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Monday, 15 September 2014

The Markets Of Montreal: Exploring Jean Talon and Atwater

strawberry fields
Hello, so firstly I'd like to apologise as this post was meant to go live yesterday! Secondly, I'm excited because I've nearly finished putting a Canada vlog together, eek ( and last but not least, here is another post about my Canadian adventures and I'm so excited about this one. I'd like to apologise in  advance as this is ridiculously food heavy but the minute I arrived at this market I knew that I had to share it with you all, I think you'll appreciate the scrumptious, fresh delights on offer and probably want to book a flight over here right away...come and join me in foodie heaven...
marche jean-talon montreal

So as most of you know, I'm still exploring Montreal, there is so much to see and do here, I feel like I've only just begun. At the weekend, I decided to head over to Jean Talon Market, lots of locals recommended it...

jean talon market strawberries
A 15 minute tube from down-town Montreal and you're in fresh food heaven. 

I don't know how people choose which fruit to buy, you are over-whelmed by choice.

fruit market
jean talon fruit market
We arrived at the market feeling hungry but we left feeling too full after trying too many juicy samples...

garlic jean talon marketIf you're not into fruit, you can always enjoy a ridiculous array of vegetables.

I'm not even a big veggie lover but this market could turn anyone into a health lover because everything looks so fresh and delicious, it makes you want to cook.

fresh carrots
fresh beans

jean talon market tomatoes
jean talon market reviewHeadband: Forever 21 Jacket: Old Zara, similar here / Top: H&M / Bag: Zara, similar here / Shoes: Simmi, identical here /  Leggings: Old Miss Selfridge, identical here.

I'm going to start visiting food markets every time I travel now after seeing how good this one was, when I went to Paris, I feel like I should have visited a food market! 

I think the chilli section was probably my favourite.

 After smelling and tasting enough food, it was time to move away from the fruit and veg.

fresh sunflowers
Once you've filled your bags with fruit and veg, you can always head to the flower stalls.

Sunflowers for me. 
Naturally there's also a huge meat and fish section...

but my senses led me to the beauty section...

I'm a sucker for anything with lavender on it.. (blame lvndr

and I almost felt like I was in Lush when I smelt these soaps.

The fun doesn't stop there...

delicious ice lollies

box of macaroons
and beautiful macaroons. 

montreal macaroons To end our trip at the first market we headed to Restaurant El Rey Del Taco, apparently one of Montreal's best Mexicans?

restaurant el rey del taco

restaurant el rey del taco montreal

Whilst it doesn't look like much, I promise it tasted good.

restaurant el rey del taco montreal

bright fruity macaroons

I left market one with delicious macaroons, a sunflower and a belly full of fruit.

atwater market montreal

The following weekend we headed to Atwater on an awfully gloomy day. We were told that Atwater is much better than Jean Talon but personally I found it a lot smaller.

The flower selection was a lot better here however if you're wanting a nice bouquet it will cost you a lot of money. 


atwater market fruit


I also found scones which made me especially excited, you must know after reading this just how much I love my British scones. 

fresh strawberries

On a hot day, I'd definitely buy some strawberries and cream and sit by the river. 

montreal chocolates

montreal chocolatier

The chocolate section was by far my favourite...

atwater market pumpkins


Not forgetting the pumpkins either.

satay brothers

We were told to eat at the Satay Brothers for lunch

satay brothers montreal

satay brothers atwater

and they really didn't dissapoint. 

chocolats privilege

I headed home with some creamy chocolates, a scone which was eaten before it could even be photographed...

and some beautiful flowers.

Have you ever been to any markets like this? Do you love all the bright colours and amazing food? Would you like to visit?

Lots of love, Em x

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  1. These look so lovely! Have some serious macaroon cravings now!

  2. Those pumpkins!!!!

    1. I've never seen so many pumpkins in my life!

  3. awesome pics!
    Have a nice week dear,

  4. The blueberries and strawberries look soooo delicious - and how huge the veg is!
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography -

    1. Aw they were super super delicious!!!! And SO big! xx

  5. Ah this is where I'm from! I miss atwater market so much! Hope you enjoyed Montreal!

  6. Your photos are so pretty! I'm really hungry now after seeing those photos of macaroons, they look delicious!

    Bramble & Thorn

    1. Aw thank you so glad you like them! Oh they were super delicious! x

  7. that market looks incredible! so much colour! xx

    1. It was perfect!!! The colour really made it special! x

  8. Incredible post! Such amazing photography as well :) Head over to my blog for some other unique travelling posts! :)

  9. The fruit and veggies look so fresh and yummy. Lovely pictures as always.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK



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