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A guide to Montréal’s must-see neighbourhoods: Part 1

Every enclave of Montréal has its glittering highlights and its open secrets – in Part 1 of our guide, we look at Old Montréal, Griffintown, Little Burgundy, Saint-Henri and Verdun – from restaurants to historical sites, shopping to outdoor adventure, each of the city’s neighbourhoods has something unique to offer. Old Montréal Vieux-Montréal represents the city’s historical heart, yet boasts plenty of modern flare, especially among its boutique hotels and creative eateries. Tread the cobblestone streets past centuries-old architecture to visit museums, cathedrals and art galleries, walk along the Port of Montréal on the St. Lawrence River, dine at heavenly restaurants and charming cafes, relax at a bar or a luxurious spa, go shopping for high-fashion by local and international designers, or wonderfully kitschy souvenirs, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, and see live music and more on the bustling streets. Griffintown In the past few years, some of the city’s hottest restaurants, bars and art galleries have popped up in Griffintown, just south of downtown, joining antique shops and historical sites to heighten the profile of the growing neighbourhood. On the foodie front, breweries and cafés rub shoulders with fine dining and cocktail lounges. One of the city’s larger commercial gallery spaces,… / Read More →

All you can eat buffets in Montréal

Amidst the thousands of restaurants in the city that offer the very best of Québecois terroir cuisine lead by kitchen teams and international award winning chefs, whether we all admit to it or not, everyone holds a soft spot in their heart for a banging all you can eat buffet. Pavillon 67 (1 Du Casino Avenue) If a more western style all you can eat buffet is more your style, be sure to visit Pavillon 67 located in the iconic Casino de Montréal, and headed by Jean-Pierre Curtat. Enjoy the buffet formula of “abundance” and “gourmet” with breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence seaway and skyline of the city. The concept of Pavillon 67 is that most of the buffet food is prepared in front of the guest – a rotisserie station sees whole roasted turkeys and chicken carved to order, as well as succulent whole-roasts sliced to perfection. Pavillion 67 also offers a brunch buffet on weekends. Jardin De Jade Poon Kai Restauran (67 De la Gauchetière Street West) What’s a Chinatown without the quintessential Chinese buffet? Rows upon rows of steam tables with trays of classic and non-traditional Chinese dishes; Jardin De Jade Poon Kai Restaurant offers all your favourite Cantonese, Szechuan… / Read More →

Montréal celebrates food all year round

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! Je t’aime en chocolat A weekend-long event dedicated to all things chocolate. Join chocolate vendors and experience seminars by the Academy of Chocolate and a chocolate fashion show, all for free at Bonsecours Market. Annually in February (2016 dates to be confirmed). La Poutine Week Some 40 restaurants around the city create signature poutines – our official-unofficial dish – in a bid to win the title of the city’s best poutine. Annually in February (2016 dates to be confirmed). Mondial des cidres Taking place at the Grande-Place of Complexe Desjardins, this event introduces over 300 varieties of sparkling, still, and ice cider made locally in Québec. Annually in February (2016 dates to be confirmed). MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE The 16th edition runs until March 1. One of the largest festivals in the world celebrating winter, Montréal en Lumiere pairs world renowned chefs with some of the city’s finest tables to create menus and wine pairings offering unforgettable experiences. Aperitivo Montréal’s Little Italy invites you to experience the Italian tradition of “Aperitivo” (a European version of happy hour). From February 4 to March 25different… / Read More →

Top Montréal restaurants for the gourmet traveller

Some people eat to live and some live to eat. This list is for the latter: those who are driven by the decadent pleasure of discovering new gourmand destinations and enjoying delectable gastronomic experiences. For fine dining par excellence: Restaurant Toqué!  Chef Normand Laprise’s cuisine – the very one that started the Montréal food revolution – will leave you speechless and wanting more. For a European feel: Europea A fine Relais & Châteaux dining experience to be enjoyed in the heart of Montréal’s downtown core. For a bit of romance: Chez L’Épicier A fine dining establishment with a touch of whimsy, the charming Chez L’Épicier is located inside a beautiful old stone building in Old Montréal. The chocolate club sandwich for dessert is a must. For those who want to see and be seen: Pastaga Star chef Martin Juneau’s food draws admiring crowds in and the casual yet dazzling food keeps them coming back for more. For the sweet tooth: Patrice Pâtissier Here, you can end a great and delicate dinner with one of Patrice Demers’ scrumptious desserts. For the foie gras enthusiasts: La Chronique This is where you go for the best foie gras in Montréal, and keep returning… / Read More →

Best traditional Quebecois Cuisine in Montreal

Montreal has always been considered the crossroads of the old and new world, a place where tradition meets avant-garde in all aspects of culture, joie de vivre and, most importantly, food. Scattered around the city are a handful of restaurants that not only focus on local terroir cuisine, but offer a nod to the province’s culinary heritage…

Montreal’s French Culinary Heritage

Montreal is a city that boasts a rich multi-cultural culinary heritage, including many influences from every corner of the planet. The most important influence of all however – and one that has been present the longest – is undoubtedly French cuisine…

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….

5 PLACES TO EAT IN OUTREMONT

The Outremont neighbourhood of Montreal conjures up images of beautiful parks, large, tree-lined streets and dreamy mansions. It is also a great neighbourhood for a culinary outing with friends or family. Here are some of my favourite spots to grab a bite…

MONTREAL DISHCRAWL: RUE SAINT-PAUL RESTAURANTS

Everyone loves a Pub Crawl. What’s not to love? It’s a fun and efficient way to discover a slice of the local nightlife. But what about the Foodies? Enter Dishcrawl, which in layman’s terms is simply a pub crawl with food…