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Where to shop for foodies in Montréal

Is Montréal a good place for foodies? Mais oui! Our local artisans and fine food shops offer tempting treats and sinful little jars of goodness—which travel well and make for great gifts for all your foodie friends. #nouveauté ! Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer que vous pouvez maintenant vous procurer les #gourmandises de @les.minettes dans notre section #gardemanger en #boutique et #enligne ! Une photo publiée par Les Touilleurs (@lestouilleurs) le 10 Nov. 2016 à 9h53 PST Exploring the fine food shops These gourmet meccas are where you’ll find exotic jams, syrups, maple butter, honey, homemade ketchup, vinegars, crackers, condiments, sauces, spices and marinades. Only the very best quality, of course. One of our favourites is Alexis le gourmand, which is located in a massive industrial-looking garage. We’re also weak in the knees (or taste buds) for the scrumptious selection of artisanal products—most of which are made in Montréal—at Magasin général de Castelneau. To find flavours from all four corners of the world under a single roof, head to Fouvrac. Meanwhile, you can take your tummy on a trip to France at Gourmet Laurier or La Vieille Europe, or head instead to Italy by stopping in at Milano, Pasta… / Read More →

Glitzy girls’ weekend in Montréal

For the best kind of girls’ getaway, you need a simple yet essential list of ingredients: 1) No men; 2) Lots of pampering; 3) Great spots to gab (and laugh like idiots); 4) Amazing food and drinks; and 5) Chocolate. Lots of chocolate. You’re in luck: Montréal has got it all, against the backdrop of an incredibly culture-rich city you’ll fall in love with for all kinds of other reasons too. SATURDAY Brunching There’s nothing better to get the weekend rolling than brunch, and Montréal knows brunch. Choose from a sophisticated menu (tipples included) at Le Comptoir on St-Laurent or a heartier eggs-n-bacon style selection at Fabergé (try the breakfast poutine!) in Mile End – and did we mention the gazillion options downtown? If you’re in Old Montreal, let the gabbing begin at Le Cartet, a beautiful space on McGill Avenue that serves punchy coffee, delicious mimosas and a dish that involves crêpes topped with fruit coulis and nut-and-maple French with apple butter and blueberries, plus a bowl of homemade granola. Whaaa? Yes. Learning Oh, chocolate, how we love thee. One of the funnest things to do in Montréal is learn stuff – you really know a trip will stay… / Read More →

Brunch around the world in Montréal

Coming to Montréal soon? Then you might want to take part in Montrealers’ favourite weekend activity: going out for brunch. More than a meal, it’s a religion; think of it as the Québec version of the traditional Sunday family dinner. Whether your brunch is terroir, exotic, tucked away in a bakery or an old-world tea salon, here are some great spots to try, no matter what your fancy, Saturday and Sunday included. Do it like the French! The restaurant: Leméac The neighbourhood: Outremont The ambiance: Refined and chic, Leméac has been a much-loved Montreal institution since 2001. Enjoy a Parisian-style brasserie ambiance, retro décor and cuisine that serves bistro essentials. Heads-up: you need a reservation here. What to order: poached eggs, smoked salmon and Spanish caviar on blinis ($18) and French toast, caramelized bananas and chocolate sauce ($15) When: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We also recommend: Chez Lévêque and Holder A great québécois classic The restaurant: Le Cartet The neighbourhood: Old Montréal The ambiance: A cross between fine food store and gourmet canteen, this is the go-to spot for professionals during the week; on the weekend it’s just as busy. With its long wood tables… / 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 →

Montréal’s indie coffee shops

[Updated on September 29, 2016] From Villeray to the Old Port, these independently owned java paradises serve expertly brewed and thoroughly curated beans, sanctioned by Montréal’s hip connoisseurs. Café Myriade (1432 Mackay Street, 251 Saint-Viateur Street West and 1000 Sainte‑Catherine Street West) With now three branches scattered across Montréal, Café Myriade is not only beloved by Instagrammers thanks to the Nordic-inspired décor of their Mile End shop, but also by local coffee aficionados, as their grains are sourced from esteemed and fair-trade 49th Parallel Roasters in Vancouver. Pikolo Espresso Bar (3418 Du Parc Avenue) A student favourite because of its central location between McGill and UQÀM universities, Pikolo is among the most picturesque shops in the city. This two-level café is mostly famous for its miniature 3-ounce creamy lattes, made with single origin beans from Heart Coffee Roasters in Portland. Moustache Café (35 Beaubien Street East) Located in up-and-coming Mile Ex, Moustache Café is a secret few locals are willing to share for fear it would get spoiled. Cozy ambiance, vegan smoothies, enticing aromas produced by the Synchro espresso machine all await, along with the owner’s beloved Bernese mountain dog/mascot. Maison Christian Faure (355 Place Royale) Undoubtedly one of the fanciest cafés one can get in Montréal, Maison Christian Faure’s reputation precedes… / Read More →

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…