Discover Canada’s best eats, unique souvenirs and one-of-a-kind fashion pieces at the nation’s most popular markets. Inside these bustling hubs you can find epicurean delicacies and priceless treasures, which is why Canada’s markets always make it on the top list of things to do. From the freshest local produce and gourmet cooking ingredients to collectible antiques and gorgeous jewellery, here are the best markets in Canada.
Be tempted by the gastronomic delights on display at the Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver. An assortment of vendors showcase British Columbia’s finest foods, from the farm fresh produce to artisan baked goods. Handcrafted chocolates, plump berries, gourmet preserves and sumptuous seafood are all at your fingertips. Feast on salmon burgers or homemade lasagne, sip a handmade chai tea or sample a decadent dessert - it’s impossible to leave hungry. After you have satisfied your cravings, wander around the markets and discover the array of fantastic stores. You will find quality jewellery, fine art, fashion, children’s toys, stationary and more. It’s the perfect spot to pick up your souvenirs.
One of Montreal’s oldest farmer’s markets, the Jean-Talon Market is situated in the heart of Little Italy. Famous for the incredible diversity of locally grown fruit and vegetables, the market offers beautiful seasonal produce unlike anything you have ever seen. Purchase a bunch of blooms, sample speciality cheeses or munch on maple-flavoured goodies. Be sure to make a stop at Premiere Moisson, a popular bakery specialising in French cakes, breads and pastries. Browse their huge glass cabinets filled with fruit tarts, almond croissants, marshmallow meringues and mouth-watering macarons. For lunch you could feast on handmade tacos, spicy sausage sandwiches or calamari, but just be sure to save room for an ice cream or frozen yogurt from Harvres-Aux-Glaces.
The historic St Lawrence Market is comprised of three main buildings – The South Market, North Market and St Lawrence Hall. Discover Toronto’s vibrant food community, as you explore over 120 vendors in the South Hall offering a bounty of fresh produce. Follow the sweet aroma to the bakery stalls and sample bagels, pretzels, croissants or cinnamon buns. Visit an organic roaster for a boutique coffee, make friends with the cheesemongers, purchase homemade jams and jellies or sit down for a meal of crispy fish and chips. In addition to gourmet goods, you can also find jewellery, clothing and accessories on sale. On Sundays, there is also a special Antiques Market with books, vintage jewellery and rare finds for the bargain hunter.
Located on the ground floor of the iconic Hudson Building, the Victoria Public Market expands 18,000 square feet in what could be called a foodie’s paradise. Expect to find farmers, butchers, bakers, brewers, florists and restaurateurs in the mix of local vendors. Come hungry because there will be a host of eats including sweet and savoury flaky pies, hand carved roasts, fresh seafood pastas, tantalising Indian curries and crunchy French baguettes. The variety here is extraordinary and you can rest assured every set of tastebuds will be satisfied. Budding chefs could also choose to join a cooking class or check the local calendar for festivals and events.
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