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
A vibrant Jewish culture didn’t just bring kosher delis to Montreal, they also brought bagels. Once again however we see Montreal in an unlikely competition with its foodie rival New York. For a true Montreal bagel experience we stopped by...
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
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
The whole province of Quebec takes its agriculture very seriously, and consequently you can find some incredibly fresh, tasty products. The vendors at Atwater Market are passionate about what they sell, and they are more than happy to talk all...
4601 Rue Sherbrooke Street East, Montréal, QC H1X 2B1, Canada
At 185 acres, the Montréal Botanical Garden is less than a third the size of Mount Royal Park, but it manages to fit a remarkable collection of some 22,000 plant species and cultivars into that space, organized into 20 thematic gardens and...
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
Where North American meets Europe, and where history meets today. Old-Montreal could fool visitors into believing they've traveled halfway across the world! Cobblestone streets and old, intricately ornate buildings abound—thanks to Montreal’s...
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
The Bonsecours Market is hard to miss, whether you are walking around Montréal's historic center or looking at the skyline from the harbor. A silver dome caps the long building, which dates from 1844 and was modeled on Dublin's Customs...
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 to me what is the most popular greasy spoon in town, but in terms of age, no place beats Montreal Pool Room. Established in 1912, a lot of stuff went down in this place. Located on what used to be the most dangerous street...
536 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2L 1A9, Canada
Chef Martin Picard is one of the leaders of Montréal's restaurant scene, introducing diners—and other chefs—to a new appreciation of the bounty of local ingredients grown and produced in Québec. (He is also a television celebrity...
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’n’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 simply the stuff...
106 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H2Z 1C3, Canada
The inspiration behind Orange Rouge's dishes is still up for debate. Some might call it hipster Chinese; some might say it's nothing like traditional Cantonese fare. Others will simply not be bothered to try, seeing as the menu is on the upper end...
6827 Rue Saint-Dominique, Montréal, QC H2S 3B1, Canada
Their description alone certainly justifies a double take: pizzeria and ice-cream shop. What? Only in Montreal. But despite the rather audacious mix, Gema Pizzeria passes the test with flying colors thanks to a refined, traditional but extremely...
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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