Collected by Annette Baesel , AFAR Local Expert
4615 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1S3, Canada
Who needs cupcakes or doughnuts when there is pie? Especially when the pie comes in four-bite-sized portions. The tiny pies come a variety of ways:double crust, cream, and meringue and in a variety of flavors: fruit, pecan, key lime, lemon...
263 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2V 1Y1, Canada
The Montreal bagel is a distinct species from its New York kin. Leavened without salt and baked in a wood fired oven, it is a sweeter, crunchier breed like some hybrid between a conventional bagel and pizza crust. In Montreal, locals define...
Old Port of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada
Dim sum, gourmet hot dogs, pad thai noodles, meatballs, sausages, grilled cheese sandwiches, Vietnamese spring rolls, flaky pastry treats—all this and more will be served via food trucks this summer in Montreal. After a 50 year ban on street food,...
7070 Avenue Henri-Julien, Montréal, QC H2S 3S3, Canada
Montréal's Marché Jean-Talon has been around since the 1930s—it's one of the largest and oldest farmers' markets still operating in North America. In the city's "Petite Italie" neighborhood, it's the best place on the island to get fresh produce...
Lasalle, QC H4H 1R3, Canada
Montreal's Parc des Rapides stretches along a vibrant, chaotic stretch of the famous Lachine Rapids of the St. Lawrence River. On one side of the long peninsula is the rush and whirl of water. On the other side are the quiet sheltered ponds of a...
447 Rue Saint-François-Xavier, Montréal, QC H2Y 2T1, Canada
When it comes to hotels, there are many wonderful choices in Old Montreal. But our personal favorite is Auberge Bonaparte. It is a small, quiet hotel of 30 rooms with wood floors, stone walls, large rooms, and attentive staff. The hotel is housed...
138 Avenue Atwater, Montréal, QC H4C 2H6, Canada
A late morning stroll through Atwater Market will bring out the hunger in anyone. Between fruit and vegetable vendors, you'll find local cheeses, maple syrup, honey, and and a wide a range of pastries all vying for your attention. If an hour of...
3800 Chemin Queen Mary, Montréal, QC H3V 1H6, Canada
Mark Twain, when visiting Montréal, wrote: "this is the first time I was ever in a city where you couldn't throw a brick without breaking a church window." The general vibe here is no longer very religious, though. Montréal, in fact, has one of...
1981 McGill College, 1981 Avenue McGill College, Montréal, QC H3A, Canada
In the middle of Montréal, walking up Avenue McGill College toward the Mountain, you can't help but run into the 65-person polyurethane sculpture "La Foule Illuminée" ("The Illuminated Crowd"). Sculpted by Franco-British artist Raymond Mason, this...
Rue de la Commune E, Montréal, QC H3C, Canada
One of the first things we do when we arrive in Montreal every summer is to walk down to the Lachine Canal and eat a lobster roll from MUVBOX Homard. The small eatery is actually a converted shipping container outfitted as a kitchen and walk-up...
469 Rue Milton, Montréal, QC H2X 1W3, Canada
We love bookstores especially used book shops.. One of our favorite things to do on our travel is search out English language book shops (or bookstore with English offerings). The Word is our favorite so far in Montreal. The Word is a used,...
187 Place d'Youville, Montréal, QC H2Y 2B2, Canada
What a delightful addition to Place d'Armes. Xavier Artisan offers quality house-made ice creams, coffee, soups, salads, sandwiches and pastries. The space has high ceilings and lots of light. There are comfortable chairs and good Wi-Fi. On our...
2115 Chemin du Bord-du-Lac, L'Île-Bizard, QC H9C 1P3, Canada
No matter the season, there is always something special to see at the Nature Park on Ile Bizard on the northwest edge of Montreal island. There are over 6 miles of hiking, walking, and biking paths including extensive boardwalks over swamps and...
