jealousy. Why isn't there a market like this in my neighborhood? It's a valid question, so somebody answer it!
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