Montreal for discerning palates

Montreal for discerning palates

Thanks to its many restaurants, food festivals and world-famous specialities, Montreal has all the right ingredients to appeal to discerning palates! Here's a little guide to the city's must-try food experiences.

Sampling the local specialities
Start your foodie tour in one of Montreal's markets. At the Jean-Talon market, to the north of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, you will find the very best local produce. From artisanal ice cream to freshly matured cheese, stalls full of fresh fruit and local specialities, there's something for everyone to get their teeth into. Many restaurants on the fringes of the market serve up delicious brunches. Close to the Lachine Canal is the Atwater market, another popular gourmet destination. In the main hall, butchers display their wares next to stalls selling traditional Quebec products. In the summer, food trucks park up at the back of the market, offering a varied range of creative dishes.
Land of diversity
Canada is a land of immigration, and Montreal embodies this cultural diversity and richness through its impressive variety of restaurants. See it for yourself with a stroll down the Saint Laurent Boulevard. Over the centuries, different communities have succeeded one another down this iconic street. At the Old Port of Montreal, expect traditional, Gallic-inspired food. This is where you'll find the city's finest dining establishments, such as the famous Toqué restaurant! Further north, in Chinatown, don't miss an opportunity to sample a few delicious dumplings. Close to Little Portugal, Schwartz's, with its smoked meat sandwiches, is a veritable institution.
Trendy neighbourhoods
Continuing your walk up the Saint Laurent Boulevard takes you to the Plateau-Mont-Royal district. The cosy cafés here are perfect for treating yourself to a creamy latte. On Rachel Street, La Banquise offers a wide selection of poutine in a unique, quirky setting. The hipster Mile End neighbourhood is a mix of vegan restaurants and micro-breweries, including the Dieu du Ciel! bar, where the beers are all brewed on site and a lovely terrace is open in summer. Early in the morning, Montreal locals rush to buy bagels from the famous St-Viateur Bagel bakery. Continuing north through the streets of Little Italy, step inside one of the pubs and family restaurants where you'll find hearty meals at affordable prices.
We recommend

Activities for kids in Montreal
Montreal airport
Family weekend in Montreal
Ottawa for foodies
Toronto for foodies



Share by Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook