Montreal has some great markets, most of them are half indoor and outdoor during the warmer months. There’s nothing better than picking up fresh produce and making a spectacular dinner. Old Montreal was getting jealous of the city’s markets so they opened Le Marché des Éclusiers.
Located on de le Commune at the corner of McGill, Le Marché des Éclusiers is right on the water so that you can enjoy a great view while shopping around. The goal of their market is to present local Quebec goods, as well as support local businesses and farmers that produce locally sourced and sustainable products.
A big plus is that you can interact directly with the vendors and build relationships. And that is exactly what Diva #2 and Sabo did with one of the oyster shuckers from Eileen’s. He graciously explained that these particular oysters weren’t farmed and were about 2-3 years old. We enjoyed a dozen oysters, six varieties in all, complete with the traditional red vinegar mignonette, lemon wedges and seafood cocktail sauce.
They were also serving up some wild scallop ceviche, complete with edible flowers. It was light, bright with citrus and absolutely lovely. They also sell smoked fish and other fresh fish which changes on a daily basis depending on what’s in season and what’s caught.
At Omnivore you’ll find a grocery store of organic dried goods, specialty milks and butters. There will also be a grab-and-go fridge containing salads, soups, drinks, pickled conserves and more. We tried one of their fattouche salad filled with local veggies and crispy pitas and we loved how fresh it was!
Le Marché des Éclusiers has also partnered with Montreal’s very own mixologists, Nectar Mixologie to introduce Nectar & Co. You can turn your fresh juice into a smoothie, simply enjoy fresh juice, or you can choose from Nectar & Co.’s selection of alcohol and spike your smoothie! We tried one with coconut milk, pineapple juice, vodka and more. A great way to start (or end) any day!
Another vendor is Diablos BBQ Smokehouse, which will offer BBQ all day and into the night. You’ll be able to enjoy dishes like brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs, burgers, chicken and more. We tried little bites of lamb that were grilled over the open charcoal, as well as the pulled pork and brisket sandwiches. All delicious! Served on pretzel buns with plenty of crispy coleslaw, both the pulled pork and brisket sandwiches were tender though we preferred the brisket sandwich that had a little more flavour. They will also be offering picnic baskets which you can rent for the day to either shop in the market or even pick up items at other vendors to make a picnic!
The second floor is home to VIN RX, a snack bar featuring a variety of local cheeses and charcuterie, perfect for pairing with a bottle of wine. You can create your own plate and it’s all served with artisanal jams, pickles and salads. We loved the bites of grey owl cheese, local sausage, pickled veggies from the market downstairs and a smear of local mustard.
The guys behind Le Marché des Éclusiers are the same co-owners of Fabergé so it’s no surprise, starting in June, they will feature weekend brunches which they hope will turn into Sunday pop-up brunches.
Le Marché des Éclusiers definitely gives Montrealers another beautiful option for an outdoor market. Open until November 30th, from Tuesday to Sundays, it’s best to call ahead as the vendors don’t all have the same operating hours. But if you’re looking to spend a Sunday afternoon by the Old Port, why not check out the fresh produce, local bakery products, butcher, fish monger and more, and see what Le Marché des Éclusiers is all about!
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