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Hungry? Great! Montreal is the place to be on an empty stomach. Whatever you're in the mood for, Montreal not only has it, it has it fresh. Lauded as a foodie haven due to the proximity of so much farmland, its many open-air markets, and the old-world charm of its artisan stores (boulangerie, fromagerie, patisserie, anyone?), Montreal has developed a modern haute food culture alongside its traditional, hearty gastronomy. So buck up and tuck in: this guide is going to tell you where to buy, cook, and eat during your visit!

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter

10 Places

5 City Tips

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10 Places

Jean-Talon Market

Flea & Street Markets

Fairmount Bagel

Restaurants

La Banquise

Restaurants

Delices Erable & Cie

Restaurants

Chinatown

Neighbourhoods

Atwater Market

Flea & Street Markets

Toque

Restaurants

La Guilde Culinaire

Cooking Classes

Bocata Restaurant Bar a Vin

Restaurants

Maison Christian Faure Patisserie

Restaurants

Madison S's City Tips

  • The customary tip at restaurants is about 15%. If you had wonderful service, feel free to go higher!
  • Montreal is a great walking city and has wonderful public transport. However, if you'd like a workout alongside your meal, renting a bike at Montreal On Wheels is the way to go.
  • Don't worry if your waiter isn't checking on you constantly. They aren't being inattentive, but polite. Feel free to flag them down if you need something, or want the bill.
  • Careful about tipping if you've arrived with a large group — some establishments will automatically add a service charge, so check your bill ahead of time.
  • Montreal has harsh winters, but mild summers. If you're visiting in a warmer month, take advantage by eating outdoors on one of the many terraces that pop up citywide.
  • Jean-Talon Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Madison S Says:

    Tucked into the delightful backdrop of Montreal's Little Italy, Jean-Talon Market was first opened in 1933, marking it as a long-standing city staple. Open year-round, Jean-Talon has the distinction of being the largest public market in North America, and it shows its mettle in all weather. The warmer months see fruit and vegetable stalls set up outside the main chalet, vending fresh local produce, while in the winter, its environs still draw a bustling crowd for its meat and cheese sellers, its spices, truffles, regional delicacies and the wonderful selection of restaurants. This is also the go-to place for Charlevoix lamb - a patented food product, only produced in Quebec, that is deliciously tender and a must-try for foodies.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The best place to purchase Charlevoix lamb at Jean-Talon is a shop called "Veau de Charlevoix." Definitely pay them a visit to see for yourself!
    • If you are planning to visit by metro, the market is located between the De Castelnau and Jean-Talon metro stations — a short walk from either!
    • For drivers, the market does have its own parking. Under 30 minutes is free.
    • Note that driving through the market is prohibited during summer weekends, when the market has the most pedestrian traffic.
    • The open air stalls are available May through October: this is the best time to sample farmers' produce from around Quebec.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 375 things to do in Montreal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Montreal Must 11/11/2018
    • Summer vacation 01/11/2018
    • Jean-Talon Market
    Address:
    7075 Casgrain Ave
    three street corners from Jean Talon Metro Station
    Montreal, Quebec H2S 3A3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 514-277-1588
    Hours:
    Sun
    07:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Wed
    07:00 - 18:00
    Thu - Fri
    07:00 - 20:00
    Sat
    07:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Fairmount Bagel
    Restaurants (Fast food, Canadian)
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    Madison S Says:

    When you think of Montreal, bagels might not be the first thing that pops to mind. And yet! With a tradition of honey-soaked, hand-rolled dough that bakes slowly in wood-burning stoves before being slathered in toppings and served up hot, Montreal has a thriving bagel culture. Locals are passionate about their version of this breakfast treat, with a thinner, sweeter, and chewier consistency than the average bagel. There's even a friendly rivalry between Montreal's two greatest bagel havens, the Fairmount and St. Viateur. However, the Fairmount, open since 1919, has an earlier claim to fame, great hours, and a delicious final product.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The Fairmount is open 24/7 — so if you have a bagel itch at 3am on a Tuesday, you know where to head to scratch it.
    • If you're looking to have a sit-down breakfast, be prepared to take the bagels to go. No seating is offered inside the Fairmount.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #126 of 4,352 restaurants in Montreal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Bagel Shop 07/11/2018
    • Taking some bagels back to Toronto. 05/11/2018
    • Fairmount Bagel
    Address:
    74 Fairmount
    Montreal, Quebec H2T 2M2
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 514-272-0667
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • La Banquise
    Restaurants (American, Fast food, Diner, Canadian)
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    Madison S Says:

