A Foodie's Guide to Montreal
Food & Wine
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Old Montreal offers a charming glimpse of Europe nestled within North America. Walking along its cobblestone streets, you'll encounter delicious cafes, fun shops and a blend of French and English conversations. Venture beyond the historic "wall," and a modern cityscape unfolds before you: skyscrapers, great museums, sprawling parks and countless other things to do. Montreal's rich history has fostered a vibrant multicultural environment, resulting in a remarkable culinary scene that is nothing short of amazing. With an abundance of things to do and see, this city is an ideal destination for solo adventurers, couples seeking a romantic getaway or families in search of memorable experiences.
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Where to stay in Montreal
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Place d'Armes in Montreal
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Things to do in Montreal
Le Petit Dep: This is a truly charming little shop and cafe is packed full of snacks, candy and other random food items.
Marche Jean-Talon: Open air market with fresh produce, meats, cheeses and lots of goodies.
Local Food Tour: Montreal is so full of great food, food tours are by neighborhood. You can't go wrong with any of them. Also, pro tip: Do this at the beginning of your trip so that you can ask for more local recommendations from your guide!
Places to eat & drink in Montreal
Tommy Cafe: This two-story cafe is bright and inviting. Whether you come for avocado toast, a chocolate croissant or just a cup of coffee, you won't be disappointed.
St. Viateur Bagels: This iconic, family-owned shop is the longest-running bagel shop in Montreal. Tip: When you order, ask for one fresh out of the oven!
Olive et Gourmando: A beloved, must-visit destination for anyone visiting Montreal. A delightful blend of fresh ingredients, bold flavors and exceptional hospitality. What to Order: "Poached egg on your face" Panini, The Cuban Sandwich and grab a pastry to go!
Sammi & Soupe Dumpling: This Montreal hidden gem promises a great experience for dumpling lovers. This cozy restaurant offers a great selection of flavorful soup dumplings that you can watch being made, making it a go-to spot for those seeking Asian cuisine in the heart of the city
L'Usine de Spaghetti: A delicious Italian spot right in the middle of Old Montreal! A warm and welcoming atmosphere with a great wine selection, mouthwatering pasta dishes and an all-you-can-eat salad bar. What to order: Spaghetti St-Paul, Raviolis Le Windsor and a glass of wine
Yokato Yokabai Ramen: Some say this is the best ramen in the city... I don't know if that's true but it's the best I've had! Everything is made in-house and it will leave you wanting to come back to slurp another bowl
El Pequeño Bar: A small Cuban hole-in-the-wall that you might miss if you didn't know to look for it. What to order: Mojito and Cubano Sandwich
Atwater Cocktail Club: Dark and moody, this French brasserie-style speakeasy is sure to be a good time.
Kem CoBa: Traditional and unique flavors of sorbet, ice cream and soft serve.
Holychoco: If you like chocolate, you'll love Holychoco! This will be a chocolate experience like you have never had. What to order: Close your eyes and pick, you can't go wrong!
Rustique: A classic country pie shop but in the city. Full of delicious pies, cakes and all kinds of other confections. Stop by for a late morning snack or an afternoon pick-me-up. What to order: An assortment of mini pies.
La Finca: A casual spot to grab a latte and people-watch. They also serve pastries and have a brunch menu.
Crew Collective & Cafe: A co-working space and cafe housed in the 1920s Royal Bank of Canada Building.
Need to Know
For more travel inspo, check out Fora Advisor Jill Albino's guide, Family Adventure to Montreal.
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