Montreal is basically the sister city of NYC when it comes to culinary options. It’s a small island jam-packed with restaurants, eateries, cafes and everything in between.
I just scratched the surface of eating and drinking during my three-day trip, but if you find yourself wandering the city, here’s a few suggestions for where and what to eat in Montreal.
Holder: A solid option in Old Montreal with a lively atmosphere, even on a Monday night. The French Onion Soup was delicious, but the Butterscotch Mi-Cuit stole the show.
Schwartz’s Deli: So famous it’s practically synonymous with dining in Montreal. They make a killer smoked meat sandwich and are an iconic landmark to the city because of it. This traditional Jewish deli piles the meat high and packs in the flavor.
HVOR: Hand down, the best dining experience I’ve ever had. I cannot rave about HVOR enough, you absolutely must go. They don’t provide a menu, so be prepared to eat whatever the chef is cooking that night, but they don’t disappoint. I’d go back to Montreal in a heartbeat for this five-course meal.
Marche De La Villette: I stumbled into this little gem of a cafe/restaurant for lunch, and it did not steer me wrong. Nothing like a heart salad and some Canadian beer to power through the rest of the day’s adventure.
La Champagnerie: Another remarkable experience from my trip – learning how to sabor a champagne bottle. But if you prefer to leave that to the professionals, go to La Champagnerie for the long, long list of delicious champagnes and tastings, and surprisingly some delicious appetizers and bites.
seasalt: A seafood restaurant and ceviche bar (already drooling) in the heart of Montreal’s Old Port. In addition to their fresh menu and outdoor terrace, they have some fabulous cocktails and wall art to compliment.
Chez Suzette: I had to have a crepe in Montreal, and struck gold when I found Chez Suzette. The brie + green apple did not disappoint.
Maison Christian Faure: A hot spot for desserts and pastries, and arguably the best croissant in all of Montreal, Maison Christian Faure is like the Dominique Ansel of Canada and it’s worth every minute you wait for a table. It’s also a little boutique, so you can shop for treats to take home (if they make it that long – zero self control over here).
Honorable Mention: Local Montreal Food Tours – the perfect combo of facts, history, sight-seeing and food guided by amazing locals as you walk around a select neighborhood.