To visit Quebec is like visiting a country within a country. Quebecois culture is distinct from other provinces in its food, language, style, art and public policies!
Montreal has a pretty relaxed vibe, and there always seems to be something going on in the streets.
We visited Montreal for three days in August. It was enough time to allow us to reset, take a breath of fresh air, and of course, eat amazing food. I suggest staying in the Mile End area – it’s walkable, full of great shops, restaurants and cafes, is close enough to downtown, and has a good community vibe.
Here are my top places to eat while in Montreal:
Kouign Amann – Start every morning with an authentic French almond croissant, a classic Kouign Amann, and quiche from Boulangerie Kouign Amann in Plateau Mont Royal. This café has been running for years and has become a well known gem in the city – so expect a bit of a line up. But – it is so worth it…
Lloydies – Jamaican French spot for delicious jerk chicken, rice and peas, fried plantains topped poutine, and baked mac n cheese. Absolutely delicious.
Eduardo Duluth – probably one of my favourite places to eat, this old Italian gem serves generous portions of freshly made pasta, seafood and other authentic Italian fare. All the food has a real homey taste. It’s also bring your own wine!
Agrikol – Located in the Village, this Haitian bar/restaurant is where all the cool kids go. End your night with one of their delicious rum cocktails and Caribbean snacks, it’s one of the cities best bars. Fun fact, it is owned by the members of Arcade Fire.
Patati Patata – small hole in the wall spot for poutine. They use skinny fries for their poutine. Lots of beers on tap, and for the vegetarians, they do a tasty mini tofu burger.
Les Chocolats de Chloe – Wander down the hip and colourful street of 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.
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.
Fairmount Bagel – 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…
Patrice Patisserie – 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.
Atwater Market – you can pick up some cheese, meats, baguette and fruit. We had a picnic for lunch in a near by park. It’s also near the canal. We rented bikes using Bixi and headed to old Montreal/ downtown Montreal (while working off those pastries). 😉
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.
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.
Cafe Falco – If you are into speciality coffee, 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.