Bonsecours Market

This majestic Palladian structure is an iconic Montreal landmark

The historical Bonsecours Market in Montreal
The historical Bonsecours Market in Montreal

Bonsecours Market is an upscale marketplace that resides in on iconic Montreal building and landmark located on a site the is steeped in local history.

This beautiful and majestic Palladian style structure with its distinctive silver dome looks out over the Old Port of Montreal. It is one of the most photographed landmarks in all of Montreal.

Built over a period 3 years from 1844-1847, Bonsecouers Market, in addition to being the city's central farmers market, served the role of Montreal City Hall for 25 years from 1852 through 1878. It has also been a venue for many civic events including concerts, banquets and exhibitions.

The market was closed in 1963 and the building was in danger of demolition, but fortunately that never happened and in 1984 it was officially declared a National Historic Site of Canada.

Today Bonsecours Market has been completely restored and it is a very popular site with tourists and locals alike. Within the market you will find a mall containing total of 15 boutique shops and galleries that are selling unique products including fashion, jewellery and works of art that are from the province of Quebec as well as other parts of Canada. There are also 3 restaurants located inside the market.

The market also hosts a variety of events and exhibitions during the year. There are admission charges for some of these. Please see the official website link below to view upcoming events and prices.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No; except for some exhibtions and special events

Bonsecours Market Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: 350 Rue Saint-Paul E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1H2, Canada

Phone: (514) 872-5547

Official Website: Bonsecours Market

Bonsecours Market Reviews

Rated 4.1 out of 5 Star Rating

4 Star Rating Some really lovely shops for tourists and very welcoming sales clerks. Fun place to search for unique gifts and not as pricey as you might expect . Recommend visiting on the way through Old Montreal.
Juliet Martin - a month ago

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4 Star Rating A little gem of Montreal, definetly worth a short trip, especially on a rainy day or if you want to take a break from the riverside attractions and festival. Definetly a touristy place but done nicely and tastefully. A bit expensive though. Would benefit from better accessibilith and sineage
Lorenzo Pasello - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Charm and Convenience: Bonsecours Market in Old Port of Montreal Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Bonsecours Market, nestled in the heart of the Old Port of Montreal, is a true gem for both locals and visitors alike. This historic market seamlessly blends cultural richness with practicality, making it a must-visit destination. One of its standout features is the plethora of souvenir and jewelry shops. These boutiques house an array of treasures, from unique artisan crafts to exquisite handcrafted jewelry, making it an ideal spot for those seeking memorable keepsakes. The quality and variety of offerings are unparalleled, ensuring you'll find something special to cherish. What truly sets Bonsecours Market apart is its indoor setting, a true blessing during Montreal's brisk winters. Here, you can escape the chill and explore its vibrant stalls in comfort. The well-maintained interior exudes a welcoming atmosphere, allowing you to meander through the shops at your leisure. The historic architecture of Bonsecours Market adds an extra layer of charm. Its elegant facade and spacious halls evoke a sense of timelessness, offering a delightful juxtaposition to the modern wares within. The ambiance is both refined and inviting, making your visit a truly delightful experience. The market's central location in the Old Port ensures easy access, allowing you to seamlessly weave it into your exploration of this historic district. Whether you're strolling along the cobblestone streets or taking in the scenic waterfront views, a visit to Bonsecours Market is a natural part of the Old Port experience. In essence, Bonsecours Market is a treasure trove of culture, convenience, and craftsmanship. Whether you're in search of a special keepsake, a unique piece of jewelry, or simply a warm respite from the winter chill, this market delivers on all fronts. It's a quintessential stop for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Old Montreal. THIS IS ALI NOOR & THIS IS MY REVIEW
Ali Noor - 8 months ago

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4 Star Rating I was pleasantly surprised to discover that what I initially thought was a government building turned out to be Montreal's historical public market – what a nice find! During the evening, the building looked stunning, beautifully lit up and immediately caught my attention with its vibrant colors and impressive cupola. However, in the daylight, it seemed rather unremarkable from the outside. Nevertheless, the street in front of the market was charming, adorned with lovely vegetation-filled pots and numerous benches for relaxation. Inside, the market is spread across two floors with an array of small shops and stores, mostly catering to tourists and visitors rather than locals. Some offered unique arts and crafts, while others seemed like typical tourist traps with questionable souvenirs. Nonetheless, I guess there was something interesting for everyone. Personally, I was lucky to find something I had been searching for – old Canadian banknotes! The store called MTL Decor, located on the ground floor, had a vast collection of banknotes from all over the world, including the withdrawn Canadian notes with Queen Elizabeth II's portrait, which I was specifically looking for. They also had rare and collectible pieces, valued at several thousand dollars. Like I said, this market truly has something for everyone's taste! Visited on a Sunday, July 2023. Paid by card.
Pavel D. - 10 months ago

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3 Star Rating Market for touristes who are looking to buy art craft, painting, sculpture and other souvenirs. You will definitely pay a higher price since you are in a very touristy aera.
Oliver - a month ago

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Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 2 - OrangeChamp-de-Mars5 Minutes

How to get to Bonsecours Market by Metro

By Metro: Make your way to Champ-de-Mars Metro Station on Line 2 and take the Saint_Antoine Sud (South) exit. Walk to your right (south) along Rue Gosford to Rue Saint Paul and go left. The columned entrance to the market is just ahead on your right.

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