Everywhere you turn in Montréal, you can see our love of gastronomy: in grocery stores, restaurants, bistros and at home, we celebrate the abundance, diversity and preparation of food on a daily basis. How about staying for a couple of days and getting a taste for the city?
Typical Montréal fare
Breakfast at St-Viateur Bagel or Fairmount Bagel. The secret to an authentic Montréal bagel? A wood-burning oven, egg in the dough, and a seasoned cook. The Maple Delights boutique for products such as ice cream or pastries, prepared with maple syrup. Savour on site or indulge later.
For the aromas: let the mouth-watering smells of buns stuffed with grilled meat seduce and conquer your taste buds.
For the colours: stands brimming with flowers in spring, pumpkins in autumn and fruits and vegetables throughout the seasons.
For the selection: garden-fresh produce, spices, cheeses, chocolate, breads and pastries, kitchen wares from here and afar.
For the action: the sounds of merchants hawking their wares mingle with lively discussions—in a host of different languages—of customers who come from near and far.
La Quincaillerie Dante. This family business has been at the heart of the neighbourhood since 1956. Here, you can find a vast selection of articles for the kitchen, and even attend a pasta-making demonstration by owner Elena Faïta. For espresso like they make in the old country, go to Caffè Italia, Café International or Café Epoca. Stop by during a televised soccer match, and soak up the one-of-a-kind ambiance.
Treat yourself to a half-day workshop at L’Académie culinaire, which offers cooking classes for everyone, from toast burners to culinary perfectionists.
Take a tour of these specialized boutiques
Les Touilleurs. For high-quality utensils, small appliances, cutting boards, whisks, knives, ladles…
Arthur Quentin. A veritable Montréal institution. We love it for its luxurious place settings, Limoges porcelain, copper pots and objects crafted by Québec ceramists.
The delicious bakeries, chocolate shops, cheese shops, fine food stores and terraces lining the streets of Laurier West and Bernard.
St-Viateur Bagel & Café (Mont-Royal)
1127, avenue du Mont-Royal Est
Fairmount Bagel Bakery
74, avenue Fairmount Ouest
Canadian Maple Delights
514 765-3456 ext. 224
84, rue Saint-Paul Est
6851, rue St-Dominique
152, rue Laurier Ouest
3960, rue Saint-Denis