Montreals food guide
If you are a foodie visiting Montreal for the first time, or back for more, you are about to embark on a deliciously memorable journey filled with luscious pastries, dreamy meals, exhilerating culinary adventures and heady libations.
Montreal counts five farmers markets, including the Jean-Talon Market, open year round. Tour any one of these food meccas is a dream come true for any food lover. Eat your way through many of them by visiting the various cheese mongers, spice stores, artisanal bakeries, seasonal fruit and vegetable stands, charcuterie stalls and restaurants that call these markets home.
poutine, poutine and more poutine
Poutine is one of Quebec's most famous culinary exploits and Montreal is home to quite a few 'best' poutine spots. Ever Montrealer has a favourite, from the classic 24-hour spot La Banquise to Ma Poule Mouillee's poutine topped with Portuguese chicken or Blackstrap BBQ's burnt end poutine. Pick one and dig in!
Taste Test Bagels
Montreal has the best bagels in the world, period! But who makes the best Montreal bagel? A true foodie will have to decide for themselves so head to the Mile End and grab a piping hot bagel from the St-Viateur and Fairmount shops and decide which team you're on!
Stand in line at Kem Coba
Standing in line to grab a soft serve at Kem Coba has become a summer tradition in Montreal and one any foodie has to experience, not only because this is one of the best ice creams in town, but also for the conversations with fellow ice cream lovers and hipster Mile End residents.
Montreal is famous for its smoked meat and Schwartz is a veritable mecca that attracts throngs of visitors and locals alike. If you don't want to wait in line, head to the take out counter and grab your order to go. Insider tip: always order your meat medium lean, always order extra bread and always, always order a side of pickle. You can then head back to your hotel room or one of the many parks around to enjoy your sandwich.
If you have a penchant for gluten, you're in luck since Montreal has the best bread and pastries this side of Paris. From buttery croissants to crispy baguettes, hearty breads, chewy cookies and dainty, elegant desserts, the choice is endless and it would take a lifetime of dedication to taste everything. Enjoy!
If you're a coffee amateur, you've come to the right place. In the past few years, Montreal has established itself as a world-class coffee town rivaling with cities such as Portland, Melbourne and New York. Spot the closest cafe to you or go on a tour to visit as many as you can while visiting. They all have such distinctive personalities.
Take a Tour
There's no better way to get to know a city than to partake in a guided tour with experts who can share anecdotes and insider jokes about their town. Luckily for visiting foodies, Montreal has quite a few tours centered on gastronomy. From touring a farmers market to learning more about how the Jewish culture influenced Montreal culinary stage, pick your favourite and hop on! And of course, the bet part about all of thee tours is the tastings!
(Foodie information provided by Tourisme Montreal. For additional information, visit their website)