The old port's market is mainly a fresh produce market and by all accounts in the spring, summer and autumn abounds with colourful displays of locally-grown fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately I was here in the winter and so not many of the stalls were in use. What there was though was worth the visit as I sampled a couple of Quebec wines, nibbled a couple of cheeses and had a taster from one the charcutieres. Other winter stalls included several Maple syrup sellers, arts and crafts, confectionery and clothing.
There's also a couple of cafe-style restaurants on site and, especially useful in the winter, well-heated rest rooms!
What to buy: Very much a seasonal market and so constantly changing. Useful if you are self-catering.
The March? du Vieux-Port operates year-round. There are a large variety of local produce on display, quality and freshness second to none. Maple products, cut or dried flower arrangements, berries, vegetables in season. There is also have a restaurant on the premises with a terrace, bar, cheese and cookie counter, ice cream counter, boutiques, public toilets and an automatic teller machine.
What to buy: Visit the wine shop and discuss the local sparkling wines produced with maple syrup. Since Julia and I where on our 1st year wedding anniversary I bought a couple of bottles for our day in the park.
What to pay: inexpensive