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The biggest open-air sidewalk sale in Canada is coming to downtown Montreal this weekend

Downtown Montreal is going to be completely pedestrianized along Sainte-Catherine Street West for a weekend shopping (and snacking) spree.

JP Karwacki
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JP Karwacki

Seems like there's a competition on Montreal's hands when it comes to sidewalk sales: If the recent pedestrian sidewalk that happened recently on Mont-Royal Avenue was meant to be the biggest in the city, then an upcoming sidewalk sale along Sainte-Catherine Street West downtown is going to be the biggest in Canada.

Running this weekend from September 10 to 12 between rue de Bleury and rue Chomedey—essentially stretching from the Shaughnessy Village and Concordia University's downtown campus all the way to the edge of the Quartier des Spectacles—the Société de développement commercial (SDC) for the city's core borough is promoting the 2021 edition as a "new edition full of surprises."

That means you expect more than just shopping. For example, the city will be hosting the Marché Shoni Market, a brand new night market (and corgi party) that "will have your tastebuds travelling to every corner of Asia," the event reads. "With Sainte-Catherine street being fully closed to car traffic... it’ll be the perfect opportunity to meet local business owners, soak in the eclectic vibes, and discover all kinds of new Asian flavours."

Restaurants haven't been announced, but considered how the west side of downtown harbours a lot of Asian cuisines that range from the Japanese restaurants Kazu and Ichifuku to the Taiwanese Hot Star Chicken and Hazukido bakery, as well as tons of Chinese spots like Chef Lee and authentic plates from Restaurant PM? Korean eats from Bar Ganadara? Burgers from Picks? Some of the cheapest and delicious falafels in town from Nilufar?

There's bound to be a lot to eat.

With everything that's been planned already this weekend in the area, there are tons of public terrasses to rest at while you journey along the entire stretch. With Chinatown's weekly street food festival currently underway, that means that this past year could have seen the city's most outdoor street food dining to date.

Downtown Montreal's sidewalk sale Sainte-Catherine Street Celebrates will take place from September 10 to 12 between rue de Bleury and rue Chomedey—details on the borough's website can be found here.

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