Montreal is a bustling city that is an enjoyable mix of modern vibes and preserved history. The biggest city in Quebec, Montreal is located on an island that sits in the Saint Lawrence River. Boasting impressive architecture and an abundance of interesting attractions, the city draws travelers from all over the world. That’s without even mentioning the exceptional food! Montreal has a diverse range of cuisines and world-class restaurants that are sure to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters.
We’ve put together a guide so that you can experience all of the best food in Montreal for yourself. We wouldn’t want you (or your tastebuds) to miss out.
What to eat in Montreal
With so many great eateries in Montreal, it can be difficult to pick a place. We’ve categorized our favorite places according to meal to make it easier for you to find you
- Beauty’s Luncheonette
Bagels are extremely popular in Montreal, but one place that does them really well is Beauty’s Luncheonette. These bagels tend to be softer and sweeter than the ones you might find in the US, but they’re just as delicious. Beauty’s serves them up with a whole range of toppings so you’ll be sure to find something you like. The menu also includes brunch staples such as omelets and pancakes.
- Cafe Joe
This relaxed cafe just oozes bohemian vibes, making it the perfect place for a chilled-out breakfast or recovery brunch. It’s great for groups and has a mix of meat and meat-free dishes. While there are many great choices on the menu, it’s hard to look past the two-egg breakfast platter with grilled cheese!
- Spanel Crepes & Gourmets
This one’s for the pancake lovers. Spanel Crepes offers up an exciting menu of savory and sweet crepes with a huge range of topping combinations. Whether you are feeling like some smoked salmon paired with arugula and cream, or a delectable banana crepe with rum sauce, Spanel Crepes has you covered. There are even gluten-free options and crepe cake.
- Cafe Parvis
While the food at Cafe Parvis is excellent, it would be remiss of us to talk about this cafe without first mentioning the decor. It’s like the outdoors has been brought in, with plants decking out every surface and a soft green paint on the walls. It’s such a good spot to wind down or share a relaxed meal with friends. As for the food, Cafe Parvis makes great pizzas with all kinds of exciting toppings. They also have an extensive wine and cocktail list for those looking to have a drink with their meal!
- Cafe Pave
Cafe Pave is the ultimate sandwich eatery. It offers a range of freshly made sandwiches, including pulled chicken, smoked salmon, and our personal favorite, grilled lamb kefta. If you’re after something a little more basic, opt for a house toastie or warm croissant – you won’t be disappointed! Take note that Cafe Pava is only open during the day, every day except Monday.
This Korean restaurant is a downtown hotspot. Popular amongst locals and tourists alike, Omma is open for lunch each weekday. If you’re looking for a bibimbap fix or some bulgogi, this is the place to go. Plenty of tasty options with varying levels of spice.
- Joe Beef
Joe Beef is renowned for its quality meals. Founded in 2005 as a 30-person restaurant, the place has gone from strength to strength. Today, the restaurant is twice the size and a popular place for a top-notch dinner. With a menu boasting lobster pasta, poached rabbit, and all sorts of things with truffle, Joe Beef is guaranteed to provide you with an exceptional dining experience. The restaurant even has its own vegetable garden, trout pond, and smokehouse!
- Monkland Tavern
A local favorite, the Monkland Tavern offers a great patio and retro vibes. This vibrant restaurant never gets boring with a seasonal menu that is constantly updated. You are guaranteed the freshest ingredients and interesting combinations to excite your tastebuds – an excellent option for drinks or a social dinner. Monkland Terrace is the type of place you can drop by after a long day of exploring. If you don’t want to be weighed down by your bags, check them into a Montreal luggage storage facility so you can enjoy your night without having to head back to your hote firstl.
- Restaurant Grinder
Looking for a classy, modern restaurant for a nice meal? Restaurant Grinder has you covered. Its menu boasts a combination of both cooked and raw meals, from steak and braised meats to seafood, ceviche and tartare. The simple, yet effective decor will also leave you impressed. Plus there’s an inviting outdoor patio where you can enjoy the environment and feel the bustling vibe of the city. This place will satisfy any foodie and is perfect for date night.
- Cremy Patisserie
With the strong French influences in Montreal, it’s no surprise that a patisserie makes our list for top dessert places. Cremy Patisserie makes decadent pastries but the real drawcard is their mouthwatering donuts. Salted caramel, Boston cream, lemon crueller – the choice is yours! Well worth a visit if you’re in the city.
- La Diperie
If ice-cream is your dessert of choice, head to La Diperie to satisfy your sweet tooth. They only offer vanilla ice-cream (unfortunately no cookies and cream), but the extensive topping list is what makes the place magical. The ice cream is covered in Belgian chocolate and then you pick what goes on next – apple pie, pretzels, dark chocolate, coconut, green tea, gingerbread, lemon poppyseed. Create your own combination of traditional flavors or other less common, but equally delicious, ice-cream toppings.
- Noir Chocolat
Noir Chocolate is off the main tourist path, but this just makes it even better. The ultimate chocolate shop, Noir Chocolate offers classy options of all your favorite chocolate treats. It can be found in the Plateau, down a little street off Mont Royal. Don’t miss the croque-mous!
It should be obvious by now that Montreal is a foodie heaven! Add the city to your bucket list so that you can experience all of the flavors and cuisines for yourself.