Montreal Atwater Market

This past weekend the Red Apron team embarked on a trip to Montreal.  Our primary reason for the visit was to eat at ‘Au Pied de Cochon’, but that’s another blog post!  A group of us drove down on Saturday morning to spend a few hours shopping at the Atwater Market.

Flower Shop at Atwater

The Atwater Market opened in 1933.  The interior of the market is permanent home to many butchers and a bakery.  The outside market has farmer stalls where they sell both local and imported produce.  There are two cheese stores and a wine store that specializes in locally produced spirits.  You can also buy fish, flowers and seasonal items like Christmas trees in November & December

The Art Deco building is located on Atwater Street near the Lachine Canal and the Lionel-Groulx Metro Station.  It’s central location makes it popular with cyclists.  The market is easily accessed from Old Montreal by bike, metro, car or taxi.

Atwater is really the place to go if you want to buy meat.  There are many fine butchers on site, each with their own specialty.  If you are looking for sausage, you can choose from hundreds of flavours.  If you need charcuterie, there are a number of places that make this their specialty.  If you are looking for Boudin Blanc or Boudin Noir, it’s there too!

My favourite charcuterie stall is run by a group of women (they claim they have male employees too, but I have never seen one).  Their terrines are rustic and flavourful, their presentation is lovely.  They offer a number of items dressed & oven ready, including rabbit.  They make a selection of their own sausages, and will sell you a package of assorted flavours.  They confit their own duck legs and much, much more!  While we were there the proprietress was rolling pastry and making samosas, which we got to sample hot out of the oven.  They were divine!

We stopped by one of the fromageries and sampled cheeses.  Most of the shops are willing to give you a taste of any cheese you would like to try before you buy.  We were able to pick up a number of unique Quebec cheeses from our samplings to bring home.

Since we are at the peak of our growing season, fresh local produce was in abundance.  Local strawberries, Ontario peaches, wild blueberries and every kind of vegetable you could imagine, was on display and at it’s peak.  It was hard not to buy too much!

But one of the highlights of our trip was the warm, fresh from the oven, garlic bread stick from the Bakery.  I think this picture speaks for itself!