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20 great reasons to visit Montréal in 2016

Because the food is fabulous 1. Get ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome Joël Robuchon, who starting in fall 2016 will be tickling our taste buds at Atelier, in the Montréal Casino on beautiful Île Notre-Dame. The famed French chef has 28 Michelin stars to his name—want to bet Atelier garners him more? 2. There are dozens upon dozens of award winning restaurants in La Belle Ville, including Joe Beef, Au Pied de Cochon, Park, Toqué, Laloux, Pastaga, Lawrence, Le Bremner, Le Serpent, Chez Lévêque, Foodlab… the city is your oyster. Find other suggestions here. 3. Montréal’s festivals are renowned, and some of them are tasty as heck. There’s a mouth-watering calendar of food fests, from Poutine Week in February to Happy November! in, well November, not to mention our very special restaurant week, MTL à TABLE, which brings flavour to the end of October every year by joining dozens of local restaurants together to offer prix-fixe menus that give everyone a chance to enjoy their out-of-sight delights. Come taste for yourself! Because it never sleeps 4. With a promoter like Evenko, Montréal doesn’t miss a thing. Not only do they put on world-famous festivals Osheaga and Heavy… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 27 to December 3

With December officially here this week, there’s something seasonally appropriate and festive to do every day of the week: see Santa and sip hot chocolate, go to a hockey game, shop and shop some more, see a show or a film or a choir, and drink wine and eat well. Santa, hockey and merry making  The city’s biggest Santa Claus parade was last weekend, but if you missed it there’s still more Santa to see at the Plaza St-Hubert Santa Claus Parade on November 27 at 7 p.m. on St-Hubert Street between Bellechasse and Jean-Talon. Also find Santa at Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Stewart Museum, packed with handmade Santa figurines and free all month, while toys old and new delight at Mister Rabbit’s Circus at the McCord Museum. Whether it snows this week or not, Merry Montréal makes Old Montréal feel like a winter wonderland – warm up around fires, drink hot chocolate, bring the kids to see Santa at the Christmas market at Place Jacques-Cartier, watch Christmas-themed films and more, starting December 3. And, of course, there’s plenty of hockey: The Canadiens play on home ice at the Bell Centre three times this week, taking on the Devils, the Blue Jackets… / Read More →

A traditional holiday shopping guide to Montréal

If you’re doing your holiday gift shopping in Montréal, you’ve certainly got plenty of options, from Sainte-Catherine Street brand-name shops to the local creativity of artisanal craft fairs. But if you’re specifically looking for that “holiday spirit” or “Christmas-y feeling” or “winter wonderland” in uniquely-Montréal retail form, read on. New this year, Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal turns the Place des Arts esplanade into a charming outdoor Christmas and winter market, blending traditions from around the world. Gourmet food and drink – be sure to try the homemade, locally-produced goodies from Labonté de la pomme Verger & Miellerie – as well as free live shows and outdoor activities complete the experience, December 12 to January 2. Also new to the outdoor holiday market scene this year and not far from Place des Arts, the cheery and festive Marché de Noël Prince Arthur lights up Rue Prince Arthur at the corner of Boulevard St-Laurent, December 2 to 23. Expect to find unique handmade items, tree ornaments and Christmas trees, along with snacks, mulled wine and hot cider, sing-along carolling and outdoor film screenings. While Montréal is already in the habit of celebrating great food and drink all year, Happy… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 6 to 12

November warms us up with gourmet food and drink at MTL à TABLE, La Grande Dégustation and more delicious events, along with the thrills of this week’s high-energy hockey and dance, innovations in film and art, and joyous fun of theatre and live music. Go gourmet Eat well and often as the city’s best restaurants participate in MTL à TABLE, Montréal’s official Restaurant Week, a celebration of food and drink with special prices to match. Until November 8, food lovers can enjoy table d’hôte menus at reduced prices ($21, $31 or $41), culinary tours, wine tastings, chocolate sampling, special events and more at 150 restaurants and other locations throughout the city. See our Tourisme Montréal Guide to the 2015 Edition of MTL à TABLE for details and feast at brilliant brunch eateries, family-friendly restaurants, group-friendly locales, bring-your-own-wine favourites and much more, plus try out local cheeses or take a gourmet excursion. Not only that but month-long event Happy November adds to the festivities, including La Grande Dégustation de Montréal, November 6 and 7, showcasing 200 wine producers, distillers and brewers and their fabulous wares at Place Bonaventure. And if you’re vegan or simply vegan-curious, check out the 2nd-annual Montréal Vegan… / Read More →

