Olive et Gourmando is the quintessential Montreal brunch/lunch spot, located in Old Montreal. Pastries are all up front and sandwiches/gourmet dishes ready to order are in the back. Grab a table, go to the back and make your order, cafeteria style. Sit back down and someone will bring you your food. Not only is the food amazing—hello, truffled mac 'n' cheese—but the scene of the interchangeable English/French hybrid of locals in this bustling yet cozy room is fascinating to watch.
If you can’t get a seat, get a croissant or ten to go.
O+G has been one of downtown Montreal's most popular cafes since it opened more than 12 years ago.
The bakery dishes a multitude of doughy treats, while the rolls and tarts remain my favorites. A great way to spend an afternoon: Order a cup of tea and a bowl of chickpea salad, grab a chair by the window, and watch the tourists roll through Old Montreal. If you're nice, you'll tell them all about O+G, but I wouldn't blame you if you want to keep it to yourself.