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Montreal Culinary Tour

Discover culinary hot spots and a lively street culture. This is the essential foodie itinerary.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  Both Canadian and Québécois, part anglophone and part francophone, with one foot in the past and the other firmly in the... more »

Tips:  For prime weather and festival season, go May through September.

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This lively restaurant, manned by chef Martin Picard, has earned a cultlike following both within the city and abroad for its obsessive (and inventive) preparations of all things meat. Inside, the atmosphere is pitch-perfect habitant: rollicking, fiddle-heavy Québécois music plays on the stereo, and the menu features no less than... More

A cheerful after-work crowd heads to this trendy wine bar for locally brewed McKeown cider and tasty bar snacks like grilled calamari and olives marinated with fennel.

Address:
4869 Ave. du Parc
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(514) 750-6577

Open since 1980, the restaurant is still the spot for expertly prepared French classics such as the generous pot-au-feu or the citrusy octopus-and-lentil salad.

Address:
3927 Rue St.-Denis
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(514) 845-5333

Just steps from the Jean-Talon farmers’ market, diners sit at a counter and watch chef-owners Mathieu Cloutier and Jean-Philippe St.-Denis cook up whatever’s freshest. (With only one other employee, the chefs are also the restaurant’s servers, sommeliers, and dishwashers.)

Address:
60 Jean-Talon St. E.
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(514) 315... More

Chef-owners Frédéric Morin and David McMillan are the mavericks behind Joe Beef, a delightfully disheveled counterpoint to the city’s often overstyled restaurants. The décor (a bear’s head trophy over the bar; rustic wooden tables; très country checkered napkins) verges on irreverent, but the food is far from it. Though... More

6. Instock

Stop in at this 2009-opened boutique to pick up cult clothing brands Supra and Elm, plus works by up-and-coming Montreal artists.

Address:
506 Rue Rachel E
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(514) 903-4006

Stepping into the St-James feels like stepping back into a genteel, Gilded Age manse. Housed in a gracefully restored 19th-century bank building just a few blocks from the Notre-Dame Basilica, the hotel’s large guest rooms are piled with Oriental carpets, antiques and paintings from the owner’s private collection, yards of chintz drapery, leather ... More

One part restaurant, one part late-night bar, Garde Manger offers innovative seafood and a seat at the hottest party in town. Set in a historic Vieux-Montréal building, the dining room keeps things rustic with exposed-stone walls, chalkboard menus that change often (try the spicy General Tao lobster and jerk shrimp), and brown paper... More

9. Friperie St.-Laurent

Fans of vintage clothing shouldn’t miss this 15-year-old shop for its well-curated selection of designer hats, scarves, and party dresses from the 40’s to the 70’s.

Address:
3976 Blvd. St.-Laurent
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(514) 842-3893

The brewing tradition is alive and well in Quebec, nowhere more so than at this excellent, nothing-but-the-basics microbrewery just a few blocks east of Laurier’s tony boutiques—far enough away, that is, to maintain its authenticity. Inside, the wooden chairs and tables are appropriately worn and stained, and the stainless-steel fermenting casks... More

Funky little art gallery and café housed in a former foundry.

Address:
257 Rue Prince, Darling Foundry
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(514) 866-1213

With most of the city’s top hotels near the old city, many a traveler interested in exploring the boutiques, restaurants, and lounges of Montreal’s colorful central neighborhoods (Le Plateau, Outremont, Mile End) has been forced to shuttle to and fro via taxi. It was a welcome relief when this serene five-room inn opened in 2006. The landmarked... More

Chef Samuel Pinard and his gang of six make almost everything in house—from pastas and bread to the cured sausages hanging in the glass meat locker.

Address:
1302 Mont-Royal E.
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(514) 522-0777

Set among Vieux-Montréal’s cobblestoned lanes, this eatery is marked only by the antler-and-fish crest hanging outside the door (appropriate, since chasse et pêche means “hunting and fishing”). Inside, the atmosphere is dark and full of disorienting design touches (old-school leather club chairs combine with mod white ceramic birds taking... More

15. Le Marche Jean-Talon

Once you have the gourmet accoutrements from the Les Touilleurs kitchenware store, cab it up to Little Italy and this enormous food market, which is the city’s culinary epicenter. Here, you can stop by the William J. Walter boucherie for—count ‘em—more than 50 kinds of sausage; at La Fromagerie Hamel you can sample from dozens of raw-milk,... More

Housed in two buildings, including an old leather factory from the 19th century, the 24-room hotel appeals to young entrepreneurs with its tech-savvy touches like free Wi-Fi and plasma TV’s outfitted with Wii Fit stations.

Address:
168 Rue St.-Paul Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(877) 530-0360

The hotel consists of a 22-story tower and the former headquarters of the city’s Gazette newspaper. The indoor glass-bottomed pool, seemingly suspended over the hotel’s main entrance, makes an indelible first impression; a basement corridor connects to the city’s famous subterranean shopping mall.

Address:
270 Rue St. Antoine W.
Montreal, Quebec
... More

18. Les Touilleurs

Proof that Montreal is an epicurean’s dream: this exquisitely ordered kitchenware store in Outremont’s poshest shopping neighborhood. The marble counters are piled with gleaming gourmet equipment, including Italian-made Guzzini serving spoons with mod yellow handles, Revol French culinary pottery, and Quebecer Tom Littledeer’s austere maple... More

19. Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

The shop specializes in underground comics and illustrated novels, including titles written and produced by the store’s own publishing house.

Address:
211 Rue Bernard Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(514) 279-2224

Evidence that Montreal designers can compete on the world’s stage: the glorious interior of Pullman, which merges mid-century modernism (polished wooden tables, stone floors, and a palette of gray, black, and cream) with a hint of 21st-century baroque (a multitiered wine-glass and champagne-flute chandelier). The trilevel bar and restaurant is... More

Lively lunch spot and bar in the Plateau.

Address:
9 Duluth St. E.
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(514) 849-7779

Legendary home of Montreal's "smoked meat"

Address:
3895 Blvd. St.-Laurent
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Phone:
(514) 842-4813