Happy November: tasting our way through it, one wine at a time

Despite the waning light and dipping temperatures, we’re warm with excitement about November. Why? Because it’s Happy November, our month-long celebration of wine and gastronomy, sponsored by the Société des alcools du Québec. So cue the music (Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” – what else?), and keep reading to find out how you can indulge in this lavish spread of gourmet food and spectacular vintages. MTL à TABLE (October 29 to November 8) – The fourth edition of Montréal’s Restaurant Week, sponsored by YP Resto, has already launched, but you’ve still got time to satisfy your cravings by exploring the city’s to-die-for culinary scene. While the big draw is the three special fixed-price evening menus ($21, $31 and $41) at a whopping 150 restaurants across town, you can also indulge in culinary tours and special gastronomy-themed activities. La grande dégustation de Montréal (November 6 and 7) It doesn’t get grander than this: the city’s largest wine-tasting event brings 200 wine producers, distillers and brewers together at Place Bonaventure in downtown Montréal. Connoisseurs of wine, beer and spirits flock to it for the exceptional tastes, the expertise and the convivial atmosphere. Featured this year are the wines of Spain, Grenache and bubblies of… / Read More →

Montréal goes gourmet this November

Fall in Montréal is fantastic: first the cultural smorgasbord of all things art, followed by followed by two major mouthwatering events: MTL à TABLE, the city’s Restaurant Week and Happy November, a one-month celebration of wine and gastronomy, by the Société des alcools du Québec (or the “SAQ” as the locals call it). Here’s a more in-depth look at what’s to devour this month and how you can be a part of it: Explore the joys of MTL à TABLE MTL à TABLE, or the city’s Restaurant Week, runs from October 29 to November 8 this year, and for this fourth edition, the city is setting the table for 11 amazing days of feasting. For the occasion, epicureans get to taste their way through special three-course fixed price menus ($21, $31 and $41) at 150 participating restaurants across town. Exclusively this year, two $69 menus will be offered at Toqué! and Europea, both prestigious Relais & Chateaux restaurants. Some scrumptious extras also include special late-night menus for night owls, savoury and sweet brunch menus on weekends and mixology classes to shake things up a little. Get happy with Happy November Giving dreary November a dash of panache is Happy November,… / Read More →

Guide to the 2015 Edition of MTL à TABLE – Montréal’s Restaurant Week

If you love food and fall, then you’ll especially love this fall in Montréal because the city is rolling out the fourth edition of the feast known as MTL à TABLE—Montréal’s Restaurant Week—from October 29 to November 8, 2015. The 2015 edition is presented in partnership with YP Dine (an exclusive new mobile app from Yellow Pages dedicated to the restaurant and dining sector) and will see more than 150 participating restaurants, including 45 new eateries to enjoy this year. Following the same winning format as in previous editions, each restaurant will be offering a 3-course, $21, $31 and $41 set-price menu. For foodies both seasoned and new, MTL à TABLE offers a dream-come-true chance to explore the city’s fabled culinary scene. Whether you set out on a delicious discovery of several Montréal restaurants or revisit favourites, you can do it all at prices that won’t leave your wallet weeping. And with the wide range of participating restaurants to choose from, you can find something to suit every occasion, whether you’re feeling romantic, looking to book a family restaurant, organizing an outing with friends or bringing your extra special own bottle (there are 11 BYOWs to choose from!). With all… / Read More →

Montréal celebrates food all year round

[Updated on July 17, 2015] Montrealers love to celebrate anything and everything, especially food and drink. Here are the top 15 food events that you need to look out for! First Fridays (Annually from May to October) Join the fleet of Montréal food trucks every first Friday of the summer and autumn months at the Esplanade Sun Life at the Olympic Park, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. for some awesome open air eats. Montréal Oysterfest (August 29 & 30, 2015) A weekend-long festival that brings together some of the city’s finest restaurants and bars to celebrate our all-time favourite bivalve mollusc, the oyster. Omnivore Food Festival (August 20 to 24, 2015) In collaboration with the SAT (Society for Arts and Technology), the Omnivore World Tour returns every year in the month of August to discuss and demonstrate trends and innovative techniques by world-renowned chefs. Le Burger Week (Annually in September) Initiated by the same people who bring you La Poutine Week, Le Burger Week features over 30 restaurants around Montréal that offer their tasty interpretation of the humble hamburger. MTL à TABLE (October 29 to November 8, 2015) Montréal’s own restaurant week: over 140 restaurants in the city serving specialty table d’hôte menus at… / Read More →

Thing to do in Montreal: October 31-November 6

It’s Halloweeeeeen! As if you haven’t already been celebrating all week. Take a break from the candy to read what else is going on in the city these days. Food, theatre, music – it’s all around you…

Things to do in Montreal this November

If anyone dared think that with the cooling effect of November weather came a cooling of things to see, eat and do in Montreal, they’d best think again. Some of Montreal’s most popular and interesting events and festivals are just getting warmed up…