From soul-comforting patates frites to seven sumptuous courses of cuisine française, good food is in our blood.
Maybe because we have the highest concentration of eateries on the continent—nearly 65 restos per km2 in neighbourhoods where tourists go, with 120 countries, regions and types of food represented by over 6,000 restaurants!
And maybe because we attract the best chefs from all over the world. Those who love fine dining will be on culinary cloud nine in Montréal, with renowned chefs such as Normand Laprise at Toqué!, Martin Picard at Au Pied de Cochon and Jérôme Ferrer at Europea. Each winter brings in even more of the world’s best cooking talent for the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival. It’s a delicious occasion to chase away the winter blues!
Montréal is big on the cuisine terroir movement, which revolves around our abundant local produce that is featured in our famous French cuisine. Everyone can enjoy our outdoor farmer markets: the sight of baskets heaped with brilliant orange peppers, red radishes and yellow corn; the scent of earth and greens and ripe raspberries that bring to mind the Québec bush on a sunny day.
Every Montréal quartier is peppered with fresh-produce stands and charcuteries (delicatessens). Need we mention the ubiquitous fresh baguette? And for those inspired to take their cooking talent to a new dimension, our schools give lessons. Others may simply wish to take a culinary tour.
Must tries: dining al fresco on a Montréal terrasse, pigging out on the infamous poutine, lunching on smoked meat on rye, biting into Montréal bagels hot from wood ovens, nibbling some sucre d’érable (maple sugar), or sipping a pint of stout at a microbrewery.
Montréal is the city for foodies and gourmets alike!