Who are we?
A local grocery store that offers more than 5,000 fine local and imported products
Like large public markets, La Vieille Europe offers thousands of fine products from around the world, including many exclusives !
Our business, recognizable by its famous red awnings, has been part of the gastronomic landscape of St-Laurent Boulevard since 1959. Indeed, specializing in fine products, we offer a wide selection of cheeses, cold meats, chocolates, pastas and spices, some thirty coffees roasted on site, in addition to top quality teas and herbal teas, a variety of jams, olive oil, and vinegars, and mixology products.
In addition to that, and since 2018, we offer homemade honey, thanks to the acquisition of two bee colonies that we have installed on the roof in order to better protect them.
However, that is not all! In addition to all these food products, it is also possible to find kitchen accessories, such as coffee machines, teapots, knives, etc. For the past few years, our shop has even had take-out salads and sandwiches counter !
In short, La Vieille Europe , a true culinary institution, is the ideal place to eat with freshness and find the secret ingredient for all your recipes or the ideal host gift.
Convenience store for 62 years
Since 1959, our proximity to our customers has allowed us to innovate according to their needs, to specialize in a variety of products that are in great demand, and to provide personalized advice.
Specialized employees for 25 years
The quality of the 22 employees, with some of whom have more than 25 years of service, is also one of the attributes on which we rely. These, specialized, are able to answer all your questions.
A loyal clientele for generations!
Many of our customers are used to being called by their first name!
Vieille Europe family
La Vieille Europe was founded at its current location on Boulevard Saint-Laurent in 1959 under the name of Old Europe Meat Market. While during the early years this institution had a butcher’s vocation, it was quite another when José Castanheira took over the business in 1972 and decided to turn it into a delicatessen to meet the needs of the citizens of the neighborhood. However, it was at the dawn of the 80s that La Vieille Europe became the one we know today following a fire, that allowed Mr. Castanheira to expand the retail space.
The grocery store was later taken over by the Patriarchs Dos Santos and Da Silva, two men from the neighborhood who had the sustainability and success of this grocery store at their heart. They made sure that La Vieille Europe met the specific needs of their regular customers by acquiring the greatest variety of fine products possible. Their mission was also to become a highly specialized institution thanks to the strong links they had with their customers and their employees.
After more than 35 years of dedication to La Vieille Europe, the two patriarchs have thought of their respective sons to continue the mission of this grocery store, then already well established in the district. Although in 1999, Steve Da Silva and Nelson dos Santos were not destined to succeed their father, the two men were honored to take the reins of La Vieille Europe and contribute to the development of this institution that saw them grow. Therefore, it was with Paulo Raimundo, a dedicated employee, that they became the three new owners of La Vieille Europe.
The outgoing leaders supported the three buyers for a year to ensure the best transition. It was also an opportunity to put them in contact with regular customers who were particularly loyal to the business
Since then, the three young owners Paulo Raimundo, Nelson dos Santos and Steve De Silva are pursuing the mission of La Vieille Europe and contributing to making it this European market where you can find everything.