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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 →

Treat yourself: A wellness weekend in Montréal

The best reason for a getaway is the opportunity to recharge. Although Montréal is renowned as Canada’s “sin city” — guilty as charged! — we are also a wonderful place for a healthy dose of rejuvenation. While other destinations race along at breakneck speeds, Montréal has set its own patented pace. It’s part of the city’s joie de vivre, the enjoyment of living. With this in mind, here are some wellness options to help travellers enjoy the healthier and restorative sides of Montréal. Treat yo self! Hotels The Hotel InterContinental is currently offering a Digital Detox package. Upon arrival, guests are invited to hand over their telephones, tablets, computers and other electronic devices in a safe located at the reception. The package includes a myriad of restful and invigorating opportunities: access to the water circuit at Bota Bota Spa (see below), a three-course meal at the hotel restaurant (Provençal Osco), in room breakfast and more. Located in the heart of charming Old Montréal, sumptuous Le Saint Sulpice Hotel offers an “Absolute Wellness” package. Guests get a luxurious Superior suite, continental breakfast, a voucher for the Spa Scandinave (which includes two entries and two Swedish massages) and a late checkout. The… / 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 →

Get a room: private dining options in Montréal restaurants

It goes without saying that holiday meals full of merriment taste better when you’re surrounded by the ones you love and care about. The season of sparkle is quickly approaching and group dinner plans are inevitable. Whether it’s an intimate gathering of friends and family or if you’re in town with the gang and looking for a special place to eat, here are some places in town that offer private dining options for holiday times around the table . Restaurant L’Autre Version  – 295 Saint-Paul Street East L’Autre Version is your “bistronomic” getaway in the heart of the Old Port. Focused on local products treated with creativity and infused with international influences, Executive Chef Samuel Sauvé-Lamothe’s menu entices all palates and appetites—and is accentuated by an award-winning wine list. Their private dining room accommodates a seated dinner party or cocktails and canapés all with a magnificent view of the old city, Saint-Paul Street and the famous Marché Bonsecours. Branzino – 1800 Sherbrooke Street West A great dining experience is a simple of equation of food, atmosphere and service—a balance that the team at Branzino achieves proudly. A menu that features creative and not overly complicated dishes will wow you and… / Read More →

Dig in to MTL à TABLE with these mouth-watering Instagram galleries

With MTL à TABLE, Montréal’s much-awaited annual restaurant week, just around the corner, everyone has gourmet food on the brain these days. What better way to work up an appetite for the city’s finest tables than perusing a sumptuous selection of delicious dishes? So pull up a chair and dig in to an all-you-can eat buffet of mouth-watering Instagram galleries from some of Montréal’s top chefs and restaurants. @restotapeo @resto.lesenfantsterribles @restaurantevoo @patrice_demers @mimilanuit @mercurimontreal @martin_juneau @les400coupsmtl @lachampagnerie @ikanos_mtl @henrisainthenri @damasrestaurant @chezvictoire @chezchose @callaomontreal Still feeling peckish? Scroll down to fill up on more fabulous food pics!

Spotlight on new Québec cuisine: five excellent picks

The first time you set foot in Québec, the clichés about its cuisine abound. Montréal, mecca of poutine, beaver tails and pâté chinois. A paradise where rich dishes and heaping plates help protect you from the cold? Perhaps. But this description feels a little overcooked. And ever since Toqué—the restaurant that redefined Québec cuisine—opened its doors, the culinary scene continues to chart daring and creative new territory, so much so that the Omnivore food festival has been firing up Foodlab for the past three years now. Who are the chefs to watch? The restaurants not to miss during your next visit to Montréal? Our recommendations: Manitoba Manitoba is situated smack dab in the middle of the Mile Ex industrial district, in an up-and-coming neighbourhood that’s very popular among Montrealers. This delightful rustic-chic restaurant, which takes a walk on wild side, boasts a menu entirely dedicated to Québec terroir cuisine and feels entirely one-of-a-kind. The restaurant, created by the design firm La Firme, ushers the flora and fauna of Québec to its open kitchen past a slender dark wood bar and an intricate cedar ceiling. It’s pleasing to the eye, friendly and accessible. The menu changes according to product availability. Go… / Read More →

TASTE MTL 2013: Late Night Menus

If you haven’t already heard the news, the second edition of TASTE MTL takes place November 1-11, showcasing over 100 restaurants around Montreal featuring signature fixed price and table d’hote menus. Late night diners can now take part in the culinary party, as the 2013 edition of this restaurant week sees the addition of a late night menu by a handful a restaurants…

10 Delicious Montreal Food Experiences

Fresh ingredients, cozy eateries, late nights and good company are all part of Montreal’s culinary culture. Try these local favorites to please your taste buds and feed your joie de vivre. Warning, the names might not roll off your tongue…


The Canadian Mondays events are a brilliant idea by Pastaga chef Martin Juneau who decided to use his restaurant as a window to introduce some of Canada’s most talented chefs to our fair city. The first Canadian Monday event took place at Pastaga on December 3, 2012 with guest chef Marc Lépine from Ottawa restaurant Atelier…


It’s harvest time again in Montreal, the maple leaves have turned and leaf peepers crown the country roads on weekends, mixing with the trucks that bring the produce in to stock the cold rooms of the city’s top artisans. This is perhaps the season when our culinary uniqueness is the most obvious. The thing is, we have the same crops here as do many cities in our latitude – mushrooms, greens, tomatoes, squash – and yet our chefs always find new and ever more appealing ways to showcase the season’s bounty.