    When picturing the go-to food for visiting Montreal, poutine is it: a melange of thick-cut french fries, gravy, and cheese curds, and at Casse-Croute La Banquise, you can have it one of 30 different ways! While poutine can be purchased from food trucks, high-end restaurants, themed tourist traps, and everywhere in between, this shop has the distinction of being a no-frills environment with something for everyone. If you want a dish more exotic than the traditional, try it with pulled pork and cole slaw. Or if you want to edge into territory that feels healthy, the peppers and onion version is a good bet. There's even a selection microbrewery beer options to pair with them!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Vegan Friendly! Their La Véganomain special uses vegan cheese and skips the curds, yet still tastes great enough to make carnivores steal a fry or two.
    • It is open 24/7.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #155 of 4,352 restaurants in Montreal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Try the BOM 11/11/2018
    • Authentic poutine 09/11/2018
    • La Banquise
    Address:
    994 Rue Rachel E
    Montreal, Quebec H2J 2J3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 514-525-2415
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$8
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Delices Erable & Cie
    Restaurants (Canadian)
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    Madison S Says:

    Quebec is the home of maple syrup. And while there are numerous ways to enjoy it — everything from the traditional sugar shack experience on the far outskirts of Montreal, to seasonal street fair vendors in the inner city — Maple Delights is an old faithful. Located near Jaques-Cartier square, it naturally draws a number of tourists. However, don't let this fact color your opinion. It's the only place where you can try 'tire sur la neige' year-round: a maple taffy made by pouring hot maple sap onto fresh snow. Visitors are even offered the option of making it themselves! And if taffy doesn't tickle your fancy, there's maple-infused ice cream, candies, teas, hand creams, and a number of treats on tap to tempt your sweet tooth. Best of all? Head downstairs for a small interactive exhibit on maple production in Quebec. Delicious and educational? Yes, please!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • There are a bunch of ice cream flavours to choose from — both maple-themed and not. Ask for a few free samples to determine which you'd like to dig into!
    • The museum on the bottom floor takes visitors through the process of maple collection and refining in a fun, engaging, and informative manner.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 4,352 restaurants in Montreal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful pit stop 14/11/2018
    • Specialty shops with all kinds of maple products 26/09/2018
    • Delices Erable & Cie
    Address:
    84, St-Paul Street East
    Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1G6
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 514-765-3456
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Chinatown
    Neighbourhoods
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    Madison S Says:

    Chinatown in Montreal may be small compared to other North American cities, but it's neatly designed and jam-packed with exciting food destinations. Follow the herald of the large paifang gate at Rue de la Gauchetiere to find your way onto a street where dim sum, bubble tea, and bakeries rule the day. If you're looking to eat a lot on a small budget, try one of the many Chinese buffets — or else, just venture into the area for dessert, including traditional Asian tea and cake or sweetbread at one of the many pastry shops. Unique to the area is 'dragon bread candy,' which can satisfy any sweet-lover, made with spun sugar and peanuts, and produced roadside by numerous street vendors. If Chinese food isn't your thing, don't worry: the area has pho, banh mi, sushi, Vietnamese cuisine, and enough herbal remedy shops to cure a village.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • No need to arrive early — Chinatown is one of a few areas in Montreal with permission to stay open late! So midnight grub is on.
    • Dumpling food coma? Digest while you relax at one of the many spas in the area. Treatments are well-priced, and reservations aren't always needed.
    • Often during summer weekends, street fairs line the area. Food stalls pop up everywhere, and visitors can sample while they stroll.
    • If you're in the market for fresh lobster, you're in for a long wait from May-June: arrive early at restaurants as the dish is very popular.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #82 of 375 things to do in Montreal
    • Better Than Most 09/11/2018
    • Underwhelming! 09/11/2018
    • Chinatown
    Address:
    St-Laurent Blvd
    Montreal, Quebec H2Z 1E9
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 514-990-1872
    Other:
  • Atwater Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Madison S Says:

    Seasonal fruits and vegetables, poultry, fish, breads, cheese, wine and chocolate: there's something for everyone at the Atwater Market. Stalls and kiosks line the outer part of the building, laden with local produce and exciting specialty products. Inside, the scents wafting from the bakery and coffee shops delight and entice. Whatever you're in the mood for, you can find it fresh and regional here. Treat yourself to a a light meal surrounded by the market's Art Deco charm, or nibble on macarons outside among the flower pedlars and the odd busker. Best of all, it's open all year round!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Interested in what's in season? Check out the Atwater Market web page before visiting: it has a comprehensive list of what produce will be available.
    • If you're traveling by train, the nearest stop is Lionel-Groulx Metro Station, just a short walk away. If by car, the area surrounding the market has over 500 free parking spaces.
    • Atwater is popular with cyclists. To reach it by bike, take the path along Pointe-Saint-Charles, over Lachine Canal — it links up to Saint-Patrick street, where the market is.
    • If you're an Instagram, Facebook, or TripAdvisor addict, you're in luck: the market has free wifi!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 375 things to do in Montreal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great way to taste local flavor 06/11/2018
    • Fun at the Atwater Market! 30/10/2018
    • Atwater Market
    Address:
    138 Atwater Ave
    Montreal, Quebec H4C 2G3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 514-937-7754
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    07:00 - 18:00
    Thu
    07:00 - 19:00
    Fri
    07:00 - 20:00
    Sat - Sun
    07:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Toque
    Restaurants (French, Canadian)
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    Madison S Says:

