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You want to try out the best gourmet restaurant? You’re looking for a cosy café? You’re looking forward to relishing local specialities? Or you want to turn the night into day at a cool club? Let our select choices inspire you.

    • Verses/Verses Sky

      Pretty terrace
      Creative, tasty, varied multi-layered cuisine inspired by French haute cuisine and also featuring local specialities such as maple syrup and moose meat. On warm days, it’s especially lovely in Verses Sky, the lounge on the roof terrace with views over the roofs of the Old Town, Notre Dame Cathedral and the downtown office towers.
      100, rue Saint-Paul Ouest
      Montreal, QC H2Y 3W2
      +1 514 788 4000
      versesrestaurant.com
    • Restaurant Mezcla

      Fusion cuisine for the adventurous
      This place brings together traditional South American cuisine with the art of traditional French cooking. Most of the dishes are prepared using local produce from Quebec and the fish is sourced exclusively from a sustainable fishery. The 4 or 6-course Chef's choice menu simply has to be tried! Every course is unique, delighting diners with an unexpected blend of aromas. Indulge in these culinary delights, washed down with one of the delicious South American or Spanish wines, and soak up the relaxed atmosphere.
      1251, Rue de Champlain
      Montréal, QC H2L 2R9
      +1 514 525 9934
      restaurantmezcla.com
    • Le Local

      Creative and popular
      Le Local is a huge hit. In their open kitchen, the young head chef Olivier Belzile and his crew work their magic with the focus and serenity of Zen masters, serving up wonderful dishes. Light, creative cuisine in an atmospheric post-industrial interior.
      740, rue William
      Montreal, QC H3C 1P1
      +1 514 397 7737
      resto-lelocal.com
    • Joe Beef

      Plain but fabulous
      After opening in 2005, Joe Beef quickly advanced from insider tip to one of the fixtures on Montreal’s culinary scene. The down-to-earth interior, unpretentious pub-like atmosphere and simple but wonderfully prepared dishes of fresh products make for a perfect combination. Kitchen chef Fred Morin earned his spurs as a farmer and market trader. He and his partner David McMillan also run the McKiernan and Liverpool House establishments next door.
      2491, rue Notre-Dame
      Montreal, QC H3J 1N5
      +1 514 935 6504
    • Le Saint-Gabriel

      Traditional establishment
      The Saint-Gabriel takes guests back to the early days of Montreal’s history. The carefully restored building with lots of original details was built in 1688, and from 1754 served as an inn – the first of its kind in the whole of North America. Today, the traditional building belongs to the Swiss restaurateur Marc Bolay and his friend, the Canadian entertainer Garou. Excellent French country cooking.
      426, rue Saint-Gabriel
      Montreal, QC H2Y 2Z9
      +1 514 878 3561
      lesaint-gabriel.com
    • Olive et Gourmando

      Coffee and a chat
      Whether for a chat or to read the newspaper, tourists and locals alike come in their droves to this charmingly decorated café in Old Montreal. Home-made granola, croissants and all sorts of other baked goods, plus sandwiches and light meals.
      351, rue Saint-Paul Ouest
      Montreal, QC H2Y 2A3
      +1 514 350 1083
      oliveetgourmando.com
    • Mamie Clafoutis

      The French art of baking
      Warm brioche, crispy baguettes and delicious tarts – Chez Mamie (literally "at Grandma's") everything is prepared by hand with great attention to detail. Their own bakery insists on using only flour from Quebec. Alongside seasonal baked goodies, they also sell delicious sandwiches, quiches and hearty salads for a French lunch. There are six branches throughout Montreal, but the one on Rue Saint Denis gets our special seal of approval.
      3660, Rue Saint-Denis
      Montréal, QC H2X 3L7
      +1 438 380 5624
      mamieclafoutis.com
    • Le Cagibi

      Original interior
      The former Café Esperanza in the city’s multicultural Mile End district is just as enchanting for visitors in its new incarnation, which features seemingly casually compiled, original furniture, a relaxed atmosphere and great vegetarian dishes, as it used to be.
      5490, boul. Saint-Laurent
      Montreal, QC H2T 1A5
      +1 514 509 1199
      lecagibi.ca
    • Schwartz’s Hebrew Delicatessen

      Old-fashioned and popular
      Schwartz’s Hebrew Delicatessen has been serving Jewish specialities with an Eastern European touch since 1928. The impressive sandwiches with smoked meat and pickles are legendary. A Montreal institution – pleasantly old-fashioned, and so popular that there are often long queues at the door.
      3895, boul. Saint-Laurent
      Montreal, QC H2W 1L2
      +1 514 842 4813
      schwartzsdeli.com
    • St-Viateur Bagel Shop

      World famous bagels
      The mother of all bagels – as the newspaper reports on the walls confirm – the St-Viateur Bagel Shop is world famous. Lots of people just stop only here when they are in Montreal. Montreal’s bagels taste different from the New York ones – although to the people of Montreal, there is no doubt as to whose are the best.
      263 St. Viateur West
      Montreal, Quebec H2V 1Y1
      +1 514 276 8044
      stviateurbagel.com
    • Dieu du Ciel

      Cosy and authentic
      Homely brasserie with its own micro brewery. An authentic Montreal experience. The offer of self-brewed beers is constantly changing because the brewers are always trying out new ideas in their tireless quest for good recipes. Their motto is, «We only make beers that we like ourselves». For instance, Blanche de Février, a Belgian-style wheat beer, Cologne-style Basse Messe or a coconut-and-vanilla stout with the highly promising name of Aphrodisiaque.
      29, av. Laurier Ouest
      Montreal, QC H2T
      +1 514 490 9555
      dieuduciel.com
    • Newtown

      By Jacques Villeneuve
      Newtown is Villeneuve in French – et voilà: the bar with the restaurant and rooftop terrace belongs to legendary Montreal racing driver and former Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve. The lively atmosphere at Newtown and the neighbouring taverns along the Rue Crescent prevails well beyond the Canadian Grand Prix.
      1476, rue Crescent
      Montreal, QC H3G 2B2
      +1 514 284 6555
      newtown.ca
    • Casa del Popolo

      Local DJs
      Musically speaking, there’s more to Montreal than Leonard Cohen and Céline Dion. Both the indie and the experimental scenes are buzzing. Good places to hear local and international talents are the Casa del Popolo and the Sala Rossa across the street. During the daytime, the Casa is a cosy café. Over at the Sala Rossa, cutting-edge DJs keep spirits high at weekends with their beats.
      4873, boul. Saint-Laurent
      Montreal, QC H2T 1R5
      +1 514 284 3804
      casadelpopolo.com