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Le Marché Spectaculaire
Photograph: Courtesy Fleurs et Cadeaux

Chinatown's huge Christmas market pop-up is back for another edition this weekend

Le Marché Spectaculaire's 200-metre long stretch of shopping and snacking returns, this time with a new restaurant in the mix.

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Chinatown caught some holiday fire last month with Le Marché Spectaculaire, where two resident restaurants—the Japanese snack and wine bar Fleurs et Cadeaux and Cantine Poincaré, a bar with funky wines and even funkier food—acted as east and west anchors for a 200-metre long Christmas market pop-up.

Now the event is returning for another weekend, this time being joined by the traditional Chinese eatery Dobe & Andy, known for its BBQ duck recipes.

Le Marché Spectaculaire
Photograph: Courtesy Fleurs et Cadeaux

Running from December 11 to December 13, noon to 8pm each day, Chinatown will become a mini-network of Christmas shopping and snacks via the connection of those three restaurants as they host an even bigger selection of Montreal makers and artisans than the last edition. In addition to jewelers and printmakers found a month ago, like Ève Saint Jean, graffiti artist Killer Evil, graphic designer Mathieu Labrecque, Poparadis, and lot more.

Le Marché Spectaculaire
Photograph: Courtesy Fleurs et Cadeaux

On top of all that, the hosting restaurants will be selling food and wine to go (plus conservas and fermented products for later via Poincaré) as other easy takeout spots in Chinatown will be up and operational for business, giving Montrealers (who are dressed warmly) a place to hang out for the whole day.

Here's some of the (many) vendors in Chinatown this weekend:

Aless MC

Amélie Lehoux

Ana Roy

Antoine Lévesque

Chinatown Caviste x Bacchus 76

Bcuit

Charlotte Ghomeshi

Cochon Bleu Pâle

Corsé

Costume de Bain

Cri

Ève Saint Jean

iamjustinex

Joe Couteau

Julia Gr

Killer Evil

Librairie Wino

Linda Breton

Mathieu Labrecque

Poparadis

La Rama Records

Retro Assassin

Tokusen

Vin + Conserves Poincaré

& more than that!

Le Marché Spectaculaire
Photograph: Courtesy Fleurs et Cadeaux

Turning dining rooms into retail spaces has become a huge method of survival for an increasing amount of restaurants and bars in the city. Beginning with the Latin Quarter's café Bonjour-Hi, even Montreal's oldest restaurant Auberge Saint-Gabriel hosted a one-weekend-only Christmas market that spanned the entire ground floor of their institution. Without further support for the restaurant and bar industry via propositions like selling alcohol without necessitating food purchases, the future of many restaurants is a dismal prospect at best.

Time for Montrealers to get out in the fresh snow scheduled for this weekend and show love to a neighbourhood that's been disproportionately hit hard by the pandemic—and get some good food, plus swanky gifts to put under the tree, at the same time.

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