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The Culinary Guide to Montréal’s Gay Village

Visitors coming to Montréal for the annual Pride festivities will inevitably tackle a gamut of fun-filled festival activities. But as you groove around the city, don’t forget about one of life’s most basic needs: food. Montréal has an international reputation for being a great food city, and the Gay Village — ground zero for Pride activities — is not exempt from this repute. In the past, the relatively affordable rents of the neighbourhood have enabled burgeoning restaurateurs to set up shop and experiment with a receptive queer community. While the Gay Village continues to evolve, what has remained consistent is a decent density of great food options. From refined French fare to affordable sweet treats, here’s how to swallow your pride — à la Montréal. O’Thym For haute cuisine (without haute prices) Since arriving on the scene a decade ago, sophisticated French bistro O’Thym has become the frontrunner among a competitive roster of “Bring Your Own Wine” restaurants in Montréal. Over the years Chef Noé Lainesse has found his stride with Canadian ingredients—bison medallions from Outaouais, beef bavette from Prince Edward Island and duck from Knowlton— while also eliminating gluten from most sauces. The architecture of most plates is simple… / Read More →

Weekend brunch options around downtown Montréal

Brunch is a very Montréal affair. Montrealers partake in this culinary tradition quite regularly with complete abandon – and at a leisurely pace – to start the weekend on the right note. While there are tons of delicious brunch options all over the city, here are some of our favourites in and around downtown to Old Montréal. Old Montréal: Le Cartet Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Part restaurant, part fine food store, Le Cartet has a very New York feel to it. It’s open almost all day, every day but is especially nice for weekend brunch. Le Cartet also doubles as a fine food store with an impressive collection of chocolates. Suite 701 Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday brunches at Suite 701 are laidback while Sundays are set to the beat of an in-house DJ. The brunch menu includes items such as fried chicken, mac and cheese as well as your usual omelettes and egg dishes and their signature house cocktails. Restaurant Holder Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. A typical French brasserie, Holder’s cuisine is classic français. The brunch menu includes great omelettes and Benedicts as well as a kids’ menu… / Read More →

Brunch, coffee, chocolate and keeping cozy in the Village

During the winter months, the beloved Boules Roses of Montreal’s Gay Village neighbourhood go into hibernation and people retreat from the streets to cozy up inside for delicious brunches, creamy lattes, and baked goods. Check out the lighter side of a Village more known for its crazy night life…