Food is hugely important in Montreal’s social scene, and as a result the city boasts an amazing collection of restaurants, cafés and more. Not just confined to the downtown area, these eateries can be found throughout the city’s diverse neighbourhoods.
Plateau Mont Royal, which is one of the best examples of a real Montreal neighbourhood, is home to some great spots for lunch or dinner. Head to La Banquise on rue Rachel Est and you’ll be treated to huge portions of mouth-watering poutine at incredibly reasonable prices. For those looking for something sweet, try out Juliette et Chocolate in the Quartier Latin. You won’t be disappointed with their huge selection of crêpes, sundaes, hot chocolate, milkshakes and more.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to try local specialities when visiting a specific city, you’re in for a real treat in Montreal. As well as offering tasty Montreal-style bagels and delicious poutine, a huge number of the city’s eateries also offer ‘smoked meat sandwiches’, a real Montreal favourite. These filling sandwiches are made from cured, spiced and smoked beef, which is usually served up on rye bread with mustard and accompanied by coleslaw and pickles. We really recommend these big bites, so why not give one a go and see for yourself why they're so popular.
1495 rue Saint-Catherine Est, The Village, Montreal, Canada
One of the coolest cafés in the Village, Kilo serves up paninis, burgers, sandwiches and nachos, along with a mouth-watering selection of cakes and pies displayed at the counter. Whether you fancy a meal, snack or just dessert, this casual chic spot is well worth checking out.
Open Sun-Thurs 10am-midnight, Fri-Sat 10am-2am.
1615 rue Saint-Denis, Quartier Latin, Montreal, Canada
Packed with both locals and visitors, this lively spot has lots of tables both inside and out. A huge variety of sweet and savoury crêpes are featured on the menu alongside a plethora of other sweet treats including chocolates and ice-cream sundaes. If you’d like to indulge your sweet tooth further, you can sample the decadent hot chocolates and milkshakes.
Open Sun-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight.
3990 rue Saint-Urbain, Plateau Mont Royal, Montreal, Canada
This funky little café can get pretty busy, especially at lunchtime or on nice days when people come to enjoy their food out in the beautiful terrace garden. On the menu here you’ll find soups, sandwiches and plenty more besides.
Open daily 11.30am-10pm; cash only.