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A weekend guide to Montreal

25 April 2016

Ever feel like you need to disrupt the schedule of your life a bit and get away? Ever feel burnt out, worn down, in need of a quick remedy to bring the sparkle back into your eye? That was me a few weeks back. I was in need of a vacation but one that wouldn’t break the bank. So, we decided to do a quick road trip to our neighbouring province, Quebec. Although we were only there for 48 hours, it was enough time to allow me to reset, take a breath of fresh air, and of course, eat good food. Naturally, I have put together a list of some of my favourite food spots in Montreal for anyone who may find themselves hungry in this great city.

Day 1

1. Smoked Meat Pete  What better way to start a trip to Montreal than with smoked meat and poutine? Call me cliche, but I’m quite proud of this true Canadian dish. It’s so tasty! If you’re driving in to Montreal, be sure to stop here on your way. They serve award-winning smoked meat and for a good price too! Cash only.

2. Cafe Falco After a long drive we needed our caffein fix. This cafe is pretty elaborate in their brewing method. They use a siphon for full immersion brewing, providing you with a flavourful and intense cup of coffee. Great decor (check out that bike!) and friendly staff here too.

3. Les Chocolats de Chloe

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Once we settled into our airbnb we ventured out to explore the neighbourhood – Mont Royal. We wandered down the romantic Duluth Avenue where you’ll find lots of cute shops, restaurants and bars. We found this chocolate place that makes all sorts of interesting chocolate flavours, including earl grey, matcha green tea, and balsamic vinaigrette.

4. Comptoire 21

For dinner we checked out this cozy fish and chips restaurant in the Mile End. Great fish, good beers, amazing lemon squares, and nice service. Afterwards we took a walk down Boul St. Laurent – a lively street where there’s tons to do and see.

Day 2

1. Patrice Patisserie

You can order to go or sit down for brunch

If you love pastries, I’d highly recommend you pay a visit to Patrice Patisserie. They serve all sorts of delicious, well-made pastry items like croissants, caneles, brioche, and kouign amann. I felt like I was back in Paris.

The cafe is walking distance to the Atwater Market where you can pick up all sorts of food items. It’s also near the canal. We rented bikes using Bixi and headed to old Montreal/ downtown Montreal (while working off those pastries). 😉

2.Cafe Parvis

 Hidden down an unassuming street in downtown Montreal, this cafe has a great vibe and interesting nature-inspired decor. The air was fresh and the food was delicious. They serve all sorts of things like pizzas, fruit bowls, and salmon pate.

3. Fairmount Bagel

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A trip to Montreal isn’t complete without a Montreal bagel. The city is famous for its dense, flavourful wood-fire oven bagels. I heard that the best bagels could be found at Fairmount Bagel, so that’s exactly where we went. It did not disappoint…

4. Cafe Kilo

 After lots of walking/biking/eating and a bit of shopping on Boul St Laurent we needed a break to recharge (our bodies and phones). We stopped at this welcoming cafe and ordered a replenishing avocado mint smoothie. (However, they are famous for their cheesecake, cakes and mousse I’m told). This is a great place to just sit back and relax. They even have some cozy couches in the back where you can take a quick power nap.

5. Buvette Chez Simone

 After all that food we decided to have a small dinner. This place hit the spot with its ‘create your own charcuterie’ concept. The croquettes were notably delicious, as well as their wines. Again, great service and low key, casual yet classy vibe at this spot. Great way to end our 48 hour food tour of Montreal.

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