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I found myself driving over to the botanical garden last week, and spotted a sign pointing to the Maisonneuve Market. Montreal has four main public markets, the Jean-Talon Market being the largest. This one was smaller than the Atwater Market. There was a Premiere Moisson bakery, one small butcher, one small fish counter, one small fromagerie, one grain shop, and one vegetable market. You get the idea – it was fairly small, even in summer when the other two large markets are flourishing. It felt more like an independent natural foods market, also because it was all enclosed. The selection does not warrant going out of one’s way to get there. One trait that makes a farmer’s market great is high turnover and fresh product. While there were other shoppers there on a Saturday, it did not have the same bustle as the other two markets I frequent.

The best part of the market was the sizable fountain surrounded by benches in the front. The other markets don’t have a fountain.

Metro: Pie IX or Viau

4445, Ontario Est and William David

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Some of the best artisanal ice cream and sorbet in Montreal can be found at Havre-aux-glaces, my favorite farmer’s market summer treat. Current favorites include: sorbets: mangue (mango) and poire et sortilège (pear and maple whiskey), which is like scooping up pure, succulent pear with a delicious extra depth. Matcha, chai masala, and espresso are my top ice cream choices; vanilla and dulce de leche were too sweet for my taste. There’s a sister store at the Marché Atwater, but I think that this location more flavors.  Even a small cup can have two flavors swirled together. It’s a small shop in the indoor section of the market, but once found it’s impossible not to go in. Service is friendly and efficient and the flavors are delicious, delicate and reasonably priced.

See my June 2011 review here.

Metro: Jean-Talon

7070, rue Henri-Julien, local C-7 and Rue Jean-Talon

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Some of the best artisanal ice cream and sorbet in Montreal can be found at Havre-aux-glaces, my new favorite farmer’s market summer treat. Current favorites include: sorbets: mangue (mango) and poire et sortilège (pear and maple whiskey), which is like scooping up pure, succulent pear with a delicious extra depth. Matcha, chai masala, and espresso are my top ice cream choices; vanilla and dulce de leche were too sweet for my taste. There’s a sister store at the Marché Atwater, but I think that this location has a couple of more flavors.  It’s a small shop in the indoor section of the market (between , but once found it’s impossible not to go in. Service is friendly and efficient and the flavors are delicious, delicate and reasonably priced.

Metro: Jean-Talon

7070, rue Henri-Julien, local C-7 and Rue Jean-Talon

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Some of the best artisanal ice cream and sorbet in Montreal can be found at Havre-aux-glaces, my new favorite farmer’s market summer treat. Current favorites include: sorbets: mangue (mango) and poire et sortilège (pear and maple whiskey), which is like scooping up pure, succulent pear with a delicious extra depth. Matcha, chai masala, and espresso are my top ice cream choices; vanilla and dulce de leche were too sweet for my taste. Not all of these flavors are found at this location; there’s a sister store at the Marché Jean-Talon that seems to have some additional flavors. Aside from being right at the edge of the trendy public market, it has ample outside seating and is right against the Lachine Canal. Service is friendly and efficient and the flavors are delicious, delicate and reasonably priced.

Metro: Lionel-Groulx

138 Avenue Atwater and Rue Saint-Ambroise

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