A foodie's journey in Old Montréal - Tourisme Montréal Blog


A foodie’s journey in Old Montréal

  • When: All seasons
  • What: Gastronomy
  • Where: Old Montréal and Griffintown
Old Montréal has always been the spot to head to for some old world charm. But it’s also home to a flourishing food scene that worth a trip to this historical neighbourhood in itself. Its dining scene is renowned for its sophistication and creativity, which makes this culinary itinerary packed with enough options to sate your appetite for a full long weekend – and more!



Le Local

Housed in a heritage building once occupied by a firm of architects, this restaurant serves bistro-style cuisine against a minimalist backdrop: high ceilings, giant light wells, open-plan dining room, front patio, and cocktail lounge. The scene here is hopping, full of joie de vivre that seems to bounce off the walls – so come here for a good time and a late night. And don’t forget to order the famous beet salad.

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Mercuri Montréal

Sit by the open wood fireplace on a cool evening and dive into a creative and eclectic menu that promises an extraordinary fine dining experience. Treat yourself to the tasting menu for an overview of what chef Mercuri can do. How about baby back ribs with kale, apple and mango barbecue sauce?

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Le Serpent

If you’re in for a party and a feast, this is the place. This contemporary bistro inspired by Italian favourites is nestled against a great contemporary art gallery (The Darling Foundry), so try to fit in a vernissage before dinner. From linguini with speck, almonds, cauliflower and truffle brunoise to salmon confit with lentil and spinach puree, Portobello mushrooms and turnips, you’re bound to find something to pair with on extensive wine list.

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Le Club Chasse et Pêche

Stop in here for an afternoon drink and you’ll be surrounded by neighbourhood workers who use it as their local. Try a dozen oysters on the half shell with a bright glass of white rom the extensive wine list, or settle in for dinner; grilled octopus with fingerling potatoes, chorizo and bell peppers is just one of the mouthwatering examples on the dazzling menu.

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With a wall-full of wine options by the glass, with a particular focus on organic and biodynamic vintages, this subterranean haven in a historic building in Old Montréal is the perfect place to try a flight of wines you’ve never tasted before, enjoyed with beautiful French-influenced fare. Try the beef tartare or the cold trout salad.

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Chez Delmo

When visiting Montréal, fine French fare is a must, and lunch at this city institution is a great place to start. Specialized in fish and seafood, this is the place for the best sole meunière in town (talk about a French classic!). Keep your mind open to less-French options too though, like the double lobster roll or the seafood poutine.

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This Italian restaurant inspires thoughts of Napoli and views of vineyards. The fresh pasta will make you praise the gods of cookery, and the ambiance is hushed and comforting, exactly what a comfortable meal with close friends requires. From homemade ricotta to stuffed calamari to braised veal, you’ll love it all.

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Celebrate in style at this festive Japanese fusion izakaya on Saint-Pierre Street, where the black and red décor invites stilettos, bow ties and group get-togethers over luxury lobster rolls, luscious sashimi and house-style braised short ribs. The dining leads to late-night partying thanks to DJs and delicious house cocktails.

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Chez L’Épicier

Another local lunchtime favourite, this spot across from Marché Bonsecours combines freshness, creativity and sophistication to produce dishes that reinvents Québec gastronomy with regional accents. Your plate will look like a work of art, and flavours will be perfectly balanced. Chez l’Épicier is also a fine grocer where you can find everything from local cheeses to artisanal preserves.

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Get together with a bunch of friends at this hopping eatery right on de la Commune, with a magnificent view of the Old Port. The plates – think fish fritters and mushroom tart for starters, seared duck breast and stuffed boar filet for mains – pair perfectly with the signature cocktail list, especially if experienced on the sprawling terrasse on a hot summer night.

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A culinary tour of the Plateau Mont-Royal

Plateau Mont-Royal, or the Plateau, for short, isn’t just a hip, fashionable neighbourhood – it’s where foodies will find a wide enough array of restaurants, cafés, bakeries and markets to fill days of entertainment. From the many sunny terraces to…

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A culinary tour of downtown Montréal

The downtown area of Montréal is home to more than just skyscrapers and fast-paced office workers – there’s a plethora of delicious eateries with an impressive culinary diversity waiting to be discovered. Imagine inventive chocolates and creative tapas just a…

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Old Montréal and Griffintown: North American cultural capital

With over 370 years of history, Montréal is one of the oldest and most storied cities on the continent. Considered Canada’s Cultural Capital, Montréal is the perfect fusion of past, present and future – and down by the riverside in Old Montréal,…

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