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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 →

Tenth hour? 12 shops for last-minute holiday gifts in Montréal!

We know it: You had the best of intentions. You started thinking about it in November! But now you’re down to the wire, the holidays are days away, and you haven’t bought gifts for any of the dozen people on your list. Fear not: you’re in a shopping mecca! Montréal has got it all, the perfect thing for everyone from your second cousin to the lady who walks your dog. Here are 12 stores for the 12 days of Christmas, and the three seconds you have left to buy gifts. For toys and board games and more Valet d’coeur is a jam-packed mainstay on St-Denis that brims with hundreds of board games (in both English and French), puzzles, Dungeons and Dragons dice, miniature lead figurines and gaming cards. For crafts, art supplies and toys Brault & Bouthillier is known by schools, which it supplies, but this giant store on Beaumont is a secret source of art supplies, craft supplies, stuffed toys, balls, books, stickers, puppets, costumes… there isn’t much they don’t have. For cool knickknacks and home beautification One of the coolest things about the Quebec home wares chain Zone Maison is how it constantly reinvents itself to keep up… / Read More →

Roll up your sleeves: Montréal cooking classes perfect for foodies

Sometimes, it’s just not enough to tick all those must-visit restaurants, bars and bistros off your list. Sometimes, you want to get your hands dirty (or sticky, or salty) and prepare that perfect plate of food yourself. Well, we wouldn’t blame you for being inspired to try your hand in the kitchen after eating your way through this fabulously foodie city. Luckily, Montréal’s got plenty of cooking classes – from well-known workshops to secret foodie favourites. The Old Port is known for fine dining, so it’s no surprise that popular cooking and cocktail school Ateliers et Saveurs calls this neighborhood home. With everything from sushi-making to tapas, you’ll get hands-on experience and time to enjoy your meal or cocktail creations after class. Workshops ($22-$110) are normally in French, but translation can usually be provided. They say there’s something therapeutic about watching someone else cook, which may be why Westmount cookbook store Appetite for Books has such popular workshops. Classes ($85-$131) are based on one of the books in the store, so on any given evening you could be introduced to fruity preserves, South-East Asian fare, or vegetarian classics. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a class presented by one… / Read More →