Friday, June 21, 2013

Marche Jean-Talon: A Splash of Colour!

When we were at the Jean-Talon market (supposedly the most famous one in Montreal), a random thought crept into my mind: Our very own Tiong Bahru market is frequently hosting visitors, both local and foreign, and while we often smile at them, we could hardly understand the draw of a market. I mean, it's just a market, right? And there we were. At a market. And a gorgeous one at that :)

You can get almost anything from this market, from cheese to organic meats, ice cream to potted herbs, from flowers to maple syrup, freshly made pastas (I wish I had bought some!) to salamis, fruit and vegs to pies and tarts.

If we moved to Montreal, we'd totally do all our marketing here!

Don't you just love the explosion of colour!

Prices for fresh produce were mostly cheap (cheaper than supermarkets), but prices of food were high

To me, this shop totally sold exotic meats. They had rabbit, goose, duck, horse, moose, and the usual beef, lamb, chicken

We spent about 3 hours there, including lunch, and mostly just walked around leisurely, looking, smelling, sampling, ooh-ing and ahh-ing. It's a wonderful place to chill and experience life like the locals. We were there in the early afternoon on a weekday and it was not crowded at all. I mean, it wasn't a dead town, cos that'd be scary, but we didn't have to jostle at all, so that was nice.

It wasn't an exceptionally hot day (we all had thin jackets) but who can say no to maple crunch ice cream?

Calla the garlic thief - she kept going back to this stall to grab garlic.

Why do bicycles always complete the picture in any given market scene?

At the plants section

In need of a diaper change

Apart from being totally gorgeous and bright and cheerful and clean, the market also gave us the opportunity to see some new things, and learn other things about foods we already knew. For example, garlic:

My first time to see garlic like this!

I would have LOVED to grab pots and pots of herbs!!!

Anti-vampire cashier

I love how everything is displayed so neatly!

Everywhere we turned, there was colour, colour and more colour! It was hard not to feel happy when being surrounded by so much vibrance.

Love, love, love!

So cute with the umbrellas, don't you think?

Honey for you, honey?

Max and Poppy and the world's biggest carrot that cost us.... 50 cents.
Pwetty blossoms!

A wild Poppy amidst the other blooms

How clever is the way they display the fruit, ready to be packed to go?
Desserts, and Poppy experiencing a sugar rush

Poppy and her Mamie

Main course and dessert, not necessarily in that order
 And after that l-o-n-g walk, we headed home :)

'We're not sleepy at all!' they insisted. Yeah, ok.

Marche Jean-Talon is located at 7070 Avenue Henri-Julien, at the corner of Henri-Julie and Jean-Talon, Montreal, QC, H2S 3S3. It's housed in Little Italy, and the closest metro station is Jean-Talon. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I'll be camping over nights there! Wish we have such a good market here.


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