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Gourmet institutions: 10 of Montréal’s oldest restaurants

Montréal’s restaurant scene is one of the best in the world. From fine dining restaurants to casual eateries, the sheer variety satiates all palates. Finding enduring success as a restaurant is a combination of many important variables. Here are some of Montréal’s oldest restaurants that have found the keys to longevity and are standing the test of time. L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel – 262 years (1754) – 426 Saint-Gabriel Street Founded in 1754, the Auberge Saint-Gabriel in the heart of Old Montréal is the oldest inn in North America. If the walls could talk, L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel would recount remarkable tales of Québec’s history. Its menu reflects fine French and Québec cuisine that highlights market fresh and regional ingredients for its lunch and dinner service. Montréal Pool Room – 104 years (1912) – 217 Saint-Laurent Boulevard Montréal Pool Room is a local favourite for classic hot dogs and fries. Located in the former seedy red light district of Montréal (now the Quartier des spectacles), this greasy spoon has survived a severe fire and relocation. Nothing will keep us from our beloved “steamies” served at this iconic diner. Schwartz’s Delicatessen – 88 years (1928) 3895 – Saint-Laurent Boulevard Schwartz’s smoked meat is world-renowned and is… / Read More →

Have a Mad Men guy’s weekend in Montréal

The show may be over, but Mad Men’s suits and sexiness – and some of the smoking and scandal too – live on not only in our memories (and on Netflix), but in retro style in Montréal. Tourisme Montréal’s tips for a classy weekend with the guys tap into that Mad Men aesthetic in clothes, restaurants, hotels, barbers, cigars and bars. Dress the part Update or refine your own style in Montréal at luxury retailers of designer suits and brand-name menswear Holt Renfrew, Ogilvy Monsieur and Harry Rosen downtown, or smaller boutiques like Tozzi on Crescent Street, L’Uomo Montréal and Giorgio on Peel Street, Philippe Dubuc on Saint-Denis Street, StockMarkt on Notre Dame Street West, WANT Apothecary in Westmount, and three hot Mile End retailers: Clark Street Mercantile, Les Etoffes and the storefront location of online success story Frank & Oak. If you’re in the market for a new suit, consult our guide to buying a suit in Montréal. Find soft and supple leather wallets, briefcases, bags and jackets at Rudsak on Mont-Royal Avenue and in Eaton Centre and at three central locations of M0851. For slimmer wallets, walk down to Winners in Place Montréal Trust off Sainte-Catherine Street for reduced prices on brand-name shirts, jackets,… / Read More →

Late-night dining in Montréal

[Updated on April 15, 2016] Summer in Montréal is an exciting time of year. From festivals and sidewalk sales to movies in the park and a plethora of other activities and events to keep you busy, there’s no rest of the weary. Keeping yourself fueled for moonlit walks along the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal, or taking in the sights and sounds of Place des Festivals is essential. In a city that barely sleeps during the summer, here are some of my favourite places for late-night dining. No matter what time of year, Montréal’s nightlife is bustling – there is always something going on in the city. Whether it’s grabbing a bite, or making a pit stop to charge your batteries during your nocturnal shenanigans, here are some places that should be on your itinerary when discovering Montréal at night. L’Express – 3927 Saint-Denis Street The quintessential Parisian-style bistro. Open until 3 a.m. daily, and 2 a.m. on Sundays, L’Express is a popular dining destination for locals at any hour. With dishes like their famous bone marrow starter to calf liver with tarragon, their take on classic French dishes will leave you wanting more. Leméac – 1045 Laurier Avenue West Leméac is another… / Read More →

Montreal’s Best Steaks

From the time my gums itched and my teeth came in, I was bred to be a carnivore. It goes without saying that my taste for meat is quite discriminating, so I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite Montreal steakhouse options for us meat-lovers to cut our teeth on….