In the heart of Montreal's Little Italy, you'll find the lively Jean Talon Market. It's a bustling food market which is mostly visited by Montrealers than tourists. Food and the lack of tourists; all the more reason for me to have a little browse.
I read somewhere that Jean Talon Market is held in an former bus station. This means that it's outdoors, yet covered, keeping shoppers dry when it rains.
I wandered along the aisles listening to the merchants loudly flogging their produce. It was autumn when I was there, so there were heaps of colourful apples, corn in all kinds of shades and bright orange pumpkins.What it wasn't, was warm so I decided to pop into one of the many cafes that border the market for a hot cup of coffee.
When I sensed some feeling seeping back into my toes and fingers, I continued I went back outside and headed to the foodie part of the market. It reminded me a bit of Borough Market here in London where you can buy all kinds of gourmet foods. There was a specialty chocolate shop, a cheese monger, a butcher selling juicy sausages and artisanal bakers selling freshly baked breads and pastries.
It's a great place to spend a few hours, but don't do as I did; make sure you come hungry. As now all I can say is that food looked good. If you want to know what it tastes like, you'll have to go and find out for yourself.