Cheap Eats in Montreal
Collected by Marie-Eve Vallieres, AFAR Local Expert
Poutine, sandwiches, tacos and grilled chicken are some of Montreal's staple cheap eats. Montreal might be home to some of the best restaurants in North America, that doesn't mean all of them are unaffordable - thanks to a thriving artist and student population, the city has a surprisingly large quantity of no-frills yet tasty and quality menus to offer to budget-strapped travelers.
4177 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y7, Canada
If you’re hungry, broke, and in the Mont-Royal neighborhood, you should definitely head to PatatiPatata. Pata what? This tiny, brightly colored place, located at the corner of Rue Rachel and Blvd. St Laurent, is famous for its amazing and cheap...
1616 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1L7, Canada
I'm from Montreal, but I moved away in 2001. However, on my return visits—and there have been many—I've tried the new foods the city has to offer. Recently, I came across Grumman 78, a taco truck that also has an outpost in the Le Faubourg mall...
969 Rachel St E, Montréal, QC H2J 2J2, Canada
Portuguese grills have really popped up everywhere in Montreal in the last couple of years, thanks to the ingenuity of chef Tony Alves, who is also behind the successful and all-time-favorite cheap eat Romados. Ma poule mouillée (literally, "my...
34 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M1, Canada
Wilensky’s is sort of an institution in the Mile End. Family-owned since its opening in 1932, the place is famous for its extremely cheap snacks, no-nonsense approach, and retro decor. Pressed tin ceiling, Kik Cola clock, ring-up cash register,...
4631 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R2, Canada
What started out as a blink-and-you'll-miss-it hole in the wall became a full-blown hype restaurant where masses gather to celebrate the joys of vegan cuisine. Thanks to the savoir-faire of brothers Michael and Liam Makhan, eating healthy can be...
1019 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J4, Canada
No, Qing Hua is not a fancy place. The ceiling is covered in harsh neon lights and the walls could use a decor upgrade. And the furniture? Nothing to write home about. Indeed, nothing at Qing Hua is fancy. But who needs frivolity when you can get...
1001 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J4, Canada
While the map says it's located in Montreal's Chinatown, do not let yourself be scared of labels. The area is more of a melting pot of several Asian cultures rather than the Chinese alone—luckily for us, if I do say so: the more the merrier! Pho...