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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 Maisonneuve

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As we approached the Marché Maisonneuve, our excitement grew. We love visiting markets, especially when they’re set inside buildings as beautiful as this one. But within seconds of stepping inside, our enthusiasm disappeared. The market which once graced its interior is gone, and the building is now used as a community center. Today, there was an amateur arts and crafts show.

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But even if there wasn’t much to see on the inside, the Marché Maisonneuve remains a handsome building. It was built in 1912, and designed by architect Marius Dufresne, whose former home we had already toured. For years, the Marché Maisonneuve served as a public market, although it was closed in the 1960s. Today, it opens up on weekends for special events.

If you’ve come in search of fresh fruits and vegetables, you won’t have to go far. The new Marché Maisonneuve is found just meters away from the old one; basically in its parking lot. Set inside a modern hall, the new market is packed with excellent shops selling everything you might need: a bakery, a greengrocer, a fish monger, a health food store and more.

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In shopping terms, we actually preferred the Marché Maisonneuve to the Atwater Market, because it was a little more down-to-earth; the kind of place we could actually see ourselves shopping at regularly. Now, if they could just get all these shops back into the original building, it’d be perfect.

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Marché Maisonneuve – Website

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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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