    Old Montreal is the place to find many of the city's best restaurants, and if you're in the mood for Haute Cuisine, Restaurant Toque! has you covered. Modern, edgy food highlights Montreal's best: all the cuisine is made from local, fresh ingredients from the city's farmers, and the flamboyant menu changes daily to reflect the best of the day. Gastronomy heaven!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Toque! provides a wine pairing menu, a great option if it's your first time and you'd like to try a little bit of everything.
    • As the menu often varies, so do the prices. Items range from very reasonable to very pricey, so keep a mental tab as you go so that the bill isn't startling.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #82 of 4,352 restaurants in Montreal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tasting Experiences - Food and Wine 12/11/2018
    • Make Sure You Bring a Fat Wallet 11/11/2018
    • Toque
    Address:
    900 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
    Montreal, Quebec H2Z 2B2
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 514-499-2084
    Price range:
    US$58 - US$100
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    11:30 - 13:45
    Tue - Sat
    17:30 - 22:00
    Other:
  • La Guilde Culinaire
    Cooking Classes
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    Madison S Says:

    After eating along the boulevards of this great city, why not try your hand at cooking up some of your own fare? At the La Guilde Culinaire, you can set the tone of your future dinner parties by attempting everything from traditional French Canadian cooking, to Spanish tapas, to Thai. The real highlights, however, are the pastry and fois gras classes: roast duck breast or fois gras crème brûlée, macarons and fondant. Classes are a mix of demonstration and hands-on, so roll up your sleeves and spend three hours making 'this is how I roll' jokes while you wield your mighty rolling pin. The tasting at the end makes all that hard work worthwhile.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • La Guilde is family-friendly, offering cookery for parent-child team-ups, focusing on desserts and savories.
    • Be aware of the expense: while classes don't come cheap, they are well worth their price for the experience.
    • During the winter season, festive Christmas classes are offered. If you were wondering how to make a chocolate Yule Log, look no further.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 21 Classes & Workshops in Montreal
    • Fun and educational team building activity 11/11/2016
    • Superlative! 26/11/2015
    • La Guilde Culinaire
    Address:
    6381 Boul. St-Laurent
    Montreal, Quebec H2S 3C3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 514-750-6050
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Wed
    10:00 - 18:00
    Thu - Fri
    10:00 - 20:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Bocata Restaurant Bar a Vin
    Restaurants (Spanish, Mediterranean, Wine Bar)
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    Madison S Says:

    Montreal cannot boast heavily French-influenced food without offering the wine to match. At Bocata, let the sommeliers on hand pair your oysters and farm-fresh tapas-style dishes with the perfect wine, often privately imported and carefully screened for its suitability alongside each seasonal menu. Consistently ranked among Old Montreal's best, the warm staff and atmosphere are the cherry on top of a fine wine and dine meal here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Seating is limited, and the restaurant is often crowded during evenings: make a reservation in advance to avoid disappointment.
    • Bocata's sister restaurant, Barroco, is located right next door. If you can't get a table at one, go for a romantic dinner and a cocktail at the other.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #79 of 4,352 restaurants in Montreal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a fun, delicious dinner date 11/11/2018
    • Happy Hour Oysters! 25/10/2018
    • Bocata Restaurant Bar a Vin
    Address:
    310, Saint-Paul O.
    Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2A3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 514-507-8727
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    17:00 - 22:30
    Fri - Sat
    17:00 - 00:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:30 - 14:30
    Other:
  • Maison Christian Faure Patisserie
    Restaurants (French, Cafe, European, Canadian)
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    Madison S Says:

    Treat Yourself: butter and sugar, what could be better? At Maison Christian Faure, you'll be spoiled for cake and confection choice! Tartlets, macarons, and ganache-lined sponge cakes crowd the pastry counter, while their lunchtime menu offers light, creamy coffees and sandwiches with thick, crispy bread and sumptuous fillings. Best of all? It even includes a pastry school, if you just have to make those purple macarons yourself!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The pastry school includes classes for little bakers: children six and up are welcome to learn, along with a parent or guardian.
    • There for breakfast? The croissant. Always try the croissant.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 4,352 restaurants in Montreal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pastry from heaven 12/11/2018
    • Warm and Friendly 10/11/2018
    • Maison Christian Faure Patisserie
    Address:
    355 Place Royale
    autre adresse :514-289-8788 at 1225 de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal H3G 1M3
    Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2V3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 514-508-6453
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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