Shaughnessy Village and the surrounding area is full of small, intriguing grocery stores that are worth getting to know. Here are three of the best places, where in addition to supporting local businesses you’ll enjoy a different kind of shopping experience!
Korean & Japanese Grocer
The closest to S sur le Square, this is the perfect place to stock up on Asian products of all kinds. The stalls are clean, well-organized and it’s a nice space overall. Open since 2006, the store has a friendly and attentive staff who are always available to help customers. The market is particularly popular for its Korean and Japanese products, and more specifically for their kimchi and prepared meals, perfect for people with no time to cook. Frank Jang Teu, the owner, tells us with pride that he’s surprised to see the number of celebrities frequenting the establishment. The store features intriguing products that will inspire your next home cooked feast. For example, you’ll find everything you need for a Japanese classic, Shabu-shabu, or delicious dumplings; and of course, a variety of Asian condiments. Another interesting aspect, you can also buy Asian kitchen utensils!
Korean & Japanese Grocer
2019, Sainte-Catherine Street West
Monday – Wednesday: 10:30am – 9:00pm
Thursday – Saturday: 10:30am – 10:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm – 8:00pm
The first time you pass the Noor Market it’s usually the smell of hot samosas that summons your attention. They’re available for purchase on the sidewalk for the modest sum of $1. They are the pride of the staff, who swear that their samosas are among the top 5 in Montreal, as confirmed by this article on Mtl Blog. Take the time to enter the grocery store, and you’ll discover Persian products of all kinds. Everything smells great! Whether it's the (true) saffron, the first traditional Afghan bread made in Quebec, or the various spices, choices are abound. Also, a halal fresh meat counter is operated by a professional butcher. Interesting discovery: infused waters with medicinal properties (plus they taste good!).
1905, Sainte-Catherine Street West
Monday – Sunday: 9:00am - 10:30pm
Le Frigo Vert - Natural Food Coop
Open since 1999 following an initiative from Concordia students, Le Frigo Vert is a non-profit organization funded by student tuitions at a rate of $0.33 per academic credit. Obviously this implies that one must first be a member to shop there. The subscription is included in Concordia students’ tuition, while non students have to pay an annual $20 fee for a membership card. The card gives you access to very low priced products, most of which are considered ‘premium’ products in regular grocers. By this we mean organic and fair trade products that promote healthy eating, respect of the environment and workers in these industries. You’ll find organic products prepackaged or in bulk, alternative medicine products, cleaning products (with reduced impact on the environment), sandwiches, snacks and popular 50 cent coffees. There is also a room where you can stay and eat, study or learn about various cultural activities and activists in the neighborhood! Great initiative!
Frigo Vert Food Co-Op
2130, Mackay Street
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am – 7:00pm