152 Avenue Mozart E, Montréal, QC H2S 1B4, Canada
Nicola Travaglini opened his fine food boutique last fall hoping to share the delicious bounty of Italy with the food lovers of Montreal. He has succeeded and then some. Travaglini and his business partner Domenico Armeni have created an inviting...
2020 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3A 2A5, Canada
We're currently on a quest to find the best falafel in Montreal. The falafel we had at Falafel Avenue in downtown Montreal near McGill University is a definite contender. Falafel Avenue is a brightly lit, pleasant spot where you order from the...
Ville-Marie, Montreal, QC, Canada
Photo pictured on Rue St. Paul near Creperie Chez Suzette Notable favorites: Lunch at Creperie Chez Susette Caleche (carriage) tour of vieux Quebec Georgeous architecture View of St. Lawrence River Though, July was a bit hot, and Montreal is not...
1260 Chemin Remembrance, Montréal, QC H3H 1A2, Canada
From the top of Mont Royal (the city's namesake), you get this view over downtown and the St. Lawrence River. Frederick Law Olmstead (the same guy who designed New York's Central Park), laid out the public park—including "the Mountain," the city's...
Marché Bonsecours, Montréal, QC H2Y, Canada
How many people can say they've shopped in a 150 year old graded building on this side of the pond? Marché Bonsecours is acknowledged as one of Canada's ten finest heritage buildings, it's also the home of the Québec Crafts Council....
124 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2T 2L1, Canada
Olimpico is one of those places I visit whenever I return to Montreal. It is the quintessential cafe in the heart of Mile End. The decor is a mish-mash of sports bar and old-time hang out; there's a lot of Team Italia posters and soccer regalia...
1217 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2S6, Canada
It's still unclear which is the most popular greasy spoon in town, but few beat Montreal Pool Room. Established in 1912, this place is ocated on what used to be the most dangerous street corner in town, and it still maintains its reputation...
536 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2L 1A9, Canada
Famed chef Martin Picard is a fond admirer of Québécois cuisine and its authentic, rich flavors. Who cares about calories? Restaurant experiences should be about flavors, not dress sizes. You only live once, people. Enter the foie...
433 Rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2H1, Canada
Rue McGill & Rue de la Commune O, Montréal, QC H3C, Canada
Bota Bota began its life on the water as a ferryboat. Then called the Arthur Cardin, it sailed between the cities of Sorel and Berthier, just east of Montreal, back in the 1950s. Many years later, someone had the idea to transform this mothballed...
60 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M2, Canada
Summertime in Montreal brings with it all sorts of reasons to celebrate, and one of the main ones is the re-opening of the city’s ice cream parlors. This particular one on Rue Fairmount is easily the city’s most sophisticated ice cream shop, with...
6704 Rue Clark, Montréal, QC H2S 3E9, Canada
If there's one thing you need to know about Dinette is that they serve the best mac and cheese in town. Not that the other items on the menu aren't just as good—I have not heard a single complaint about this place—but the m&c is...
106 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H2Z 1C3, Canada
The inspiration behind Orange Rouge's dishes is up for debate. Some might call it a spin on Chinese; some might say it's nothing like traditional Cantonese fare. Others will simply not be bothered to try, but simply return again and again. What is...
6827 Rue Saint-Dominique, Montréal, QC H2S 3B1, Canada
Despite the rather audacious dual claim of frozen custard and Italian pizza specialties, Gema Pizzeria succeeds in pleasing all critics, thanks to refined, traditional, and extremely tasty fare, which is mostly made from produce bought at nearby...
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...
165 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Z5, Canada
Swell Fellow designs and makes quality men's fashion accessories, in particular ties and bow ties. Designs are by the talented owner, Erik Furer. Some of the ties are made on the premises by a tie maker at the front window facing the sidewalk. The...
1006 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 9Y9, Canada
One of our favorite spots in Montreal's Chinatown is Lan Zhou Noodles. It's a tiny restaurant at the top of the stairs leading down to an Asian market. The Lan Zhou style noodles are made by a man who stands at a counter near the front window. He...
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