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Food-Lover's Montreal Getaway

View of a downtown marina.

Photo: Joao Canziani

Discover culinary hot spots and a lively street culture. This is the essential foodie itinerary.
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Inspired by: Guide to Canada's Top Cities — by Alysha Brown, Published Apr. 2010 Magnificent Montreal — by Adam Sachs, Published Jul. 2010

Hotels (4)

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    Le Westin Montréal

    The hotel consists of a 22-story tower and the former headquarters of the city’s Gazette newspaper. The indoor glass-bottomed pool, seemingly suspe

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    Le Petit Hôtel

    Housed in two buildings, including an old leather factory from the 19th century, the 24-room hotel appeals to young entrepreneurs with its tech-sav

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    Casa Bianca

    With most of the city’s top hotels near the old city, many a traveler interested in exploring the boutiques, restaurants, and lounges of Montreal’s

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    Hôtel Le St.-James

    Stepping into the St-James feels like stepping back into a genteel, Gilded Age manse. Housed in a gracefully restored 19th-century bank building ju

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Restaurants (14)

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    La Salle à Manger

    This neighborhood bistro hits all the marks of Nouvelle Montréal cuisine: taxidermy in the dining room, chalkboard of nose-to-tail specials, and sc

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    La Buvette Chez Simone

    A cheerful after-work crowd heads to this trendy wine bar for locally brewed McKeown cider and tasty bar snacks like grilled calamari and olives ma

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    L’Express

    Open since 1980, the restaurant is still the spot for expertly prepared French classics such as the generous pot-au-feu or the citrusy octopus-and-

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    Wilensky’s Light Lunch

    Located in the Mile End area, Wilensky’s Light Lunch serves unfussy sandwiches and fountain sodas. Opened in 1932, the restaurant was made an icon

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    Réservoir

    Réservoir's large arched windows open in summer and its second-floor terrace overlooks raised-bed gardens and iron lampposts along cobbled Duluth A

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    Liverpool House

    Liverpool House sits next-door-but-one to sibling restaurant Joe Beef and serves market-sourced dishes cooked in French and Italian styles. Daily s

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    Les Cons Servent

    Opened in 2007, Les Cons Servent is a play on words, alluding to the bistro's home-canned preserves, conserves, and pickles that are stacked on cei

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    Kitchen Galerie

    Just steps from the Jean-Talon farmers’ market, diners sit at a counter and watch chef-owners Mathieu Cloutier and Jean-Philippe St.-Denis cook up

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    Garde Manger

    One part restaurant, one part late-night bar, Garde Manger offers innovative seafood and a seat at the hottest party in town. Set in a historic Vie

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    Le Club Chasse et Peche

    Set among Vieux-Montréal’s cobblestoned lanes, this eatery is marked only by the antler-and-fish crest hanging outside the door (appropriate, since

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    Au Pied de Cochon, Montreal

    This lively restaurant, manned by chef Martin Picard, has earned a cultlike following both within the city and abroad for its obsessive (and invent

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    Joe Beef

    Chef-owners Frédéric Morin and David McMillan are the mavericks behind Joe Beef, a delightfully disheveled counterpoint to the city’s often oversty

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    Cluny Artbar

    Lunch on pressed charcuterie sandwiches at Cluny ArtBar, a funky little art gallery and café housed in a former foundry.

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    Schwartz's

    Opened in 1928, this kosher-style Jewish deli marinates its meat for 10 full days before hot-smoking it. The preservative-free beef brisket (simila

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Activities (7)

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    Instock

    Stop in at this 2009-opened boutique to pick up cult clothing brands Supra and Elm, plus works by up-and-coming Montreal artists.

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    Friperie St.-Laurent

    Fans of vintage clothing shouldn’t miss this 15-year-old shop for its well-curated selection of designer hats, scarves, and party dresses from the

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    Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

    The shop specializes in underground comics and illustrated novels, including titles written and produced by the store’s own publishing house.

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    Le Marche Jean-Talon

    Once you have the gourmet accoutrements from the Les Touilleurs kitchenware store, cab it up to Little Italy and this enormous food market, which i

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    Pullman

    Evidence that Montreal designers can compete on the world’s stage: the glorious interior of Pullman, which merges mid-century modernism (polished w

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    Les Touilleurs

    Proof that Montreal is an epicurean’s dream: this exquisitely ordered kitchenware store in Outremont’s poshest shopping neighborhood. The marble co

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    Dieu du Ciel Bar

    The brewing tradition is alive and well in Quebec, nowhere more so than at this excellent, nothing-but-the-basics microbrewery just a few blocks ea

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