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Montreal's first-ever weekend Shoni Market will create a second Chinatown for street food

Montreal's 'second Chinatown' in the Shaughnessy Village will see a one-weekend-only night market for street food.

JP Karwacki
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JP Karwacki

With the largest sidewalk sale in Canada planned for this weekend, a lot of eyes in Montreal are already on the downtown core already. Thing is, shopping isn't the only thing people can do when they're walking the event's huge pedestrianized stretch of Sainte-Catherine West.

From September 10 to September 12, lunch to dinner, the organizers behind events like Yatai MTL's Japan Week and the Korean fest Pocha MTL are bringing together all kinds of vendors in the Shaughnessy Village—from de Chomedy to Guy Streets along Sainte-Catherine—to put an all-new event called Shoni Market that focused on all kinds of different Asian cuisines.

While there hasn't been a list of vendors published (it's understandably hard to get dozens of local businesses to coordinate marketing in advance), knowing the area around Concordia University? The opportunity for variety is big with this one.

Yes, the Chinatown neighbourhood itself currently sports a lot of different cuisines within it's closely knit boundaries (and also has its own night market for street food happening right now), but there's arguably an even greater selection around an area that's packed with international students from China, South Korea, and beyond. Some of the city's best Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine can be found here, and don't forget there are few Indian gems as well.

All told, the area is absolutely packed with food options that are perfect for this kind of event.

Shoni Market is happening along Sainte-Catherine West between de Chomedy and Guy Street in the Shaughnessy Village in downtown Montreal from September 10 to September 12; each day lasts from noon to 7 p.m.

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