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French pastry shop Maison Christian Faure

It’s been almost a year since Maison Christian Faure made its home inside a 300-year old beautifully renovated grey stone building in Old Montreal. The sophisticated and elegant French-style pastry shop has made a name for itself as one of the best sweet spots in Montreal…

10 Great Restaurant Terrasses in Montreal

There’s nothing like summer in Montreal. The city shimmers in the sun and puts on its best bling for Montrealers and visitors to enjoy. There are dozens of festivals, fairs, outdoor events, sporting activities and family outings happening every week but one of our favourites is to actually (finally!) be able to dine and drink outdoors. Here are 10 great restaurant terrasses to grab a bite in the sun or under the stars…

Complete 2014 Guide to Food Trucks and Street Food in Montreal

Last year’s food truck pilot project was a big hit on the streets of Montreal. People gathered and waited in line for their favourite street fare and the program was extended by about a month due to its popularity. The project has been improved upon and is back this summer with better schedules, more locations and even more trucks. If you want to know where to find Montreal’s food trucks and what they’re serving, this guide to food trucks and street food in Montreal is for you…

A Guide to Montreal’s Best Bakeries & Pastry Shops

In the last few years, Montreal has seen a boom in artisanal boulangeries (bread bakeries) and pâtisseries (pastry shops). From specialized cupcake stores, designer donuts and dainty French pastries to more traditional buttery baked goods, croissants and crusty baguettes, the city has it all. Here’s a breakdown of all sweet things Montreal has to offer organized by neighbourhood, so that you may always find your way to the closest flaky, gooey or crispy delectable snack…

5 Favourite Montreal Maple Treats

It’s maple season in Quebec and although that means an annual visit to a sugar shack for a joyful day of maple syrup overdose, it also means that this much-anticipated annual golden sap is on everyone’s mind, especially most chefs in the city. For a little – or large! – dose of this yearly treat, here are some of our favourite maple-laden concoctions…

5 Montreal wine bars with great menus

For the past few years, Montreal has seen the proliferation of the wine bar concept, where one can discover some great bottles or revisit favourite ones. Most of these wine bars offer a list comprising of predominantly private imports and quite a few of them have chosen to work with natural, organic and/or biodynamic products…

Montreal’s best family-friendly restaurants

  A great way to spend time with family is to gather up around the table for a delicious meal. Finding the right restaurant to accommodate everyone’s standards (and age group) can be a challenge but it’s not impossible…

10 of Montreal’s Best Sandwiches

When well made, a sandwich can be heavenly, a perfect portable meal that’s entirely satisfying. Below is a list of 10 of Montreal’s best sandwiches- from a sandwich starring grilled halloum cheese topped with crunchy coleslaw to an in-house cured gravlax on freshly baked rye and caraway seed bread, there’s something here guaranteed to knock your culinary socks off. And they’re all tried, tested and highly recommended by yours truly…

Celebrate cuisine at Montréal en lumière 2014

The 15th edition of Montréal en Lumière is taking place from February 20 to March 2, 2014. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the gastronomy program will be shining the spotlight on Montreal as a featured city…