advertisement

If you're planning a picnic, bike ride, or simply a meal in, pick up supplies in Vieux-Montréal at any of three shops along rue St-Paul. On the street's west end is Olive et Gourmando at no. 351 and, just across the street, Marché de la Villette at no. 324. Both sell fresh breads, fine cheeses, sandwiches, salads, and pâtés.

Or, make a short excursion by bicycle or Métro (the Lionel-Groulx stop) to Marché Atwater (Atwater Market), the farmer's market at 138 av. Atwater. It's open daily. The long interior shed is bordered by stalls stocked with gleaming produce and flowers. The two-story center section is devoted to vintners, butchers, bakeries, and cheese stores. In the marché, Boulangerie Première Moisson (tel. 514/932-0328) is filled with the tantalizing aromas of breads and pastries -- oh, the pastries! -- and has a seating area at which to nibble baguettes or sip a bowl of café au lait. Nearby, Fromagerie du Marché Atwater (tel. 514/932-4653) lays out some 500 cheeses -- with hundreds from Québec alone -- as well as pâtés and charcuterie. Marché Atwater is on the Lachine Canal, where you can stroll and find a picnic table.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.