Bagels, poutine, foie gras, tourtiere, deli sandwiches…sure, there are some tried and true food stereotypes about Montreal. But this serious food-lovers city has a vibrant global eating culture that can take diners on a culinary journey from Little Italy to what’s Big in Japan.
Need to know what you absolutely must eat in Montreal? Consider this your bucket list. Here are 57 things to eat and drink in Montreal before you die.
is famous for a dish called the “Sweet-Salty- Crispy Eggs Benny” that is made with Panko-crusted french toast, poached eggs, ham, and hollandaise sauce.
Those potatoes though!
If you’re going to have foie gras in Montreal, you’d best be doing so at Au Pied de Cochon. How about trying it in deep fried liquid form? Oui.
A Quebecois staple at a Montreal staple.
The Benny Mac is a mac and cheese fritter topped with pulled pork and jalapeno jelly. Do yourself a favour and save room for the S’mores Waffle.
They don’t call it the best chicken in the city for nothing.
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Try any of their bao buns.
All their milkshakes are to die for and so is their legendary mish-mash. This diner has been open for decades, and it’s a real slice of Montreal history.
Any donut here is to die for. Raspberry Cheesecake, Coconut Lime, Chocolate Brownie…
Montreal’s first vegan restaurant is still beloved by meat-free eaters (and those who don’t mind skipping the meat). Try a Dragon Bowl to see what’s kept them an enduring classic.
This is avocado toast heaven in Montreal.
Their fried chicken served in a picnic basket is an essential eat.
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So many chocolate options at Cacao 70, but can you really say no to chocolate pizzas? Exactly.
Take a guess what wins on the menu here…oysters!
As if we could leave off Joe Beef! The Lobster pasta will put you in a foodie coma. Well, pretty much everything here will, but that’s a good start.
The Margherita pizza is New York-worthy.
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Sure you could have a plain grilled cheese. Or you could go to L’Gros Luxe and have a grilled cheese with all sorts of crazy additions–look for the option to Pimp your Grilled Cheese on their menu. If you really feel the need to be extreme, order their L’Gros Luxe Caesar. It’s a meal on its own!
This seasonal cash-only ice cream spot draws crazy lines, but for a great reason. We suggest a Chocolate and pretzel dipped swirl ice cream cone.
Everything here is to die for but the dessert pancakes are a serious hit.
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You know this dish because it’s what led Chuck Hughes to bring down Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America. It’s a must-try, even in a city of so many poutines.
The obvious choice will not lead you astray here.
The balsamico brownie here will melt in your mouth.
Head to Moishes for the rib steak with a side of the delectable Monte Carlo Potato.
Not trendy in the least, Dagwoods is well-known by locals as a reliable sandwich shop with locations all around the city.
Best lemon meringue pie, period.
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This high-end speakeasy-style cocktail bar melds the complementary worlds of Japan and whiskey. Order a Perfect Manhattan, sip, and enjoy.
Cafe Myriade works primarily with Vancouver’s celebrated 49th Parallel roasters, but also sources beans from guest roasters from Montreal and beyond. Visit their cafe for an expertly pulled espresso drink.
Come on, it’s fun enough to say the name. But in all seriousness, the Mile Ex burger is legendary. It’s served as a single, double, or triple (damn!) with bacon, cheddar, and spicy mayo.
Some may consider weekend brunch at Chef Derek Dammann’s Maison Publique one of the best in the city. You’ll find decadent fare like their bacon-topped pancake stack here, served in a charming setting.
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Let’s face it: You’re not here for the food. You’re here because you can bring your dog. Dogs! This is a vegetarian cafe where you can hang out with pups inside. It’s the first of its kind in Montreal, and a must-try if you’ve got a four-legged canine companion.
Because it’s the best steak tartar in the city.
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Little Italy’s Impasto roasts their own porchetta in-house, with tantalizing results. Crispy-tender,it’s sliced up and served with poached pear and rapini.
If you want a trendy spot and a great chicken schwarma platter this is your spot.
A giant orange structure off the Decarie highway in Montreal brings surprisingly delicious toasted hot dogs and the iconic orange juice mixture everyone loves.
The pork belly will melt in your mouth and make you dream about this St-Henri staple for days to come.
The Foie Gras terrine is pure luxury here. It’s no wonder that Toqué has been on top 10 restaurant lists time and time again.
A six-course tasting menu at Le St-Urbain is a great way to get to know this 50-seat market driven neighbourhood-style restaurant.
Wilensky’s special made with all-beef bologna, salami, and swiss cheese is the best $5 you’ll ever spend.
One of the most original burgers you’ll ever have. Get the house special, which consists of a patty filled with their secret sauce served between ultra-thin buns.
Their maki and sashimi is as fresh as it gets. It’s no wonder this sushi heaven is jamming every night.
One of the oldest restaurant in Montreal, this spot has been serving happy customers since 1920. Try their all day breakfast and order the eggs in a hole.
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Hey, it may not be the best, but it’s part of Montreal’s history. You kind of have to make a stop at Schwartz’s for their epic smoked meat sandwiches, pickles, and fries.
Open your Instagram app and get ready to snap the pretty, pretty, pretty drinks coming from the bar at La Distillerie.
This cozy restaurant is cherished for its focus on game meats, and a chalet-style vibe. Try their Pork schnitzel, which is served with spätzle, mushrooms, fried egg and mustard sauce.
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The best ice cream in Montreal? Try Havre Aux Glaces for their artisanal ice creams and sorbets, using fresh ingredients.
This Hasidic bakery is well-known, and their speciality is the chocolate babka.
Part of the Joe Beef family, Liverpool House wins diners over with its rustic charm. This is rich, intense food, so be ready with your stretchy pants.
Sample Syrian cuisine at Damas, where you’ll want to try their signature Shish Taouk.
With a trim menu of sandwiches and salads, it’s hard to choose, but when they’re making their own ricotta, you have to go for it.
Take your tastebuds on a journey to China with these hand-pulled noodles. The beef noodle soup is a favourite.
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Ready for a bagel throwdown? Try the bagels at St. Viateur; they’ve been in the biz since 1957.
Now try its arch rival, Fairmount, for their award-winning bagels. You decide.
This is classic Montreal. A staggering array of choices for poutine toppings will have you going nuts trying to choose just one. La Folie, La Elvis, La Miam, La Hot-Dog, La Reggae…take your time, it’s a big decision.
Scones, sausage and egg rolls, traditional English breakfast, Kedgeree, and even more adventurous offal fare are on the menu for brunch at Lawrence.
Take advantage of this well-established French eatery’s focus on fresh ingredients and skilled technique and see what they have for their monthly tasting menu.
Hands-down, one of the city’s best spots for sipping wine.
See what all the fuss about Chef Antonio Park is about via the omakase tasting menu at his eponymous Asian-fusion (albeit sushi-centric) restaurant.